Archived News for August 2011
02 Aug 2011
Every summer, remote north west Denmark becomes a hive of singing activity, as the annual North Sea Vocal Academy takes over the church music school in Vestervig and the farm at nearby Skibstedgaard for a series of week-long courses. Run by the indefatigable Peter Frost, the courses provide young singers and pianists the chance to escape from the hectic flurry of day-to-day professional life, and to focus on specific aspects of their performance and repertoire. As a third-time visitor to the courses, it was a joy to be back, working again with one of the country's very greatest vocal coaches, Audrey Hyland, and working on a diverse range of music with a lovely group of singers (Anna Huntley, Karolina Storm, Anna Louise Costello, Roberto Ortiz, Stuart Jackson, Sam Queen), preparing variously for competitions, auditions, roles and recordings.
24 Aug 2011
This was a week of festival recitals - starting with the newly-founded Fringe in the Fen on Friday (Liebeslieder Walzer and a range of parlour music, with Runette Botha, Kate Symonds-Joy, Julian Forbes, Sam Queen and Will Vann), and then moving to both Oundle and Buxton Festivals (Brahms, Barber and Britten with Marcus Farnsworth). The week was rounded off with a programme of Scottish songs at the Garrick Club with Katie Bray - great to be back in their continuing series of songs from around the British Isles.