Having included songs by living composers in recitals and concerts for many years, Living Songs was launched in 2013 in St Martin-in-the-Field's New Music Series with pianist Jelena Makarova. Living Songs is an ongoing performance project incorporating songs written in the twenty first century into recital programmes alongside more well-known song repertoire. Living Songs recitals are usually outside London and are often in venues where audiences are less familiar with new music. Recitals have included songs (including premieres) by established composers such as Causton, MacRae, Turnage, Wallen and Woolrich as well as songs by student composers and composers at the beginning of their career.
If you are a composer and would like to send Jessica songs you have written for soprano & piano or for unaccompanied soprano, do get in touch. Please note that this project is not funded at present.