skip to main content
RTÉ Radio 1 Drama On One

Confinements by Judith Mok

A long confinement - with people that live in my past..

Drama On One 24 Jan 2021 

Confinements by Judith Mok

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, the Dutch soprano, writer and vocal coach, Judith Mok performs her radio memoir, Confinements.

Recurring lockdowns prompt echoes from her family history, of precious moments together, of lives lost in the darkest days of World War II. 

'Locked in gently,' Judith thinks of previous generations. Fragments of family history float by: Her mother, who took a wartime train journey as an invalid; her Aunt Saar, who perished in the camp of Bergen Belsen; her father, who received a devastating visit from Otto Frank, father of Anne. These histories criss-cross with Judith’s recordings as a soprano, including the piece, Zey, described by composer Jeff Hamburg as ‘a lament for a culture that had almost been wiped out’. 

Written and performed by Judith Mok.

Sound Supervision: Mark Dwyer

Producer: Kevin Brew

Series Producer: Kevin Reynolds

Music featured in ‘Confinements’, all performed by Judith Mok


Composer: Jeff Hamburg

Performed with the New Sinfonietta Amsterdam.

Nani (Sephardic Song)

Performed with the Khoshravesh brothers on Setar, Kamancheh,Ney Damam and Udu.

Serena's Song

Addio Querido (Sephardic Song)

My Friend

Composer: Tchaikovsky

Performed with pianist Dearbhla Collins

Machmes Wos - The Dybbuk Lied

Composer: Louis Andriessen

Performed with Netherlands Promenade Orchestra conducted by Jan Stulen