The Michael Cuddigan Trust



For 2018 The Michael Cuddigan Trust is supporting a new work by the performer/composer Héloïse Werner entitled The Other Side Of The Sea which will be performed at Aldeburgh Parish Church on Saturday July 7th at 7 p.m.

Héloïse Werner

Recipient of the Linda Hirst Contemporary Vocal Prize 2017, French-born and London-based soprano Héloïse Werner was one of the four shortlisted nominees in the Young Artist category of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2017. She is soprano and co-director for award-winning contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment (Tunnell Trust Award Winners 2017 and Park Lane Group Artists 2016). She is also a composer, improviser, cellist and a Leeds Lieder Young Artist for 2018. Together with writer Octavia Bright, she is currently writing The Other Side of the Sea, a new one-woman opera, which she started developing during a Snape Maltings residency in July 2017 under the mentorship of composer and cellist Zoë Martlew. The commission is generously supported by The Michael Cuddigan Trust.


Photo: Emma Werner


“Sombre and powerful, it’s a tour de force for its sole performer, the 25-year-old soprano Héloïse Werner, a rising figure on the contemporary music scene. (…) she makes great use of her considerable vocal and acting range.” The Stage

“I was particularly struck by (…) the intensity of the young soprano Héloïse Werner.” The Times

"Its exacting vocal lines were delivered with considerable intensity by soprano Héloïse Werner.” The Guardian

The Other Side Of The Sea is a new one-woman opera about language, memory and identity. Inspired by Héloïse's experience of adopting English as a second language, it uses the central metaphor of the sea to explore the tension of an identity split linguistically, in this case between French and English. This unconventional piece layers poetry, music, and moving images to articulate the way the mind retains fragments of text, image, and sound at different levels of consciousness. It was developed during a Snape Maltings residency under the mentorship of composer and cellist Zoë Martlew.

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Michael Cuddigan Trust a charitable incorporated organisation registered with the Charity Commission (charity no.1158975)