I am feeling very excited about tomorrow’s Voice Training course, being held at the Guildhall. I will be on the teaching team and we will have the honour and privilege to listen to and watch some of the most knowledgeable practitioners connected with voice. They will deal with alignment, breathing, movement, laryngeal mechanics, phonation, resonance, registers, articulation, physiotherapy, emotional motor system, teaching, performance and artistry. I can’t wait!
Thanks to my duo partner’s tireless work, we are about to embark on a mini-tour of South Africa, along with fabulous ‘cellist, Corinne Morris. We will give concerts in Hermanus, Mosselbay, Grahamstown and Pretoria, before returning to the UK. Repertoire includes: Schubert and Ginastera songs.
I feel so fortunate to recently have been able to visit a beautiful part of England, in order to perform in the Wensleydale Concert Series. I had the added treat of meeting some wonderful people, who formed part of an impressively attentive audience. I know just how attentive they were, because of some of the conversations I had with them afterwards-these people know how to listen! The concert series is held in the stunningly beautiful St. Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth and is run by Carol Haynes. The church acoustics are ideal for musical performance and Nico and I were made to feel extremely welcome by everyone involved. I look forward to a return visit some time.
I am looking forward to the new season with much joy. I have received several international engagements, as well as UK engagements and some wonderful new students at the Guildhall and so there is much to be thankful for. Invitations to the Netherlands, Estonia, Romania and South Africa await. With all the tragic events going on around the world and other events closer to home, I realise more and more that we must cherish our lives, be grateful for our health, our families and friends and do what we can to help,support and inspire others. Let us step forward with energy and resolve!
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” (attrib. Goethe)
One never knows how a new piece will be greeted by the public, or indeed what kind of energy will be generated by that first performance. What a thrill to be involved in the recent premiere of Jacques Cohen’s latest oratorio, ‘Exodus fragment- the parting of the waves.’ The piece proved to be popular with both audience and performers alike- we were all left with an adrenalin high after the first performance of this impressive work. I have always admired and enjoyed performing Cohen’s music, but this is surely one of his best works to date (see rehearsal photo).