Octavia Bright and Héloïse Werner | Librettist and composer

This week, we have the delightful composer-librettist duo Héloise Werner and Octavia Bright on the podcast. The pair worked together on a one-woman opera The Other Side of the Sea and spoke to us from their respective London homes at the end of the UK lockdown, discussing themes of grief and isolation, as well as the role music plays in their lives and the ever-changing emotional responses they’ve had to it over the last year. They also share stories of carnival music and the human compulsion to dance.

Music featured:

Héloïse Werner: Coronasolfège for 6 (The Gesualdo Six)

Britten: Peter Grimes (Bergen Philharmonic/Edward Gardner)

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (Yehudi Menuhin, Philharmonia Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler)

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto (Sabine Meyer, Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado)

Bach: St Matthew Passion (Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury)

Bach: Violin Partita No. 3 in E (Christian Tetzlaff)

Rebirth Brass Band: Do Whatcha Wanna

Teresa Cristina: Para Não Contrariar Você

Beverly Glenn-Copeland: Ever New

Errollyn Wallen: Concerto Grosso (Chineke! Orchestra/Anthony Parnther)

Megan Thee Stallion: Body

Beyoncé: Sweet Dreams

Listen to all the music featured in this episode on our Spotify playlist:


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