INSPIRED BY HEPWORTH is a collaboration between three Cornish New Music Group members: poet/librettist Bob Devereux, soprano Jane Whitehouse & composer/pianist Cees Hiep.
CEES HIEP decided, after studying classical piano and composition, to dedicate himself to composing and performing his own music. His works have been broadcast on the Dutch Classical Radio Stations, BBC Radio Four and De Concertzender. His scores are published by MIEV, Amsterdam, and his music has been judged to be ‘highly atmospheric.’
The Poet and librettist BOB DEVEREUX visited the Hepworth Garden on the day that it was first opened to the public. Many years later in 2003 he was invited to perform in the Garden. This led to him writing a series of poems about Barbara Hepworth and her sculpture. It is these poems which Cees has approached in a very original way in his composition ‘Inspired by Hepworth’.
JANE LOFTHOUSE is a soprano who has performed in a wide range of musical genres. Her operatic debut was a Third Flower Maiden and First Esquire in Wagner’s Parsifal. Other roles include Santuzza, Michaela in Carmen,Dido (Purcell) and Mum in Albert Herring. She co-founded the opera group The Company of Singers and Players and, in the field of contemporary music, she has promoted a number of composers both through her role as co-founder and Chair of the Cornish Music Guild and as a member of the ensembles Pleiad and The Cornish New Music Group. In 1991 she was honoured for her services to music in Cornwall by being made a bard of the Cornish Gorsedd.
This event is forms part of the annual St Ives Literature Festival. Further information about the festival can be found at http://stiveslitfest.info.