Recorded as a collaboration between Champs Hill Records and the BBC alongside pianist Simon Lepper, Kitty Whately’s second album ‘Nights Not Spent Alone’ has received critical acclaim since its release on 2 June 2017. Described as having a ‘quick-witted, modern style’, the album showcases complete works for mezzo-soprano by composer Jonathan Dove, as a development following Dove and Whately’s first collaborative project in 2015. Composed especially for her towards the end of her tenure as a BBC New Generation Artist, in 2015 Kitty performed the three songs of the album’s title piece Nights Not Spent Alone at the Cheltenham Music Festival.
“As well as being eminently singable, Dove’s songs have a quick-witted, modern style, with echoes of Britten, Bernstein and Sondheim, that can turn on a sixpence and catch the emotions unawares. Kitty Whately and her accompanist, Simon Lepper, catch their elation, their humour, their heartache.”
Financial Times, Richard Fairman (2 June 2017)
“In an age of glossily interchangeable international artists, [Kitty Whately] isn’t afraid to tell us her story”
Gramophone (May 2017)
“Whately’s voice seems to match beautifully the personal touches found all over Dove’s music. […] Without those bits of Dove-trivia, it would be hard to pinpoint precisely which set was written with Whately’s voice in mind – she seems to suit them all. She sings with a beautiful balance of care and abandon; the songs of All the Future Days and Nights Not Spent Alone demand big, operatic moments, yet she can come right down to the conversational, almost Sondheim-like moments in Cut My Shadow. […] Whately is polished and real”
Schmopera, Jenna Douglas (24 April 2017)
To hear excerpts of the album and listen to Kitty discuss the project in further details, please visit Nights Not Spent Alone.
For more information on how to purchase the CD please visit Champs Hill Records.