So, it's been a while since I last updated the blog and I thought I'd better get myself into gear and get some writing done!
Plenty of big stuff has happened over the last month - I completed my tour of the South Coast, I went and did a residency at Southwell Minster with the Worcester College Chapel Choirs, and I went to the Historically Informed Summer School at Scarborough, hosted by the North East Early Music Forum.
So, the Tour - All in all, what a successful ten days! I sang evensongs and eucharists with some wonderful people, and I was welcomed into the various communities with which I was involved with open arms. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the South Coast and would love to go back next year. Fortunately I have been informed that people in the area would also love to have me back, so I think that might be a match made in heaven! I plan to go back next year with an even wider variety of concerts (including a number of concerts designed for families and young children, all in a Prom-like style). Watch this space - it's all going to get very exciting indeed!
My trip to Southwell with the Worcester College Chapel Choirs was the perfect way to end my tenure as a Choral Scholar. A great five days, filled with brilliant music, wonderful food, and great friends. My highlight of the trip had to be the hour or so spent in the Chapter House, where the mixed choir got together and took part in some casual consort singing - an amazing acoustic and great sound. It was just brilliant! I'm really grateful to the Chapel Choirs for their friendship, support and fellowship over the past four years, and I hope that the choirs continue to flourish in the future - I know they have big plans!
I got back from my trip to Scarborough yesterday. I met a variety of wonderful people and made some great music, including repertoire from Josquin, Ramsey, Morley and Praetorius. I also attended a spectacular session on the music of Hildegard von Bingen run by Vivien Ellis. In the evenings I enjoyed performances from musicians such as Susanna Pell, Jacob Heringman, Duo Corde, Mary Tyers and Stewart Hardy. I'm happy to say also that my short lecture on the castrati was very well received by all who attended. I also ended up being the course's Bass soloist, due to the very low number of male singers. That small detail aside, It was an absolutely wonderful five days, and it is a course I can wholeheartedly recommend. Great tutors, fun sessions and a chance to meet a lot of amazing and friendly people - what more could you want!
I found out the other day that I'll be singing in a masterclass for emerging young professionals with James Bowman as part of the Britten In Oxford centenary celebrations - massively exciting! Not only a chance to see James again (and to meet Mark Deller, a countertenor and Alfred Deller's son!), but also a chance to work with Nicholas Freestone as my accompanist again. This is going to be a great occasion, and I can't wait to get involved with it.
So now I'm planning for the next big thing - Truro. I'm packing for the big move, and getting more and more excited as I go along! I'll be living in a house with the other Choral Scholars very close to the cathedral, so I'll be living in the city centre - great!
Before I depart for Cornwall I have two final gigs - one on the 26th August in University Church in Oxford (with the choir of Merton College), and a series of services in Chester Cathedral on September 1st (with the vocal ensemble Octavo).
That's it for now, but be sure to check back soon!
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!