Brain Jar Session #2

18 & 19 July 2018

New commissions from four exciting female composers

Songs by Ella Jarman-Pinto, sung by Poppy Shotts (recorded live): 30th October 2014, Child and Mother, Songs for My Children (HUOC Commission), Lamplight


18 July 2018 at Brain Jar in Hull.
19 July 2018 at Paragon Arcade in Hull.

The second in a series of informal quarterly concerts at Hull’s friendly Brain Jar and also, this time, at the Paragon Arcade. Session 2 featured four female composers and included a new commission from each.

Anna Appleby

Winds of Iona – sung by Rosie Middleton
Citizens of Nowhere – sung by Rosie Middleton and Poppy Shotts
Martyr’s Bay – sung by Rosie Middleton
A Musical Instrument (HUOC Commission) – sung by Rosie Middleton

Katie Chatburn

My Mistress’ Eyes – sung by Poppy Shotts
Par Coeur – sung by Rosie Middleton
Hymn to Aphrodite – sung by Rosie Middleton
Love (HUOC Commission) – sung by Poppy Shotts

Rose Dodd

last year’s b/f (HUOC Commission) – sung by Rosie Middleton

Ella Jarman-Pinto

30th October 2014 – sung by Poppy Shotts
Child and Mother – sung by Poppy Shotts
Songs for My Children (HUOC Commission) – sung by Poppy Shotts
Lamplight – sung by Poppy Shotts


Performed by Rosie Middleton and Poppy ShottsAccompanied by Ben Newton (keyboards) and Stephanie Halsey (harp)

Russell Plows – Director
Ben Newton – Music Director
Lucy Thomson-Smith – Assistant

Some audience reaction

“It was beautiful! The music was haunting, the artists, amazing”
“The arcade was ideal and the soloists excellent”
“I loved Paragon and the people passing by”
“Great to have the composers there to introduce and explain”
“Very emotional and a lovely acoustic”


Brain Jar 2

Russell Plows and audience at Hull’s Paragon Arcade

This production was made possible with the generous support of Hull City Council, Christopher Fox, Carrie Hunt, Adele Geras and Scott Pedigo
Thanks also to Alan Cooper, Gareth Lloyd, Martin Kurrein and the Haydn Society
Hull Urban Opera