Jane's latest piece, Kynde, a BBC Radio 3 commission, was premiered by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC singers, conducted by Martin Yates, at Cecil Sharp House on Friday 31 March.
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The concert marked the BBC's longstanding relationship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and placed some of the great folk-influenced orchestral works of the 20th Century alongside the brand new commission from Jane. The programme also included live performances by Spiro and piano soloist Victor Sangiorgio.
Kynde is a piece about connection; about connections to one another, ourselves, lost loved ones, ancestors, folklore, and how we connect ideas to find new meaning in old stories. The piece continues the personal journey of the notorious folk figure Barbara Allen, who spurns her dying admirer, and now has to confront her feelings. With influences including minimalism and electronica, Jane uses systems music to convey Barbara's confused, fractured thoughts and her longing for re-connection and clarity. Throughout the piece, Barbara's internal world, represented by the live singers, vies with the overt narrative, told by recordings of traditional singers from the Peter Kennedy archive. The source material for his 1950s BBC Radio show As I Roved Out, his recordings form the springboard for this piece.