Nicola Burnett Smith
About the composer
Nicola Burnett Smith was born in Edinburgh in 1964. She studied Theatre and Drama at Warwick University and went on to become a theatre actor, musician and composer in the UK and around the world. Notable appearances include the Royal National Theatre and the Purcell Rooms, the BAC Opera Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Glasgow Mayfest. A talented mezzo soprano, she also plays woodwind including bass clarinet. Most of her compositions revolve around the voice and reflect her passion for live performance, theatre and storytelling. Four years ago Nicola established her ‘Out of Place’ project, working with poets to create musical compositions inspired by their writing. Themes of displacement, emigration and transition were chosen to raise money for the Rory Peck Trust at a Gala performance in 2017. Nicola has continued to work closely with various poets since then, including Anna Kisby-Compton, Sylvia Paskin and Claire Booker as well as Phil Vernon who wrote the poem that inspired this Stabat Mater.
Please have a look at my blogpost about Nicola and the English translation by Phil Vernon.
About the Stabat Mater
Double bass and three female voices
In 2019 poet Phil Vernon invited Nicola to write music to his new translation of the Stabat Mater. Phil about his translation:
The Latin text has not been used.
No colour bar as the Latin text has not been used
Information about the recording
|Video:||Live recording in Covent Garden (London), April 15th, 2019.|
Premier performance took place as part of Holy Week at St. Paul’s Church (The Actors’ Church) in Covent Garden, London.
Featuring vocalists: Sarah Lambie, Anna Braithwaite and Nicola Burnett Smith