Cordes en Ciel
...Kristiina's performance of three songs from the early baroque era, in which her soaring voice and variety of expression brought out the contrasting moods...
Bernard's pure sweet soprano devastating in the serious and sparsely scored Vidit suum
- Kristiina Watt - Renaissance Lute/Theorbo/Baroque Guitar/Soprano
- Héloïse Bernard - Soprano
Programmes include a mix of vocal solos, duos and instrumental solos on the renaissance lute/theorbo and baroque guitar. Composers include Monteverdi, Caccini, Purcell, Charpentier, Le Camus, de Visée, Moulinié, Kapsberger, Piccinini, de Murcia, Luzzaschi.
Ensemble Cordes en Ciel is formed of lutenist/soprano Kristiina Watt and soprano Héloïse Bernard. The duo met while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, drawn together by a shared interest in the intimate and text-driven genre of the lute song and baroque monody. In addition to solo voice lute songs, Cordes en Ciel also performs vocal duos inspired by the three ladies of Ferrara. As Kristiina accompanies herself while singing, the duo can offer to the modern audience an example of the figure of the "Orphic singer," embodied by iconic performers such as Giulio Caccini.
In the 2018/19 season the duo was heard in performance at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow South Side Fringe Festival, Glasgow West End Festival and Dunblane cathedral.
In 2019 the duo was one of the four chamber groups selected to take part in the Enterprise Music Scotland's chamber music showcase at the Glasgow City Halls.
Kristiina was a bursary student at the 2019 Dartington International Summer School studying lute with David Miller and singing with Dame Emma Kirkby. Performances in the 2018/19 season included "Rejoice in the lord always" with the Kellie consort at various Scottish venues including St.Cecilia's Hall in Edinburgh, "Emma Kirkby's birthday recital" at Dartington Hall, where Kristiina participated both as an accompanist and a singer; and "A Venetian Vespers" conducted by Andrew Griffiths at Dartington Hall.
Héloïse graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the guidance of Wilma MacDougall. She holds a Masters degree in French Literature.
On stage, she sang Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Young Northern Baroque ensemble, Mélisande for Pelléas/Mélisande, at the Tartu International Drama festival, Estonia; Amore in L'incoronazione di Poppea, London; Susanna, Le Nozze di Figaro, Castellón, Spain. She will be Iris in Eccles' Semele in Cambridge this November.
In addition to her work in the early music scene, she often performs in recital, with a particular interest in French mélodie and modern repertoire.