Building upon the critical acclaim and overwhelming audience response to the show during the Centenary year of Ferrier’s birth in 2012, Diana Moore’s A Celebration of Kathleen Ferrier is now being launched to a wider audience.
Ferrier’s was a voice of a generation, a voice that entered the national consciousness and was heard on radios and records in almost every household in the country. Her tragic death in 1953 almost over-shadowed the Queen’s Coronation. Many people know Kathleen Ferrier’s voice without knowing the tragic but uplifting and courageous story that lies behind one of the greatest British singers of all time. This is a moving tribute to an extraordinary artist.
A Celebration of Kathleen Ferrier intimately tells the story of her life through her own words and those of the people closest to her. The performance is illustrated with a multimedia presentation of rare photos, supplied by the Kathleen Ferrier Society archive, giving a further visual insight into the ‘person behind the voice’. The show weaves extracts from letters and diaries, reminiscences and anecdotes with wit, warmth and audience engagement. The narration is punctuated by performances of the music associated with one of the world’s most remarkable voices and the choice reflects Ferrier’s versatility — from folk to opera and from oratorio to song.
The Society highly recommends the show and also offers to supply an exhibition to venues, tailored to the region performed in, with further archive material which can be viewed by the audience before and after the show, and during the interval. Diana has drawn on her own research of the Ferrier archives, literature and interviews, to illuminate the celebrated contralto’s personal and musical life. The culmination of the year’s Centenary events saw Diana invited by the Kathleen Ferrier Society to perform the final concert at their Centenary Weekend in Kathleen’s home town of Blackburn.
The show’s creator, Diana Moore, enjoys a highly acclaimed international career of her own. Recent reviews have praised her for her ‘emotional depth’ (The Guardian), ‘thrilling technical bravura’ (Gramophone), and ‘rich, evocative sound’ (San Francisco Chronicle). Diana has performed her personally devised show to critical acclaim at venues including sell out performances at Perth International Festival of the Arts, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and The SAGE Gateshead.