Songs of Lear had its international premiere during Fringe Festival in Edinburgh in August 2012, where it received three prestigious awards: Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Archangel and Musical Theatre Matters Special Award. Songs of Lear was also enlisted on the very top of The List, winning the first place in the ranking of all theatre performances during the festival.
Songs of Lear is a non-linear dramatic music event and is performed as a choral song cycle, revealing the subtle energies and rhythms that govern Shakespeare’s tragedy. The ensemble members have chosen crucial scenes from King Lear to weave a story out of gestures, words and music. Each song is a starting point for another ‘dramatic poem’. Here the music becomes character, relationships and events. This intimate and emotionally compelling hybrid event will resonate with classical music, world music and theater lovers alike.