In the midst of the first few months of the pandemic, it felt bleak. I wanted to compose a piece that gave hope. This quartet was inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope' (copied below). It is intended to make an audience feel unsettled, yet in the midst of the storm (in the middle section), hope shines through (represented by the bird's melody).
“Hope” is the thing with feathers - BY EMILY DICKINSON
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.
In the midst of the first few months of the pandemic, it felt bleak. I wanted to compose a piece that gave hope. This quartet was inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem Hope (copied above). It is intended to make an audience feel unsettled, yet in the midst of the storm (in the middle section), hope shines through (represented by the bird's melody).
Composer: Lisa Logan
Lisa Logan, composer, is currently studying a Masters’ in Composition part-time at KCL. Her first opera ‘A Silver Spoon’ will premiere at the Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre in 2022 (postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic).
Her much valued composition teachers include: Michael Csanyi-Wills, Dominic Sewell (Trinity Laban), Enrica Sciandrone (RCM) and Ed Nesbitt and Silvina Milstein (KCL). She was a choral scholar at Caius College, Cambridge, and subsequently taught singing (mainly operatic repertoire) by Sally Burgess for many years. Formerly, a theatre and opera director, assisting David McVicar on Sweeney Todd (Opera North), Lynn Binstock on Ariadne auf Naxos (ENO), Julia Hollander on La Boheme (MWO), Artistic Director at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington and assistant director for several years at Queen’s Theatre,Hornchurch. She was selected by the National Theatre Studio and paired as a young director with Marina Caldarone, on a mentorship scheme. She is currently on the Advisory Board at ENO and was a trustee for Unexpected Opera for ten years.
She is currently composing her second opera and a series of children's orchestral pieces with narrator and illustrations by Rosie Brooks.