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Three people sit together in a Spring garden. First a young women with long red hair, glasses and red jumper. Central is a young man with brown hair and glasses. On the left is another young women with curly brown hair, glasses and a red jumper. All are smiling and wearing back jackets.

Far, Far From Each Other

30 June 2022


Free to attend


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The Actors' Church is delighted to welcome Mezzo-soprano Katie Macdonald, violist Kate De Campos and pianist Thomas Eeckhout who will perform a selection of deeply human and heartfelt musical works dealing with distance, separation and longing. 

Three songs for medium voice, viola and piano, H. 76 - Frank Bridge

- Far, far from each other

- Music, when soft voices die

- Where is it that our soul doth go?

Allegro appassionato in B minor, H. 82 - Frank Bridge

Sifting through the ruins - Libby Larsen

Jeff Hardy - Libby Larsen

- To the towers themselves

- Don’t look for me anymore

- Untitled

- Someone passes

Zwei Gesänge, op. 91 - Johannes Brahms

Gestillte Sehnsucht

- Geistliches Wiegenlied


Mezzo-soprano: Katie Macdonald

Viola: Kate De Campos

Piano: Thomas Eeckhout

‘Far, far from each other, our spirits have flown.’ With these haunting words starts the first of three songs for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano by Frank Bridge. Bridge’s idiom is romantic, extremely expressive and always on the move, not unlike Johannes Brahms’s music, who wrote two soothing but passionate pieces for the same instrumentation.

In the poem A Bird, came down the walk, Emily Dickinson distantly observes and describes the actions of this little creature. It inspired the Japanese post-modern composer Takemitsu to write an eponymous composition for viola and piano, which plunges us into his eery, magical sound world.

Finally, the American contemporary composer Libby Larsen explored the atrocities caused by the assault on the Twin Towers in her song cycle Sifting through the Ruins. The composer in her own words: Mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer ‘privately collected a number of texts which she discovered on her personal journey towards understanding the events of September 11th. We chose the words […] as a way of bringing out essential emotions. […] That there are words at all astounds me. These are the hardest words with which I have ever partnered as a composer. But we[…] trust that our work together can in some small way articulate their weight by letting the words speak for themselves, born up by the music we make.’

Please note there are no public toilets on site, the nearest are located just outside the church on the Piazza. Please note there is no set seating or this event. We are operating some COVID measures within the church.

- We ask that you wear a mask whilst in the building. 

- We have provided a number of sanitiser stations.

Far, Far From Each Other

30 June 2022


Free to attend

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