• Word & Music

    Production Company

  • Creators & Collaborators

    Our passion for words and music, words about music, music with words drives us and is our Leitmotiv.

     

     

    W&M

    was founded in 2018 by

    Tama Matheson,

    Davina Clarke

    and Kirsten Fehring.

    Based in London

    we work and perform

    around the Globe.

    We create

    a brand new genre of theatrical performance based in a rich and intimate intermingling of words and music - two genres mixing to create a new and visceral theatrical form.

     

     

     

     

     

    We collaborate

    with Festivals,

    Orchestras,

    individual Artists

    Writers

    Ensembles

    Designers

    Venues

  • Repertoire

    Johann Sebastian

    The Life and Passion of

    JS Bach

    chronicles the life of perhaps the greatest composer in the entire Western canon, tracing, amid a setting of his incomparable music, the longings, desires, urges, and inspirations that drove him to his miraculous creations. Johann Sebastian is a desperately moving, often funny, always fascinating insight into the life of one of the world’s most indispensable artists.

    Don Juan

    The Brilliant Irreverence of

    Lord Byron

    explores the seductive and scandalous life of the British poet, Lord Byron, examining it through the prism of his famous poem, Don Juan. The play interweaves the lives of Byron with one of its great creations, until it becomes difficult to tell where fact ends and fiction begins, leaving the audience with a rich impression of one of the greatest creative geniuses of all time.

    A Christmas Carol

    Dickens’s Immortal Christmas Tale

    This musico drama blends Dickens’s wonderful, evergreen story with the world’s best-loved carols, to create a deeply festive performance that perfectly captures the spirit of the Christmas season. Part concert and part play and performed as a dramatised reading of the kind Dickens himself made famous in his time, it is by turns funny, sad, joyous, frightening and exultant, and captures all the wonder, pathos, joy, and spookiness of the greatest of all Christmas classics.

    Bright Stars shone for Us

    The Drama and Music of Tchaikowsky

    With wit, humour, pathos, and tragedy, Bright Stars Shone for Us traces the extraordinary, sad, and often hilarious life of one of the supreme geniuses of the Western Canon, from his joyous beginnings to his tragic end. Over the course of an hour and a half, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s life is played out in and amidsst a concert of his music, creating an unprecedentedly powerful picture of his creative life.

    Performed by two actors and a dancer, Bright Stars Shone for Us reveals a deeply human heart guiding the growth of a supreme artist.

    Panufnik

    His Quest for Peace - the Extraordinary Life of Andrsej Panufnik

    One of the 20th century’s most unjustly neglected composers, Andrsej Panufnik is a musician of stark beauty and deep, shattering humanity. Growing up in wartime Poland, and coming to maturity under the German and Russian occupations, Panufnik endured a life of hardship and oppression, yet fought always for the right to genuine self-expression. This play is a hymn to the power and endurance of the human spirit.

    The White Mouse

    tells the extraordinary story of Nancy Wake, a hard-drinking, tough-talking Australian girl, who went from a Sydney suburb to become one of the most indomitable fighters in the French Resistance. Astonishingly brave, self-assured, and powerful, Nancy Wake became an incomparable soldier, personally escorting over 2000 men, women, and children out of German-occupied France to safety. Performed with selections of music from the era of World War II, The White Mouse is a story of the unquenchable human spirit.

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    This adaptation presents Shakespeare’s imperishable play in a unique way. The poet himself narrates – doing so in sparkling and witty rhyming couplets – inhabiting the story as he goes, and moving seamlessly in and out of the action, becoming all his characters, to give a full (though truncated) rendering of the play – all interwoven with Mendelssohn’s shimmering music. A beautiful fusion of poetry, music, fun, magic, and laughter, this is a performance that will gleam in the imagination long after the last notes fade.

  • Musico Dramas

    Ben

    "Ben" is a captivating theatrical window into the inspired music of the superb English composer Benjamin Britten and was first presented by Camerata of St John's with Tama Matheson (Actor and Director). This excerpt is from the final moments of the work and features "Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge".

    Don Juan - The Scandalous Life of Lord Byron

    Don Juan explores the seductive and scandalous life of Lord Byron’s fictional libertine, intertwined with the equally outrageous life of Lord Byron himself. Just like Byron’s poem itself, the musical interpretation of Don Juan is full of wit, charm, elegance, adventure and horror, revealing a deep portrait of one of the greatest creative minds of the Romantic era. Here starring Karin Schaupp and Tama Matheson.

  • Team &
    Partners & Collaboration

    We are enormously excited to bring a fresh, new style of musico-theatrical collaboration to London, and to establish a base in England for the performance and production of Lyric Dramas.

    Davina Clarke

    MUSIC

     

    Davina performs around the world with the UK’s most highly regarded period ensembles – The English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, The Academy of Ancient Music, Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

    Davina continues her long association with the Royal Academy as a Guest Principal in the Kohn Bach Cantata Series this season, and last year toured the J.S Bach Double violin concerto with Rachel Podger and Masaaki Suzuki, making her solo début at the Lincoln Center. Last summer she enjoyed a busy season at Glyndebourne and a global tour with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists performing a Trilogy of Monteverdi operas. She has just returned from an extensive tour of Europe and the USA performing Berlioz and Verdi. Davina plays on a 1659 Francesco Ruggieri violin.

    Tama is truly xxx

    Tama Matheson

    WORD and STAGE

     

    Tama is a writer, director, and actor with a passion for bringing together the spoken word with music. Tama has, in his career, always straddled the musical and theatrical worlds, and, for many years, has cherished a desire to unify these two separate worlds. Word and Music is the realisation of that vision. Tama has directed opera and theatre all over the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Oper Graz, Houston Grand Opera, Melbourne and Perth Opera. He has also collaborated with orchestras, including Melbourne, Tasmanian, and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Brisbane Camerata, and the London Mozart Players. Tama has worked at Covent Garden, The Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Baden Baden Opera, and is currently Artistic Director of the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival, which he established in 2006. As an actor, Tama has worked with companies all over England and Australia.

    Kirsten Fehring

    BEHIND the SCENE

     

    Kirsten has worked within the classical music scene since her first job at Credit Suisse (Zurich) as a project manager in the Sponsorship department, happily supporting festivals, concert tours and up and coming artists. Back in Germany she went on working as a consultant with organisations such as the Kronberg Academy. Having crossed the channel for love, Kirsten turned to writing, translating, editing and website design during her family leave. Her clients included Sotheby’s, Discovery Asia and Netflix and of course musicians and music festivals. Recently, Kirsten has worked with Barnes Music Festival, and is project manager of Baroque ensemble Solomon’s Knot amongst others. W&M will be an exciting new venture (for someone with a PhD that covers Literature, Music and Economics).

  • Diary

    2019

    Would you like to keep in touch? Just enter your email address below to receive regular news about what we are up to or write directly to Kirsten kmfehring@me.com. We love to hear from you.

    21 September

    Bright Stars - TCHAIKOWSKY
    in collaboration with the London Mozart Players and Wimbledon International Music Festival
    Kings College School Concert Hall, Wimbledon

    In this play, we meet the man behind the music, and observe all the circumstances that drove Tchaikovsky to the heights of creativity and the depths of despair - all played out to the soundtrack of his miraculous compositions. Fighting with his inner demons, who appear as a dancing visions, Tchaikovsky comes to understand that music is the only true expression of his soul, and gives himself to music to achieve ultimate meaning and resolution in his life.

    Performed by two actors and a dancer, Bright Stars Shone for Us reveals a deeply human heart guiding the growth of a supreme artist.

    Half-concert and half-play, Bright Stars Shone for Us is unlike any other play currently on offer, and delivers an unprecedented emotional impact in a fresh and new theatrical form.

    Word & Music Production Company are very excited to launch our partnership with the LMP at the Wimbledon Music Festival 2019, with a performance of ‘Bright Stars shone for Us’.

    26 / 28 November

    WHEN THE WORLD WAS WIDE
    Toowoomba, Brisbane Camerata
    Not quite a concert, not quite a play, When The World Was Wide is a melding of narrative, acting and concert music. It digs deep into the life and sparring friendship of two of Australia’s most iconic poets and writers, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, drawing on atmospheric and evocative music to set the scene.

    15 December

    Charles Dickens Christmas Carols

    times tbc
    LMP
    London
  • NEWS

    Our first cooperation with Solomon's Knot was a great success. Tama directed a whimsical Purcell Pageant. Here are some comments from the audience (photos on Instagram):
     
    "I was in turns delighted, impressed, entertained, amazed and several times very moved by the music and spectacle of the Purcell Pageant in Cambridge last week."
    “We were utterly enthralled by the Solomon Knot performance - the music, setting, theatricality, and humour that came over so well.”
    “As you could see, there was hardly a dry eye in the house.”
    “... enchanting music, brilliantly performed, in a delightful setting, to celebrate a very special occasion.”
     
    Word & Music Production Company are very excited to launch our partnership with the LMP at the Wimbledon Music Festival 2019, with a performance of ‘Bright Stars shone for Us’ this September. See more info in 'Diary'
     
    Davina has just been awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for making a significant and outstanding contribution to the field of early music.
     
    Last summer Tama gave his Melbourne Opera debut directing The Rosenkavalier, which won four awards. The year before, his production of Amadeus won Brisbane's prestigious Matilda Award for Best Production.

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