Rising soprano Chloe Lankshear and The Song Company’s Associate Artistic Director Francis Greep explore beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter’s life through the biographic work of Judy Taylor and the songs of Schumann, Debussy, Aaron Copland, Elliot Carter, George Crumb, Ross Edwards and Sally Whitwell.
Chloe Lankshear Principal Artist – Soprano
Francis Greep Associate Artistic Director – Piano
The life and writings of Beatrix Potter are the inspiration for this imaginative sweep through songs portraying women from several centuries.
We all know Peter Rabbit and friends, but the tale of the woman behind the beloved children’s literature series is a treasure in itself. Becoming Beatrix tells the story of Beatrix Potter’s life and legacy. Chloe and Francis’s collaboration has matched this eclectic program with seminal moments in Potter’s isolated childhood, moving into early adulthood – her foray into scientific research and the pursuit to be published, and her relationship with publisher Norman Warne – and then her work in later life for the protection and preservation of vast areas of The Lake Country and wilderness in the UK, an initiative which resulted in her founding The National Trust.
Becoming Beatrix features recorded excerpts of Potter’s biography by Judy Taylor (in her own voice) and songs by Schumann, Debussy, Copland, George Crumb, Ross Edwards and Sally Whitwell and Elliot Carter’s epic Warble for Lilac Time to poetry by Walt Whitman.