Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


St Paul's Church
32a Wilton Place



Felix MendelssohnNachtlied, Op.71 no.6 (Eichendorff)
Harry WoodsWhen you’ve got a little Springtime in your heart
Harry WoodsOver My Shoulder
Johannes BrahmsBotschaft, Op.47 no.1
Samuel Coleridge-TaylorDemand et Réponse
Carl BohmStill wie die Nacht, Op.326 no.2
Hugo WolfKennst du das Land
Otto KlempererLiebeslied
Robert SchumannDer Nussbaum, Op.25 no.3
Rodgers & HartMy heart stood still
Rodgers & HartDancing on the Ceiling
Franz SchubertDer Musensohn, D.764
Noel CowardA room with a view
Noel CowardParisian Pierrot
Noel CowardLondon Pride
Richard StraussMorgen!, Op.27 no.4
Richard StraussAll mein Gedanken, Op.21 no.1
Richard StraussMit deinen, blauen Augen, Op.56 no.4


Clare McCaldin – mezzo-soprano
Paul Turner – piano

Programme Note

Over My Shoulder tells the stories of two very different and fascinating singers: Elisabeth Schumann, international classical soprano, and Jessie Matthews, darling of the 1930s stage and screen. It was a photograph of the grave of Elisabeth Schumann followed by the discovery of Jessie Matthews’ grave in the same churchyard that first prompted the idea for an entertainment.

Each of these women was hugely famous in her day, reaching the very peak of the performing profession, and yet their names are hardly recognised now by younger generations of music-lovers. Over My Shoulder sets out to remedy this by weaving together the lives of these two singers as an introduction to their music and artistry, built around the unexpected intersection of their stories here in England.

Performed by Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano) and Paul Turner (piano), Over My Shoulder is a full-length entertainment with an interval and includes music by Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Johannes Brahms, Otto Klemperer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Noel Coward, Harry Woods and Rodgers & Hart.

Over My Shoulder

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