THE PAINTED BACH
A performance involving Rachel Scott and visual artist Judith White. In a darkened room, Rachel plays Bach’s fifth suite for solo ‘cello. Behind her, on three screens, Judith creates a visual representation of the music. This programme has been presented in Sydney, Grafton, and as part of the Perth Winter Arts Festival in 2016. A slightly shorter version of this performance will happen in Sydney again in 2017, and Judith and Rachel are in discussions with other venues – stay tuned for more news!
THE SPOKEN BACH
A performance involving Rachel Scott and actor Paul Armstrong. This is a very intimate evening linking Bach’s second ‘cello suite and some Shakespearian sonnets, music by Martin Wesley-Smith and words by Australian poet John Thompson, and music by Prokifiev and words by Peter Handke. It originated from a discussion by Rachel and Paul over coffee in late 2012, reflecting on how writers and composers often use the same themes to create their output, and what it would be like to link sound and spoken word, each performer reflecting and inspiring in turn. These concerts were a great success in 2013, and Rachel and Paul adapted the idea as part of the ‘Shakespeare 400’ festival at the State Library of NSW. They are currently in negotiations with festivals for further performances in 2018 and beyond.
After their last performances in 2017 they received a letter from the editor of the Macquarie Dictionary… “…the concert in which Rachel Scott and Paul Armstrong joined forces was a memorable one. The text was read, so more attention was given to it… the speaker was completely mindful of the music which has been chosen carefully to complement the text. The result was unexpectedly powerful…”