Mary Carewe is one of the most accomplished and versatile concert and recording artists in the UK. She has performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe, the Americas and Australia, with repertoire encompassing stage and screen, 20th century cabaret and contemporary classical music.
A dynamic stage performer, Mary regularly appears with the main UK orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, City of Birmingham and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, the Hallé, Philharmonia, Northern Sinfonia and Ulster Orchestra. In Europe she has performed with the Orchestre d’Ile de France, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra; and further afield, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops (with whom she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall, New York); and also with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, John Rutter, Carl Davis, Kurt Masur, John Wilson, Don Pippin and David Charles-Abell.
With Australian pianist and arranger Philip Mayers, Mary presents a number of Serious Cabaret programmes exploring the development of cabaret and jazz throughout the 20th century. In 2012, Mary and Philip released Serious Cabaret for Orchid Classics, which included Berlin Cabaret songs, re-inventions of popular songs by George Gershwin, Kurt Weill and Lionel Bart as well as art songs. As a recitalist she has appeared at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Maison de Radio-France in Paris, Festival de l’Ile de France, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Casa da Música in Porto, Opera Butxaca in Barcelona, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Sage Gateshead, the Southbank Centre and King’s Place, London, as well as the Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Music Festivals.
On stage, she has sung the role of Mrs Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at the Loch Shiel Spring Festival; Anna 1 in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins in Bilbao and Cuenca, Spain; and in theatrical revues of Sondheim, Rodgers and Hart, and Cole Porter at London’s Cadogan Hall. At the 2010 Musikfest Stuttgart, Mary presented Das Lied der Nacht, performing Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and songs by Kurt Weill with the Sheridan Ensemble.
Mary has appeared frequently as a soloist for BBC Radio 2. On their flagship live music programme Friday Night is Music Night she has starred in over 75 episodes, most recently to celebrate the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song writing partnership. On television, her voice is a familiar feature for jingles and TV themes, and her appearance alongside Carl Davis and the Philharmonia in a concert to celebrate 50 years of James Bond was aired on BBC4 to wide acclaim.
Recent and upcoming highlights include tours to Colombia (with Philip Mayers) and Russia (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), her debut with the Argovia Philharmonic, Switzerland and a return to Australia for her debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and a series of recitals for Musica Viva.
A prolific recording artist, Mary’s discography reflects the diversity of her work, ranging from quintessential musical theatre composers including Rogers and Hammerstein, and Kander and Ebb; to 70’s pop icons Abba and the hits of the James Bond movies. Mary has also recorded Life Story by and with Thomas Adès for EMI, Britten on Film with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and appears with the Hallé on their CD Britten to America. Further to this, Mary has recorded extensively for Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, featuring on his Christmas CD Stella Natalis, and providing vocals on many of the instantly recognizable Adiemus albums.