‘You know, everybody in the world used to be a child, or is a child.’
After craving music during pregnancy, writer and theatre-maker Sheila Hill embarked on a quest to make a work about motherhood. Sheila’s diaries, from the first seven years of her son’s life, are the starting point for this extraordinary musical collaboration.
Eye to Eye brings together two quite different soundworlds: the infinitely controlled and refined chordal progressions of composer Howard Skempton, and the music of jazz trumpeter/composer Byron Wallen and his dazzling band, Four Corners.
They will perform alongside soloist Melanie Pappenheim, and a 100-strong chorus of women and children trained by Glyndebourne.
From the vulnerabilities of pregnancy, and the shock of birth, through the adjustment to school and society, and on to early autonomy, Eye to Eye explores the elemental story of mother and child.
Watch: A behind-the-scenes glimpse of the chorus and jazz meeting for the first time at Glyndebourne
Watch: The performers making final preparations during rehearsals at Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Watch: A final look at what to expect from Eye to Eye
Sheila Hill writer/director
Howard Skempton composer (chorus)
Byron Wallen composer (jazz)
Byron Wallen's Four Corners featuring Rob Luft (guitar), Paul Michael (bass), Rod Youngs (drums), Byron Wallen (trumpet)
Sian Edwards conductor
Melanie Pappenheim soloist
Jean Kalman lighting designer
Curious Space designers
Joanna Tomlinson chorusmaster
Laura Caldow movement director
Hugo Glendinning photography/videography
Read our interview with Sheila Hill ahead of the performance.