INSPIRED BY HEPWORTH is a collaboration between CNMG 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.
Cees is fascinated, by the possibilities the piano offers, especially by opportunities to make use of the sonorities of the instrument. His work is characterized by the creation of overtones which are inseparably connected to his masterful use of the sustaining pedal. Critics have commented on the subtle and complex quality of these sounds. His music is judged to be ‘highly atmospheric.’
When he first visited St Ives in 1995 he fell in love with the town, the artists community, the landscapes the light and the sea. Since then he has visited regularly. He became a member of the Cornwall New Music Group (CNMG) which had been founded by composer /pianist Paul Hancock and he performed with this group in the BBC Music Live Festival 2000.
He has performed with Bob Devereux and Paul Hancock, in St Ives, Penzance, Camelford and at Dartington Hall.
Bob Devereux poet/librettist: Since 1980 he has collaborated with many classical composers: Christopher Brown, Paul Hancock, Rudi Martinus Van Dyke, Johnathan Lloyd, Bryan Kelly, David Briggs, Stephen McNeff & Cees Heip among them.
Bob visited the Hepworth Garden on the day that it was first opened to the public and he was moved to write about it. 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.
Cees was in St Ives and came across the poems. He regularly visits the Hepworth Garden and began to think about the relationship between the garden and the sculpture. He had a dream in which he saw the overall structure of the composition. The poems are set in powerful musical rooms created for piano and voice (no words). He has called the composition INSPIRED BY HEPWORTH.
Jane Lofthouse/soprano 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 has performed in most of the standard repertoire Oratorios and Masses and also has a wide repertoire of recital programmes. She co-founded the opera group The Company of Singers and Players which, among other projects, presented a Purcell Room concert profiling Mascagni featuring rarely performed arias and extracts from his operas. 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.