Looking ahead to the festive season...

25/10/2019

After a very busy period, I am now relaxing in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, where amongst other things I am watching rehearsals for Cleveland Institute of Music's production of The Juniper Tree, a grisly tale set to beautiful music. Jet-lag be damned, I look forward to starting rehearsals for Les dialogues des Carmélites and to preparing for some additional things coming in December, as well as some potential auditions. The former:

1 December am (time TBC), Islington Union Chapel

Solo and chorus, Cantata BWV 140 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme' (JS Bach)

14 December pm (time TBC), St Mary's Church, Hadlow

Solo and ensemble, a Christmas concert of classical and operatic favourites with Rebecca Hooper, Kimberly Freeman, and Matthew Scott Clark

Yes this is all pretty sketchy right now but I'm looking forward to putting it all together. Who doesn't love the festive season?? It should be a nice tonic to all the upcoming operatic guillotine action...

A New Role and Some New Music

12/7/2019

I'm very excited to announce two items of news.

The first is that, having already announced a recital in Peterborough featuring a song cycle by Dai Fujikura, I can now say that it will be the UK premiere of that piece! My Letter To The World is a wonderful cycle for baritone and piano on poems by Emily Dickinson and William Blake that paint a vibrant and wondrous picture of the corporeal and metaphysical world. I'm so excited - more details to come, and I'll see if I can also perform the programme in London.

The second is a new role: Count Danilo Danilovitsch, in Léhar's The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe), with St Albans Chamber Opera. I think this constitutes one of the biggest professional roles I've sung so far, and there's a great amount of time to prepare, since the performances take place in March.

It seems like the things I'm doing and the way I'm singing are getting better each time, which is extremely encouraging! I'm now just focusing on rehearsing La Bohème - and trying to stay cool in the summer heat!

Concerts and Operas

18/5/2019

Hello! I'm back with more news! In chronological order, my future projects include:

1) Recital, 22 June 4pm, St Cuthbert's, Philbeach Gardens, with Orlando Shamlou on piano. We will be performing Poulenc, R Schumann, N Boulanger, and Larsen - £5 entry, poster available to view here

2) Solo items, Songs From The Shows concert with Sevenoaks Philharmonic Society, 29 June 7.30pm, Trinity School, Sevenoaks. Further details here.

3) Benoît and Chorus, La Bohème (Puccini), with Westminster Opera, 30 Jul and 1 Aug, Chateau de Panloy, Port D'Envaux, France. Further details here

4) Tuesdays Til Two Recital, 15 October 1pm, St John's Church, Peterborough, with Naomi Woo on piano. We will be performing Fujikura, Beach, and R Strauss - entry is free. 

5) Le geôlier (Jailier), Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc), with Midsummer Opera, 22 and 24 Nov, further details tbc. 

I'm very pleased to be doing so much - it's been so helpful for me to have this first recital to prep alongside Carmen and Chénier. It's brought me into contact with music that has changed me quite deeply as a performer and as a person. Onwards!

It's been a while...

1/2/2019

So... it's been a long time since I posted any news, and the only thing that reminded me to do so was giving my website details to someone and then realising, 'It probably still says I live in Peterborough...'.

Things have been very busy for me since moving to Islington! I have taken on several new private pupils, including some piano students, sung solos for Brahms and Fauré requiems, taken my place as part of an exciting new choir that aims to bring choral singing to schoolchildren in the Pimlico area, and gone through a whole ream of auditions. 

The latter has brought me mostly rejections, HOWEVER I am pleased to be able to look forward to three new projects:

1) A festival of contemporary music composed by women in St Clement's Church, Cambridge, 1pm on 2 March. This will be with tick.tock, a fabulous group with whom I premièred an exciting new work by Louis D'Heudieres back in 2017.

2) Covering Roucher, and Fouquier Tinville, in Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chenier, with Midsummer Opera, performance details of which can be found in the following link:

https://www.wegottickets.com/midsummeropera

3) Singing Dancairo in Bizet's Carmen, with Kentish Opera, performance details at the following link:

http://www.kentishopera.com/prod/carmen19/carmen19.htm

For now, it's time to order scores and learn music. Hopefully I'll be back with more news before TOO long...

NEWS NEWS NEWS

26/7/2018

SO. I've just moved to London, then two days later jetted off to Turkey, and now I'm back and sitting amidst so many cardboard boxes, in Islington. Life is good, albeit very hot. 

I'm also just about to start rehearsing The Rake's Progress with British Youth Opera, as a chorus member. As a big Stravinsky fan I should really know the piece a lot better than I do. Of course, I'm speaking in terms of being familiar with the whole opera, and I have diligently prepared my own music so that I am off copy and not at all unprepared for rehearsals to start in three days' time. 

Final bit of news, I obtained my PGCert in Performance Education from GSMD with a Merit! I was beginning to worry about my results since it feels like a long time ago that I submitted my final portfolio, but it turns out it's all fine and now I have a teaching qualification, which is all lovely. 

Anyway, if you need a singing teacher or tutor, get on that there contact form and let's work something out. More to follow, hopefully! :S

Website/Move

8/5/2018

Welcome to my new site! I've made this for easy sharing of info, news, and new recordings/pictures. It's the first time I've tried anything like this, so please do get in touch if there's something that isn't here that you'd like to see.

My bigger news is that I'll be leaving Peterborough, where I've been a Lay Clerk for three years, to move to London. Peterborough has been very good to me and I'll miss the people, the place, and the view from my front window...

 

I'll spend this summer making contacts and practising hard for auditions in the autumn, as well as searching for flats and sunbathing. Here's to this exciting new chapter!

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