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Title: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by Seán Kelly on Today at 20:08
Those who were at PoD last year will remember the stir caused by Mezzo Soprano Naomi Hyamson and might like to know that she is playing two shows at the Rosemary Branch Theatre in Islington - 22nd March and 4th April 2005.

The shows are a celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 75th Brithday and as such will not feature any PA/CJ songs - but still sound like they will be mighty fine events. Naomi will be accompanied by Jenny Gould on piano - Jenny is Naomi's musical director and a composer of musical theatre.  Apparently  Stephen Rose will not appear, despite what it says in the brochure.  

I know all this because it turns out that (blush) one of my pictures of Naomi at PoD is being used in the new Rosemary Branch brochure - you can download a pdf of it at  http://www.rosemarybranch.co.uk/theatre.htm
A sclonch anyone?

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 22.01.05 at 00:43
Hello MVs, and thank you Seán.
Perhaps I should make clear to those who heard the pianist Stephen Rose's beautiful playing at PoD that he will, however, be accompanying me at other such shows in the near future!

Best wishes - Naomi


Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by Leslie Moss on 26.01.05 at 18:29

on 01/22/05 at 00:43:15, naomi wrote :
Perhaps I should make clear to those who heard the pianist Stephen Rose's beautiful playing at PoD that he will, however, be accompanying me at other such shows in the near future!

Best wishes - Naomi


Delighted to hear it - and welcome to the Forum Naomi. I'm very much hoping to catch one of the shows.

Leslie

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 19.02.05 at 00:32
Many thanks indeed, Leslie. It'd be great to see some MVs there.

Apologies for the delay in replying: I've been busy practising for the show!

All the best - Naomi

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by Leslie Moss on 19.02.05 at 23:07
Sean, myself and my wife Gill will be at the April show - hope to be able to say hello.

Leslie

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 05.03.05 at 20:43
That's great! The show should finish at about 9.45pm, so I hope that you three (and any other MVs kind enough to come along to the gig) will have time to say hello afterwards.

Thanks again,
Naomi


Title: anyone else?
Post by Seán Kelly on 21.03.05 at 11:35
Hey I know three's a crowd (me and Leslie and Gill)- but I imagine we could cope if more MV's want to join us - get sclonching  - Mr Mogless are you out there?

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 23.03.05 at 14:03
Hello chaps,

There are tickets left for the April 4 show - but not many (the theatre is very small). So if, nearer the time, any MVs have a problem getting tickets, let me know and I should be able to get you in!

Thanks for your support,
Naomi

Title: Great Stuff from Naomi
Post by Seán Kelly on 05.04.05 at 23:02
The smallest sclonch (in case you don't know this is Andy Love's name for an MV gathering) in known history (ie me and Leslie Moss) witnessed an excellent show by Naomi Hyamson last night - dedicated to Stephen Sondheim's 75th Birthday - a really well paced performance of songs by Sondheim as well as those who influenced him and in turn those he influenced - including one song by the excellent pianist and musical director for the night Jenny Gould.  Leslie and I were most impressed.  Naomi performed a number of songs that we had heard at POD and very good it was to hear them again - Leslie commented that she was in particularly fine form last night - as if we had seen her often - but really no-one could possibly have disagreed.   No PA/CJ stuff of course but a great night out - oh yes and birthday cake too for the audience to finish off - nice touch.  Naomi hopes to be back at the Rosemary Branch before long - we certainly recommend you get there if you can!
Seán
(okay I need to get my son to change the photo on the left - in the meantime think greyer and with beard  :)   Actually I discovered last night that I look quite like Stephen Sondheim if I bouff my hair up a bit - I pointed this out to Leslie - who replied "yes but without the talent" - Thanks Leslie!

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by Leslie Moss on 06.04.05 at 04:47
Just to add my two pennies worth to Sean's posting. Anyone who loves the combination of Clive's love of language and Pete's uncliched chord progressions would love Naomi's choice of Sondheim and friends. She'd previewed several of the songs at PoD, including the wonderful Amor, which must have stretched singer and pianist to their limit to keep the timing on track. A great set by a great singer/pianist combination and it was a pleasure to be able to share in very intimate event - perhaps 60 people packed into a tiny theatre and the opportunity to chat over coffee with Naomi and Jenny.

Oh, and her programme notes included Midnight Voices amongst her thank yous.

Leslie

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 13.05.05 at 16:10
Many, many thanks, Seán and Leslie, for coming along to the show that my pianist Jenny Gould and I did at the Rosemary Branch Theatre to celebrate Stephen Sondheim at 75 - and for your immensely kind response. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. We did, too - because the audience was so fab and shared our enthusiasm for those wonderful songs.

The MV sclonch may have been rather smallish in quantity, but it was of extremely high quality; and it was great to be able to chat with Seán and Leslie in the bar afterwards.

Many thanks indeed to all Midnight Voices for publicising the gig in the Forum, and especially to Seán for letting us use the pic he took at PoD last November in the theatre's brochure.

I do apologise for not expressing my appreciation sooner - it's hard to find the right words!

All best,
Naomi

PS: If I may, I'll let you know of any forthcoming gigs I am doing, through the Forum

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by S J Birkill on 13.05.05 at 22:11

on 05/13/05 at 16:10:20, naomi wrote :
PS: If I may, I'll let you know of any forthcoming gigs I am doing, through the Forum

Please feel free, Naomi -- happy to promote good gigs here!
Steve

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 04.06.05 at 12:42
Many thanks, Steve ! Right, here goes:

On Tuesday July 19 at 1pm, I will be giving a free concert with, on piano, Stephen Rose - who was my excellent accompanist at PoD - at the City Lit adult education institute in Central London as part of their series of lunchtime recitals by students. It will finish by 2pm. Latecomers will be admitted (and early departers allowed to leave!)

It's another celebration of Stephen Sondheim at 75, and most of the songs we'll be doing also appeared in my evening show "Send in the Clowns" (which Seán and Leslie saw); but it is not another performance of that show.

The repertoire is not yet finalised (yes, I know the concert is only six weeks away!) but will definitely include songs by Sondheim, Bernstein and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

There won't be any Atkin/James songs, I'm afraid.  I am (with their kind permission) hoping to perform some PA/CJ songs again in the near future.

The venue is the Recital Room, Ground Floor, City Lit, Keeley St, London WC2. It's off Kingsway, the nearest Tube being Holborn and Covent Garden. (NB: the City Lit has moved, so don't go to the old building, which is in another street.) No advance booking - just turn up.

It would be great to see some fellow MVs there. Remember, it's free!

Best wishes,
Naomi Hyamson

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 18.07.05 at 12:25
Hello all,

Just a reminder: if you'll be in Central London on Tuesday July 19 and looking for something to do at lunchtime, I hope you might be able to come to the free recital that I'll be giving with Stephen Rose at the City Lit (in the recital hall on the ground floor) in Keeley St WC2 (off Kingsway) at 1pm. Will be over by 2pm. Nearest Tube is Holborn.

It's a celebration of Stephen Sondheim at 75 - songs by Sondheim, Bernstein, Rodgers and others. It's not a repeat performance of my show "Send in the Clowns", which Seán and Leslie were kind enough to attend, but much of the repertoire will be the same.

Thanks, Naomi

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by Leslie Moss on 18.07.05 at 18:10
Good luck Naomi. I was hoping to come notwithstanding having heard the songs previously but have got hijacked by a client meeting. But I'll be there in spirit.

Any Voices in the vicinity - if you can spare the hour you'll have a treat in store.

Leslie

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by Seán Kelly on 19.07.05 at 13:02
Regret I can't attend either - but do let us know of any more Naomi - and anyone who attends please do report back!
Seán

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 10.08.05 at 22:49
Well, as far as I know I was the only MV there on July 19 - and as I was the one singing  I'm perhaps not best placed to report back on the performance. But the audience were great, and the place was full. Someone even arrived during the last song (interpreting "latecomers admitted" very literally, but I'm certainly not complaining!)

Given that Midvodia seems to have gone rather quiet, may I presume further on Mr Birkill's good nature and indeed that of the MVs at large, and get in an early plug for my debut at Des de Moor's cabaret club Pirate Jenny's, which is to take place on the evening of this Tuesday November 15?

I first saw Pete in performance at Pirate Jenny's (back in 2001), so I'll be walking in illustrious footsteps.

Mind you, and NB, Pirate Jenny's now operates in Central London - at the Drill Hall, which I think is in Chenies St WC1 (no longer at the Vortex).

With Jenny Gould on piano, I'll be singing some Stephen Sondheim songs, and also numbers by Sondheim's contemporaries, by those who have influenced him and by those whom he has influenced  - in another celebration of the great man's 75th birthday. Much of the repertoire will be different to what you heard me do at PoD last year, I should point out ! For instance, we plan to do some songs by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock.

For the second half of the evening, Des de Moor is planning to revive his much-acclaimed re-interpretations of David Bowie songs, with Russell Churney on piano.

As far as I know, at the time of writing, booking is not yet open; nor do I have the kick-off time or the ticket prices  - but maybe anyone interested in coming along to the gig could pencil it in their diaries provisionally !

Will let you have further details when I have them - and they'll in due course appear on the Pirate Jenny's website, of course.

Best wishes,
Naomi Hyamson


Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 08.09.05 at 23:32
Hello all,

"Naomi plays two shows" is accurate this time: as well as the Pirate Jenny's gig at the Drill Hall in Chenies St on November 15, and for which booking is now open (see Drill Hall website), I've been asked to do some songs at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (The Mall) on the afternoon of Saturday September 17, also accompanied by Jenny Gould.

What will interest Midnight Voices is that our ICA gig is to include that gem from the Atkin/James songbook, "An Empty Table". Clive has very kindly made a small change to  his lyrics to enable me to sing the song (otherwise the first-person in the song is male) - and I am of course immensely grateful to both Pete and Clive for this.

Jenny and I will be doing a 20-minute set of London-themed songs as part of an afternoon-long event on Saturday September 17 in the bar of the ICA. The event, which is also to include discussion and film, is entitled "London through the eyes of Londoners". The ICA website has details.

As well as the PA/CJ song, Jenny and I will be performing songs by Coward, Debussy, George Gershwin, and Lerner and Loewe. We do hope some MVs will be able to be there for what one might call the "female premiere" of "An Empty Table" !

Best wishes to all - and heartfelt thanks once more to Pete and Clive,

Naomi H

 



Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 08.09.05 at 23:38
Clarification to the above:

Jenny Gould and I are scheduled to perform our 20-minute set during the ICA event on Sat September 17 at 3.15pm.

(The event itself, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, begins at 2pm).

Best wishes,

Naomi Hyamson

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 14.09.05 at 11:03

Sorry for another plug, folks, but below is what the ICA has now sent me about their event this Saturday (Sep 17, 2-6pm). My songs (which will start at 3.15pm or 3.30pm) will include Pete and Clive's "An Empty Table"(amended, as mentioned above) . As you can see, I'll be in illustrious company - so I hope some MVs might be able to come along to help me conquer my nerves !!

Best wishes, Naomi H


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Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by Secret Drinker on 14.09.05 at 14:56

on 09/08/05 at 23:32:04, naomi wrote :
What will interest Midnight Voices is that our ICA gig is to include that gem from the Atkin/James songbook, "An Empty Table". Clive has very kindly made a small change to  his lyrics to enable me to sing the song (otherwise the first-person in the song is male) - and I am of course immensely grateful to both Pete and Clive for this.


My guess is that the lines to be changed are:

"And you leaned back in laughter
With your lovely shoulders bare"

I thought it would be an interesting MV challenge to guess what they will be changed to (Naomi, and of course Pete and Clive, will not be eligible to guess!) Any suggestions, serious or otherwise?

The only other line I could see that might need changing is the one with the reference to "solitary men". Bit more tricky, that one, as it rhymes with "then" in the next line...  :huh:

Anyway, to get the ball rolling, how about:

"And you leaned back in laughter
And overturned your chair"

Hmm... maybe not  ;D

Naomi, I hope it goes well. Sadly we won't be able to attend this time  :(

Cheers

Paul

Still keeping a lowish profile in Herts

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by Andy Love on 21.09.05 at 00:33

on 09/14/05 at 14:56:32, Secret Drinker wrote :
My guess is that the lines to be changed are:

"And you leaned back in laughter
With your lovely shoulders bare"

... how about: ...

"And you leaned back in laughter
And overturned your chair"



A good try, Mr. Drinker !

I pitched up at the ICA on Saturday to witness this historic event, held in a gallery bar.  

Was a bit confused because not much more than 45 minutes earlier I'd been at home chucking the last of my morning pint of coffee down my gullet. Increasingly I find it difficult to get the hang of mornings and an industrial hit of caffeine often fast-forwards me sufficiently to synchronise with everyone else.  But not Saturday.

It was one of those journeys where every leg seemed to have been pre-set: the fastest train available (one of Mr. Branson's) was waiting at the platform for me and, just as soon as I had stepped on, it started rolling; ditto the tube; a short walk under Admiralty Arch and there, very suddenly, I was.  

I tried my best to explain to the guy at the front desk why I was there : for some reason the title of the event had completely escaped me.  In desperation I mumbled something about having had an e-mail from one of the performers and that appeared to work. I was whisked through the barrier and upstairs to the bar. There were about twenty-five people there at any one time with lots of comings and goings. It was a bit of a noisy venue for what was essentially a spoken word event : outside traffic (sadly no sirens, Sean!) ; people ordering and receiving food and drinks ; an absurdly badly-behaved coffee machine that went Ssshhhoooooooshhhh every few minutes ; and the buzz of conversation from the cafe area below the gallery. Nevertheless...

In the first half of the surrounding show - which was entirely London-centric: three novellists and/or poets gave entertaining accounts of what London meant to them; a documentary-maker posed thought-provoking questions about the benefits of the Olympics to a city; a cabbie with a huge talent for engaging an audience had a rant about bollards and other unnecessarily-expensive street furniture; and an actress called Hattie did something perfectly unintelligible.

There was a slight pause then while Jenny Gould set up her keyboard and Naomi distributed copies of a commentary (very like the PoD one) to accompany her songs.  Also during this interval I had the honour of being joined by none other than SJB, pausing briefly between Korea and Canada and in good form.  I had to nip out for a quick aconsitutional but was rather nonplussed to be told that I had to pay  £1.50 to get back in. This was particularly galling because Steve was guarding my that-much-worth of beer (half-a-pint, bloody criminal etc.) upstairs.  After all my protestations were resolutely rebuffed, I again tried mumbling 'e-mail...performer' and, whaddya know?  Perhaps we could have a competition to see how many places we can blag ourselves into by claiming receipt of an e-mail from an unspecified person?

Midvodian NH sang six songs in a rather stunning jacket and was received very well indeed. Some of her lowest notes tended to be drowned out in the general hubbub, though.  The sixth song was 'Empty Table'.  Jenny had got her part exactly right - did she have a score from PA (and, if so, can I have a copy?!) - and Naomi was as commanding as we now know her to be, working the song really well.  

And suddenly it was over and done. I didn't stay for the second part of proceedings, opting for a (very) quick stroll round bits of the National Gallery and a walk up to Camden Town via Foyles and the Tottenham Court Road gadget shops. Refuelled in Camden and then back on the train - in which I sat next to somebody vaguely famous.

So Mr. Drinker, Sir : do you have any further questions, perchance?  ;)

Best to all

Andy

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by avner greenberg on 23.09.05 at 21:24
Andy, I'm sure that Mr. Drinker would really love to know how Empty Table was regendered. Hopefully nothing too irreverent ending in "hair".
I envy you that 40 minute commute to the ICA!

Avner

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by Leslie Moss on 27.09.05 at 15:53
Most sorry that I missed this gig. I was at that time otherwise occupied at the London School of Economics at a revision day for my OU Physics degree (at my time of life this is called masochism!). But knowing Naomi's previous gigs I'm sure that Andy would not have been the only memer of the audience who was wowed.

Naomi, can you post the revised words of Empty Table for us saddos please.

Leslie

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 29.09.05 at 12:29
OK, folks. Although I thought I might stroppily reply: "No, you'll have to come along to the song's next performance if you want to know the revised words!!" I concluded that this was possibly not the best way to win friends and influence people.

The "re-gendered" line in "An Empty Table" is:

"And you leaned back in laughter looking far too cool to care"

I think it's great.

Naomi

PS: Many thanks to Andy for that kind review of the ICA gig and to Leslie for his "apologies-for-absence"

Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by avner greenberg on 29.09.05 at 22:12
"And you leaned back in laughter looking far too cool to care"

Thanks Naomi for going public with this. I agree, it fits in very well, alluding to future developments, or perhaps it's just hindsight?

And may I suggest that you publicly announce, prior to your next performance, that you will be wearing the "rather stunning jacket" sighted by Andy L? That should entice a few more MVs from their children and wives (and Leslie from his physics).

Best wishes.

Avner


Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 17.05.06 at 22:43
Here's something to cheer you downhearted Arsenal fans !

Actually, it has nothing to do with the Arsenal: I just wanted to get your attention.

I'm shortly to give a free song-recital (yes, free) in London with the wonderful pianist Stephen Rose, whom many of you saw accompany me in my set at PoD in 2004.

No Atkin/James songs this time, I'm afraid, but I hope Midvodians, with their love of words and of words-in-music, will be interested: to celebrate the work of Heinrich Heine, who died 150 years ago this year, and of Bertolt Brecht, who died 50 years ago, we have put together a programme of settings of said writers by composers such as Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Weill and Eisler. The title of the programme - reflecting the long exile of both men from their German homeland - is "Landscape of Exile". It's taken from Brecht's poem of that name, set by Eisler as part of his "Hollywood Songbook".

I'm hugely grateful to have been invited to give this recital at the Goethe Institute, the German cultural centre, which is indeed presenting a number of events as part of Exhibition Road Music Day - Wednesday June 21. This is itself part of an international music festival, and several other organisations in the Exhibition Road area (South Kensington) are also taking part. So if you come along to our gig, you should find other events to interest you too. We are on at 4.15pm (till about 5pm), and the address of the Goethe Institute is 50 Princes Gate, South Kensington, SW7. No need to book...

Craving your indulgence of this free plug, Mr Birkill ... !!

I hope some MVs might be able to get there - although I of course realise that most people have to work in the afternoon !

Best wishes,
Naomi

PS: To avoid any confusion - yes, there is one show at the institute; this "two shows" thread was set up ages ago in reference to something else ...




Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 09.06.06 at 19:58
As MVs appear to be in a state of pre-World Cup suspended animation, may I take this opportunity to say that details of a free London music festival on Wednesday June 21, called Exhibition Road Music Day, now appear on the website of that name?

Several organisations in South Kensington are taking part, including the Goethe-Institut (the German cultural centre) -where, at 4.15pm (not 5pm as the website currently says), the pianist Stephen Rose and I will be giving our song recital. Entitled Landscape of Exile, it is an exploration of the work and worlds of Heinrich Heine, who died 150 years ago this year, and of Bertolt Brecht, who died 50 years ago this year.

Exhibition Road Music Day offers a wonderful array of events - all free, as I say.

And, NB, there's no England match that day !

Thanks - now get back to pontificating about Mr Rooney ...

Naomi



Title: Re: Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
Post by naomi on 21.09.06 at 20:37
I'd just like to mention that next Tuesday September 26, at 1pm,  I am again giving my Landscape of Exile song recital - an exploration of the work and worlds of Heinrich Heine, who died 150 years ago this year, and of Bertolt Brecht, who died 50 years ago.

The pianist Jenny Gould and I will be performing settings of the words of these two German writers made by composers ranging from Franz Schubert to Dominic Muldowney.

The venue is the Recital Room at the London adult educational institute the City Lit, which is in Keeley St, WC2. The nearest Tube is Holborn. Oh yes, I nearly forgot: it's free !

Should any Midvodians be in the area on Tuesday, I hope this concert might be of interest. There's no advance booking.

Best wishes,
Naomi

PS: I'm hoping to arrange further performances of Landscape of Exile - will keep you posted



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