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Songs of the River

Inspired by the landscapes, history, people and stories surrounding us, Songs of the River is a new podcast by mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries which creates an exploratory journey along iconic rivers using folksong.

Designed to encourage a greater connection between music and landscape, it can be experienced either as a “virtual journey” at home, or walking along the river itself. Each episode explores a folksong connected to the river through performances and interviews.

In 2021 two new series will be released: Songs of the Thames in London (supported by a Royal Philharmonic Society Enterprise Award) and Songs of the Clyde in Glasgow (supported by a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Make it Happen Award).

DEBUT/Horizon

DEBUT/Horizon Project presents the UK’s most exciting emerging musicians in a filmed showcase of opera scenes, behind- the-scenes insights and live performances. Led by DEBUT founder Lizzie Holmes & Joanna Harries, the DEBUT/Horizon Project 2020 was a Covid-19 compliant filmed showcase of opera scenes premiered on YouTube, garnering 600+ views within the first 24 hours.

In 2021 they were awarded a Genesis Foundation Kickstarter Fund Award to expand DEBUT/Horizon Project in 2021. It will be conducted again by Royal Opera House Jette Parker Artist Thomas Payne and recorded by sound & video engineer by Bobby Williams.

Hailed as ‘a great introduction to some of the best talent’ (Opera Now) and ranked Airbnb’s #1 Music Experience Globally in 2018 (Forbes), since 2015 DEBUT has enjoyed sell-out intimate concert experiences at London’s Royal Opera House, Cutty Sark and Shoreditch Treehouse, and featured on BBC Radio 3 InTune.

INTERSTELLA

INTERSTELLA charts the course of three trailblazing women instrumental in space exploration. In a series of short interlocking one-woman chamber operas, INTERSTELLA gives voice to astronauts, engineers and mathematicians – women whose stories have been eclipsed.

Created by an all female/non-binary team led by Fiona Finsbury & Joanna Harries, this small-scale, adaptable production is designed to tour to unusual science-based performance spaces. Alongside will run an education project aimed at primary school children at KS2.

Fusing science and music, INTERSTELLA follows the trajectory of women light-years ahead of their time, and the impact they’ve made on space exploration.

SongPath

Founded in 2019 by Jess Dandy & Joanna Harries, SongPath is a mental health initiative designed to provide participants with nourishing ways of connecting through walking, talking & music-making.

Our first event took place in South Cumbria in partnership with the Ulverston International Music Festival with a trail bursting with music, song, poetry, meditation and dance from the coastal village of Bardsea to Swarthmoor Hall, via Birkrigg Common. Free for all to attend, we also raised £5796.75 for two local branches of mental health charity MIND.

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"An outstandingly intense cast (Chiara Vinci, Joanna Harries, Peter Brathwaite) also help to evoke the manic mixture of desperation, determination and fatalistic urgency."

Richard Morrison - The Times

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