So a month has passed, and what a month it has been!
Unfortunately my stepfather had a stroke whilst in Portugal, but he is well and truly on the mend, and he makes lots of progress everyday.
Aside from that I had my own little vacation, taking a break for a while and getting ready for my big move.
On the work side, I've been getting up to plenty:
I joined the Merton College Chapel Choir (one last time before my move) in order to sing a concert hosted by the OUP in honour of Dr.Mack Wilberg's visit to Oxford. Dr.Wilberg is the Director of Music at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and is was great to sing some of his music, as well as a variety of great pieces (including Tallis, Sheppard and Chilcott and Lauridsen!). Chatting with him after the concert, he was a really nice chap and a pleasure to talk to! I also had a great time with the choir, and I enjoyed working with them, their conductor Ben Nicholas and organist Nicholas Freestone one last time before moving to Truro.
I have since moved to Truro and have taken up my post at the cathedral. I'm coming to the end of my first full week of term, and it has been wonderful! I was officially installed this last Sunday in front of a congregation of hundreds, and I have been welcomed into the fold very warmly by parishioners, choir colleagues, choir parents, clergy and locals alike. The repertoire has been great, including Dove's "Seek Him that maketh the seven stars" and Jackson's "Cantate Domino," and there's a lot more to come - a reconstruction of the first ever Nine Lessons and Carols (from 1880 - it was invented in Truro by the then Bishop, Edward Benson, NOT by King's, Cambridge!), a CD recording and an evensong broadcast for the BBC to name but a small fraction of what lies in store!
In addition to the renowned Cathedral Choir I have joined a couple of other choirs in Cornwall, into which I have again been very warmly received! I have joined the St.Mary's Singers (the Cathedral's voluntary choir), as well as Cornwall Youth Choir, where it is my job to support the younger singers by providing a strong alto line. The quality of music-making down here in Cornwall is very high, and I'm enjoying it massively. Let's hope it continues!
I'm also looking for some part-time employment down here in order to provide myself with some kind of financial stability. The job hunt is long and boring, but it's progressing! I've got an interview lined up next Wednesday, and I'm looking into working as a private tutor and singing teacher (both of which have provided leads!).
Outside this, I'm starting to lay the groundwork to become a classical music reviewer and a book reviewer for the British Voice Association, which should be exciting!
Right, I'm going to go and study some scores for upcoming services, and to find
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!