No, I'm not going to go on about the snow. It is what it is. The fact is that I'm in a warm room and happy to stay that way until overseeing Schola Cantorum auditions, going to the Trustees' meeting and then rehearsal after. That's not until 5pm or so, so I'll enjoy my time in the warm while it lasts.
The first Illumina rehearsal the other day was fantastic! We managed to sing through the ENTIRETY of the Bach Mass in B Minor *and* work on some in some detail - I *knew* this ensemble would be something special, and that we could do all of that in one rehearsal makes me really excited.
Now, regarding concert prep...
Chats with the recording technician are proving very productive - we're already chatting logistics of the day, and the planning is going really quite smoothly.
We have had a stroke of luck in that we have been able to expand *both* the Tenor and Bass sections with consummate ease - this will be of great benefit to the overall sound, will help the overall stamina of the choir, and proved that Solomon and I had made a sound call on that front.
The orchestra fixing is also going relatively well - it's filling out nicely, and I'm really looking forward to working with them on my solo arias in a few weeks time!
I'll be starting rehearsals with St.Peter's College Chapel Choir this week, where I'll be in Chorus II for my Matthew Passion appearance with them (I love singing both solo and chorus in the same concert - that's how I baroque and roll!).
It turns out that I didn't have a nasty cold - it was full blown viral bronchitis (so, all the disease with none of the medicines, apart from the usual cold and flu remedies really - not much help really), which wasn't at all pleasant. My voice (my falsetto in particular) is still rather delicate, but I'm building my strength back, and I should be back up to full strength in about a week or so.
Right, I think that's all for now - I'm going to go and enjoy breakfast and a cup of tea to really kick off my day...
Hi everyone - Illumina is making some great progress!
We're now live on Facebook, Twitter and the web, and we're having our first rehearsal on Saturday. We have a great line-up of singers, and I'm really excited about getting started.
I'll Twitter some pictures from our rehearsal on Saturday, so keep a watch out for them.
We're having the concert recorded professionally and we're taking ticket reservation requests at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're interested in getting in touch with Illumina as a singer, orchestral player or composer, visit www.illuminaoxford.com/join-us and send us a message.
So very excited! I have been working into the small hours with my friend Solomon Lau, and we have jointly founded a new musical ensemble, named Illumina. Illumina is a small choir of talented young singers that sings large scale works with small number of high quality singers, as well as an organisation that will allow up and coming composers to have their works performed to a high standard.
Illumina also intends to give back to the community by nominating a charity for each of its concerts. The chosen charity will then receive a percentage of profits from the concert.
Our first concert will be a performance of Bach's B Minor Mass, and it will be held in St.Peter's College Chapel at 7.30pm on Friday 16th February. Put the date in your diaries!
Solomon and I have been talking about this for a couple of months now, but tonight we decided to make it happen! We have the name, a web-page and a contact form for the choir, and it is live and ready to go! Please visit the Illumina page by clicking here
So, the Creation project ended on Wednesday - and what a concert it was! Schola Cantorum was very well received by concert-goers, OAE sponsors and OAE players alike (not famous for gushing really, so it was high praise indeed!), and the conductor (Adam Fischer) was very pleased.
Now that it's over, I can turn my attention to other things - Finals to start with. My timetable is now sorted and I have plenty of seminars, tutorials and lectures to keep me busy.
Musically, there are also some exciting things to focus on. In February I'll be taking part as a soloist and chorus member of Bach's B Minor Mass and Matthäuspassion (in the second chorus, which is my favourtie!)- I can't wait!
I'll also be doing a recital at Somerville College, Oxford, with the guitarist Giles Masters. He's a fantastic guitarist with whom I worked on Dido and Aeneas last November, and I'm really looking forward to doing this project with him. I'll be doing a great programme of songs by Dowland and Purcell, so be sure to come!
However, I'll have to hold off the singing for a little while as I am now full of a
rather nasty cold and my throat is swollen.
Until next time...
A great rehearsal in London! Would have updated here last night but I was very tired, so bed came first...
Found out yesterday that we'll be performing at A=430 - interesting, as the rehearsal was at A=440! I'll also be taking part in the solo quartet stuff in the final movement, which was a nice surprise.
Really looking forward to today's instalment, and I might even get a few photos up onto the twittersphere - keep your eyes open!
Just a brief update.
I've recently become a featured artist at The Choral Agency, which is a site that offers musical services to soloists, choral singers, choirs and concert organisers. Be sure to check them out at www.thechoralagency.com!
So, today has been very productive. I've built the new site and launched it, as well as putting some feelers around Cornwall and Devon for solo work later this year. Oh, and a side of sorting out some solo work in Oxford.
I've had some very promising e-mails from putting said feelers out - after one e-mail, New Cornwall Opera replied that they would be "delighted" to have me and that I would be "most welcome", so that may have guaranteed me some opera chorus and maybe even solo work when I arrive in Cornwall.
In addition to that I got another bite - one e-mail I sent was to a choral society MD in Devon, whose reply said that I'd definitely be on his list of soloists, and that he hopes to be able to give me solo work with one or more of his three choral societies. Three possible work ventures. In one e-mail. Something tells me my time in the South West is time I'm going to enjoy very much indeed.
Now I need to do my tidying and washing up, so until next time...
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!