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To the Girl Who Wants To Compose

Thursday 25 April, 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm

“Music. . . for you. . . can and must be only an ornament.”
Join us for a programme featuring works by women composers of the 19th and 20th centuries: Amy Beach, Liza Lehmann, Johanna Müller-Hermann, Poldowski, and Lori Laitman.


Poldowski, Irène Régine Wienawski (1879-1932)

  • En sourdine
  • Sérenade
  • L’heure exquise

Liza Lehmann  (1862-1918)

  • The Swing
  • There are Fairies at the Bottom of Our Garden
  • Dusk in the Valley
  • Evensong

Fünf Klavierstücke, Op 3, Johanna Müller-Hermann  (1868-1941)

  •  Romanze
  •  Novelette
  •  Intermezzo (D-minor)
  • Intermezzo (D-major)
  •  Impromptu

Four Dickinson Songs, Lori Laitman    (b. 1955)

  • Will there really be a Morning?
  •  I’m Nobody
  •   She Died
  •  If I…

Three Shakespeare Songs, Op 37, Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867-1944)

  • O Mistress Mine
  • Take, O Take those Lips Away
  • Fairy Lullaby

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About the musicians

Marie-Noëlle Kendall
Cambridge-based, Marie-Noëlle Kendall is in much demand as a pianist, both as soloist and chamber musician. She has played concertos with leading British orchestras including the Philharmonia and BBC Scottish, in major venues and also recorded for BBC Radio and Television.  Her career has also taken her overseas with a particular connection to Australia where she has performed on many occasions and recorded two chamber music CDs.  Recent seasons have included premieres of works by Robin Holloway and the release of a CD with Alastair Miles to great critical acclaim in publications including Gramophone, BBC Music

Magazine and American Record Guide. Marie-Noëlle and Alastair also performed live on Radio 3.  Recent concerts in the Cambridge area have included two-piano concerts at West Rd Concert Hall, Brahms 1st piano concerto, and recitals both solo and of chamber music.  Forthcoming performances in Cambridge include recitals with the horn player Annemarie Federle and a piano trio, and in London recitals with cellist Peter Rayner and soprano Carola Darwin.

Ute Lepetit-Clare
German mezzo-soprano Ute Lepetit-Clare moved to Cambridge in 2010. She studied in Leipzig and Weimar. She performed numerous roles at theatres in Leipzig, Berlin, Bautzen, Görlitz, Eisenach and Dresden. She has also performed as guest soloist, including at the Rheinsberger Musikfestspiele, and the Wernigeroder Schlossfestspiele. Ute has performed more than 40 roles, which include many of the main mezzo-soprano roles.

In England, she has performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and St John’s Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Hayden’s Nelson Mass, Rossini’s Petit Mass Solennelle, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater as well as many song recitals.

In 2015, she sang the role of Rupert Brooke’s mother in the world premiere of David Earl’s opera Strange Ghost in Cambridge.

Ute is the director and producer of Lepetit Ensemble, founded in 2018 and has created many works including Hansel and Gretel for children and an Emily Dickinson programme.

Jessica Lawrence-Hares
American mezzo-soprano Jessica Lawrence-Hares received her BM magna cum laude and her MM in voice performance from Boston University.  Operatic roles include Mercedes (Carmen) and Nicklaus (Hoffmans Erzählungen) with the Komische Kammeroper München, Lady with a Hat Box (Postcard from Morocco) and the Sea (Before Night Falls) with the Boston University Opera Institute and Mad Margaret (Ruddigore), the Third Lady (The Magic Flute) and Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro) with the Cambridge Operatic Society.  She has been featured soloist in performances of Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning and the Mozart Requiem in the Boston area and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Tuscany.  She has performed in the premieres of several new operas: two by Kate Waring, Are Women People? (Mother) in 2014 and Porcelain and Pink (Lois) in 2015 and one by David Earl, Strange Ghost (Ka Cox), also in 2015.  She has sung Sea Pictures and excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier with the Cambridge Sinfonietta and The Music Makers, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Choir2000.  In 2019, she sang in the premiere of Peddars Way, a new work by Kevin Flanagan.  She has performed with the Lepetit Ensemble and also gives regular recitals in Cambridge.