Archived News for September 2010
13 Sep 2010
Today saw the beginning of term at the Royal Academy of Music; it is exciting to be back in the building this year as the Lucille Graham Opera Fellow. This post will see a mixture of répétiteur commitments (for the termly opera scenes and for the three main productions this year: Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, Peter Maxwell Davies’ newly commissioned Kommilitonen!, and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera), along with some coaching of the singers, some recitative playing, some chorusmastering, and all the other varied tasks that get thrown in the direction of the music staff in any opera company!
15 Sep 2010
September in Chelsea means the Chelsea Schubert Festival, and, as winners of last year's inaugural Chelsea Schubert Festival Song Competition, Marcus Farnsworth and I were back this year to perform a lunchtime recital. We presented a programme of Schubert songs alongside Schumann’s heart-wrenching Dichterliebe, in this, Schumann's 200th anniversary year.
25 Sep 2010
As ever it was a pleasure to be back at St Peter's Ardingly, kick-starting the second year of the 'Music at St Peter's' series. It's been fantastic to see this series build up such a loyal following; to see audience members return time after time (even those who self-confessedly never usually go to concerts!) and to raise yet again a significant amount of money for charity (on this occasion for the Pakistan Flood Relief Appeal; given the severity of the situation there it seemed cold-hearted not to break away from our usual focus of supporting local organisations). Flautist Fiona Slominska and baritone Sam Queen were both extremely popular with the audience and join the prestigious ranks of those who have been to perform at this humble venue!