Jonathan and I have a gorgeous programme of Schubert songs centred around the four seasons, and we're excited to record these at Aldeburgh later this month, with recording engineer Holger Busse from GENUIN. We plan to release the CD on May 31st at a concert in Warfleth, Germany, and we'll hopefully be announcing our UK and Irish launch dates very soon. Stay tuned!
Here we are after our very first recital together, back in 2015 at the Hugh Lane Gallery, where the Irish Times reviewer had the following to say: "But what made this recital special was the way this partnership captured the inner aspects of the songs, from the ecstasy of Ganymed to the serenity of Du bist die Ruh. Adjectives seem inadequate for such focused, intelligent artistry."
We've been planning for this CD since then, so we're excited to finally get to do it!
Here's the breakdown of what the main part of the CD recording will cost:
-Recording 4 days with sound engineer Holger Busse from Genuin, as well as editing, mastering, CD production and distribution €9,500
-Travel & Accommodation for Holger, Recording equipment, Sharon, and Jonathan €1500
-Piano tuning €500
Grand total: €11,500
There are some other costs which will be incurred, including for our photoshoot for the cover and sleeve, and the Fund it commission of 8%, but we've decided if we can get the bulk of the cost crowd-funded, that we can cover the rest ourselves.
Sharon Carty is an Irish mezzo-soprano from Celbridge, Co.Kildare, who has recently returned to Ireland after having lived in Austria and Germany for over 10 years, she's proud to be an Artistic Partner to Irish National Opera, and a Creative Associate on the Arts Council "Creative Schools" scheme.
Born in Texas, Jonathan Ware is in regular demand as a chamber musician, song accompanist, teacher and coach. He has won numerous prizes, including the Pianist's Prize at "Das Lied" and 1st place at the Hugo Wolf competition, and has given recitals worldwide with artists such as Ludwig Mittelhammer and Golda Schulz.
About the Fund it Campaign:
We envisage no major risks to the project, all of the parameters are being carefully planned for and we have the best people, recording space, and piano hired for the project. Everyone involved is highly experienced and we are busy preparing and rehearsing together!
We are turning to our fans to help us with the cost of getting the songs recorded and released, by essentially pre-ordering a CD for 25Euro. We will be so grateful for any help above this basic "buy a CD" level and look forward to supplying any generous donors with those rewards!
We both want to thank our supporters in advance for their help, whether that be pledging financially, or just sharing the details of our campaign with anyone you think might be interested in supporting us! We can't do this without you!
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Sharon https://www.instagram.com/sharon.carty/ Jonathan https://www.instagram.com/jonathanwware/