What's happening...

       

                  

My new play - All I Want is One Night - produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and directed by Sarah Frankcom, has just finished its initial run. It's about the French cabaret singer Suzy Solidor, who was also the most painted woman in the world. There are plans afoot for a return of the show later this year, and a London run is planned for 2017. Watch this space. Here is a link to a lovely review in The Stage:

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/all-i-want-is-one-night-review-at-royal-exchange-manchester/ 

  It has been a summer of cabaret, with Love is a Drag at Grassington Festival and Peace Cabaret at Lichfield Festival. Further cabaret dates include One Life to Live, an anti-work cabaret which is part of the Wellcome Hub's final exhibition on the 19th October: 

http://www.gvart.co.uk/rest-its-discontents-group-exhibition-friday-30-september-until-30-october-2016.html

And an afternoon cabaret for St Andrew's Voices, taking in a century of popular song. Booking at: 

http://standrewsvoices.com/program/#1477094400

The Rattler tour continues - a new opera by Stephen Deazley, for Mahogany Opera Group, which premiered at the Royal Festival Hall on the 19th March. it is touring throughout the UK until October. 

The CD of The Girl I Left Behind Me recently won the broadway.com award for best new UK cast recording. 

Reviews for my recent performance at the Adelaide Festival  with Gavin Bryars in Mercy and Grand - the Tom Waits project:

Limelight magazine:
Opening dramatically with dynamic tango A Little Drop of Poison, Jess Walker, ahead of the Bryars-led ensemble chiming in on chorus, owned the stage. With maximum sass she performed a cracking selection of Waits/Brennan; these fabulous lyrical tales well told, and consummately performed. -
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/live-reviews/review-gavin-bryars-ensemble-guests-adelaide-festival#sthash.ruWwCpMX.EqEjnMoK.dpuf
 

BWW classical.com: 

Jess Walker slipped effortlessly between the roles of Mezzo Soprano and Hooker from Minneapolis. It was utterly brilliant.
http://bit.ly/1M9rGYD 

Realtime Magazine 

In this set, Gavin Bryars  introduced us to the superb mezzo soprano Jess Walker who evocatively rendered the tragedy of life that permeates these songs.

A CD of this concert will be released in 2016. Details to follow. 

Other news... 

I spent Summer 2015 as the singer in Caryl  Churchill's The Skriker, in a co-production between The Royal Exchange Theatre and the Manchester International Festival, with new music by Nico Muhly. This has just been recorded for BBC Radio 3, and will be broadcast in March 2016.

The Girl I Left Behind Me has been released as a CD on the Original Cast Recordings label. We recorded it in New York in October. Here's a link to a lovely review of it:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-CD-Reviews-THE-GIRL-I-LEFT-BEHIND-ME-Original-Cast-Recording-is-Charming-20140512#.U3G-1e29LCR 

It is currently available to buy or download at the following outlets:

 www.dresscircle.com 

 http://www.amazon.com/The-Girl-Left-Behind-Me/dp/B00GUNMWXO/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_Zy0Nsb0C6CPD3_tt

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Left-Behind-Original-Recording/dp/B00H4PXCS6/ref=sr_1_5_bnp_1_mus?ie=UTF8&qid=1389882637&sr=8-5&keywords=the+girl+i+left+behind+me 

 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jessicawalker1#.Up9EX0pbaSo.gmail

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The Girl I Left Behind Me is published by Oberon Books and can be purchased from: http://oberonbooks.com/girl-i-left-behind-me.html

 Mercy and Grand - the Tom Waits Project,  my CD with Opera North and Gavin Bryars, is out now on the GB label, and can be purchased on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B007G283S6/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?ref_=tsm_1_fb_lk