The Knife of Dawn - A New Opera by Hannah Kendall

Support composer Hannah Kendall in raising the final £5,000 for her new one-man chamber opera, The Knife of Dawn.

Support Hannah Kendall, one of the UK’s leading young composers, in raising the final £5,000 for her new chamber opera, The Knife of Dawn, which will be premiered at London’s Roundhouse on 6 October 2016. 

By donating you could have the opportunity to have one of the songs from the opera dedicated to you, or a loved one; receive a framed signed original graphic score, or have a signed copy of the full score or libretto. 

A new one-man chamber opera by Hannah Kendall, The Knife of Dawn explores the life and mind of Guyanese poet and political activist Martin Carter as he boldly fights for his country’s independence. 

An award-winning composer, Hannah writes music of great beauty and intricacy. In this, her operatic debut, she takes inspiration from one of the Caribbean’s most influential writers, setting Carter’s own lyrical and evocative poems, drawn together into a moving new libretto by Tessa McWatt.

Set in 1953 during Carter’s imprisonment, The Knife of Dawn vividly reveals the personal struggles of a courageous artist, exploring cultural, political and social issues still very relevant today.

Hannah is deeply committed to encouraging those who would not ordinarily do so, to engage in opera and classical music in general, and will be engaging young Lambeth and Lewisham secondary school students with the work through a series of workshops in partnership with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, highlighting that opera can be relevant to anyone. 

Help us raise the final £5,000 for this bold new project. 

Described as ‘…intricately and skillfully wrought’ by The Sunday Times, Hannah’s music has attracted the attentions of some of the UK’s finest groups including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, and Philharmonia Orchestra, with performances at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, The Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre, The Place, Westminster, Canterbury, Gloucester and St Paul’s Cathedrals, Westminster Abbey and Cheltenham Music Festival. Hannah's works have also been broadcast on BBC Radio, including 'Composer of the Week' in March 2015. Most recently, Hannah won the 2015 Women of the Future Award for Arts and Culture.