Trailer for dream.risk.sing: elevating women’s voices with Samantha Crawford & Lana Bode

dream.risk.sing is a recital programme which gives voice to women’s experiences which are rarely heard in song. The programme highlights five specific aspects of a woman’s life: growing up, love and lust, motherhood, career and legacy. The programme includes music by a diverse array of living composers including Helen Grime, Libby Larsen, Carson Cooman, Ricky Ian Gordon and Michele Brourman, alongside songs by names such as Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Florence Price and Alma Mahler, illustrating the historical legacy of women’s voices from centuries past in paving the way for gender equality today.

Samantha and Lana’s recording of the full programme in summer 2022 for release on Delphian Records in early 2023 will feature the first ever recordings of Charlotte Bray’s new song cycle Crossing Faultlines, Libby Larsen’s songs from her The Birth Project and two new piano and voice arrangements of songs from Judith Weir’s

“This [dream.risk.sing] is really a most interesting collection of material which so clearly demonstrates that normal song recitals barely touch on women’s own lived experience” 


Composer insights

Press…benefitted from Crawford’s easy communication of text, while Edge, a remembrance of first love to words by Toni Morrison, sounding haunting with Bode tracings unrooted harmonies…the historic paucity of genuinely female-centred material [is] on the way to changing thanks to performers and composers such as these.”



“dream.risk.sing was ablaze with originality, fierce pride, strength and vulnerability – and humanity…The maturity and tenderness in their playing and singing cast light on the broad palette of moods and colours that this programme has to offer, and it was the symbiotic relationship between Crawford and Bode which brought each piece its magic.”



“The visceral imagery was shaped with lyrical intensity by Crawford, the vocal leaps weaving through Bode’s swirling, crystalline arpeggios.”



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