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A busy summer…

I have not been keeping up to date with my blogs!

In my defence, it has been a very busy summer. We took our new Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady programme, Weill at Sea to England for its première performance on Saturday July 22nd. We were appearing for the fourth year running as part of Roger Rowe’s Chapel Concert series in Norwich, and we received a wonderful, warm welcome – thank you all!

And then it was back to Brussels to prepare for two very different and equally exciting projects:

A performance with the women’s vocal ensemble La Noeva of the entire 14th century Llibre Vermell manuscript; and our first ever CD recording as Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady. Too much for one blog – more details to follow!

Weill at Sea – new Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady programme: coming soon!!!

KSL House Concerts

Belgium is well known for its stunning architecture. Our experience is that a concert by Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady given in a 1930s setting heightens the magic of both the music and the venue itself.

If you own or run a 1930s building, whether privately or professionally, and you are interested in the idea of bringing KSL into your space, please don’t hesitate to contact me via penelope.turner (at) to discuss the possibilities.

Let’s make the beautiful buildings of Belgium breathe!

© Picture: Rudi de Rechter


Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady will be collaborating with the Koriolis Kamerkoor to bring you


on Saturday June 17, 2017


After an inspiring first meeting with Joris Derder, the dynamic and creative conductor of Koriolis, our work can begin!

A spoonful of sugar?

I see Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady as a chance to add that spoonful of sugar to the medicine that has to go down.

Let me explain. Essentially, I’m by nature a lightweight – I’m at my best when I can have a laugh. But I can’t entirely ignore the wider world, and certainly not in the face of what looks like a continuing rise of the political far right. There are changes afoot that could very well come to personally affect us all – even those of us who have until now been cocooned in a comfortable European democracy.

Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady is my attempt to remain connected by singing about themes that remain relevant today. Some of the songs we have chosen to perform have texts about the failures of ‘the system’ and about the dangers of intolerance and a lack of empathy. Others look at aspects of the human condition, such as the effects of unrequited love and abusive behaviour.

These are important themes and they are thought-provoking texts, but that’s not enough for me.

I want also to celebrate the beauty of Kurt Weill’s music: his gift for melody and his unique mix of classical, cabaret, dance and jazz in these songs. I want to share the poetry of the texts: to celebrate their wit and cleverness as well as their underlying message. And I want to celebrate the talent of my pianist (you, Andrew Wise!) and share the interpretations that we have worked on together.

And some of our songs are just a bit of fun 😉