Performance History

After completion of the first 12 songs in 2015, Amanda and Beth planned their first performance in Melbourne, Australia at the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia conference with Jeannie Marsh, mezzo soprano. With the Jones family, Charlotte Smith’s Melbourne-based descendants (through her son Nicholas Hankey) in attendance, the debut was especially meaningful.

Following Melbourne, they presented two lecture recitals with the generous support of Lehigh University’s Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies: one in Bethlehem, PA with Kathryn Cowdrick, mezzo soprano, and another in Berkeley, CA with Shelley Waite, mezzo soprano. In Fall 2016, they presented the lecture recital with Janet Oates, soprano, at the first Charlotte Smith conference at Chawton, UK, where the project began.\

To complete the composition, in 2016, Amanda was awarded two residencies: from the Ucross Foundation in Sheridan, Wyoming and from the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh, UK. In 2017, Amanda, Beth, and Shelley premiered the full composition with lecture in Chapel Hill, NC at the British Women Writers Association Conference.

In November 2018, with support from Lehigh University’s Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Amanda, Beth, and Shelley performed the full composition at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, after a series of performances around the country leading up to the NYC debut.

In March 2019 they were featured in the WoCo Festival, a celebration of women composers by the Boulanger Initiative in Washington, DC. In April celebrated the launch of the studio recording of “The Song Cycles of Beachy Head” with a performance and reception at the British Women Writers Association Conference.