So today is my 23rd birthday, and this month has been quite a nice one overall.
The half term is approaching, and I'm looking forward to having a week in Cornwall without any duties - it turns out I have some old school friends in the area, so I'll be taking the time to catch up with them.
My reviewing is going well (the reviews take a few weeks to appear once I've submitted, so they'll take a while to show up), and the Oxford-based group Out Of The Blue have asked me to review their new CD, "Blueprints" - I'll let you all know when I'm publishing that! It will be fairly soon (within the next week, because half term means extra free time!).
One of the highlights of my month - in addition to doing Mozart's "Requiem" in the Sheldonian - was singing in the Countertenor Masterclass with James Bowman this past weekend (see the picture opposite!) - what a great experience it was to get guidance from a singer such as James, and to get the positive exposure I did (because the New College Antechapel was pretty much full!). Singing as Oberon was a huge amount of fun, and it's an experience I hope to repeat on the operatic stage in the future It was also great fun to work with Nicholas Freestone as my accompanist again! The seminar on the countertenor voice, its 20th Century revival and Britten's relationship with it was massively interesting, particularly with having Mark Deller (the son of the legendary Alfred Deller) in the room leading the discussion!
That's it for now I think - I've got evensong in a few hours, and a few errands to run!
Freelance countertenor, recently graduated from the University of Oxford and a Choral Scholar at Truro Cathedral. Here, there are updates on various projects and my musings on music, philosophy, and on life in general, all laid bare for your perusal, reading pleasure and comment. Enjoy!