“It’s like rewriting in my own head all these assumptions that I made…finding my own place, as a woman and as a performer. To share my experience with a new kind generation of other people and singers who are interested in contemporary classical music.”
For the second episode of Season 2, Soprano, Rebecca Hardwick, talked to Music Works about her interest in contemporary music and how, when Covid shut down live music, her explorations of Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments led her to take up a doctorate in contemporary performance at The Guildhall.
Rebecca, who studied at York and then the RCM, has long held a fascination with the ways music from the mid-twentieth century on has offered performers the possibility of interrogating traditional modes of vocal performance. She is a founding member of Vocal Constructivists, a liberal arts collective which draws together people from different disciplines, working exclusively with graphic notation and extended compositional writing techniques which provided the impetus towards her DMus topic.