So, the busy weekend of the tour is fast upon us!
I'll be singing two more concerts tomorrow, one in Brighton (poster right, orange) and one in Worthing (poster below, blue), both of which are full of fantastic music. I'll be accompanied by the fantastic Janine Willard - we have done some great work this week, and we'd both like to share the results of our work with as many of you as possible!
On Sunday, I'll be singing two services, then singing the last concert of my tour (poster bottom, green), where I'll be presenting a concert of some of the best countertenor arias from baroque dramatic works - again, more exciting music!
There are even plans afoot for me to do another recital tour around here - keep an eye on the blog for updates about that!
This is only a short post - more writing (including concert reviews etc) will be coming soon.
So, my tour in Sussex is well underway, and I must say I am very much enjoying my first visit to this part of the world! I even walked on Worthing Pier for the first time today!
The people here have been very welcoming, and I have been made to feel right at home, particularly in the church choirs where I have been singing as a guest (St.Wilfrid's, Bognor Regis, and St.Botolph's, Worthing). A lovely bunch of people, and I am very happy indeed to be joining them for services. The teaching I've been doing whilst down here has also been exciting!
I'm happy to have found out that this blog is reaching people - I was approached by a very nice gentleman on Sunday who told me more or less out of the blue that he was a regular reader of my blog - fantastic! I hope the blog's audience continues to expand, and I hope that readers will spread the word! I know I have listeners as far afield as Australia, Hong Kong, Russia and the USA, so I'm going to try and get the blog to go that far too!
My first recital was today, and the audience was very appreciative indeed. My next concert (image above!) will feature some amazing music, and I hope that as many people as possible will come. The concert is *FREE*, with a retiring collection.
That's it - short and sweet. I should be updating in the next few days when events really kick off, what with one of the busiest weekends I've had in years approaching!
There have been a couple of good things happening of late – first, I received my BA and will be graduating with full Honours this month. This means that this chapter of my life can come to its conclusion, and I can carry on with the rest of my life!
Next, my tour to Sussex is just around the corner – the first concert, “Going Continental,” is taking place on the 16th July – check out the poster opposite!
I’m also happy to announce that I’ll be joining the chapel choirs of Worcester College, Oxford for one final time as a Choral Scholar, as they undertake a residence at Southwell Minster at the end of this month. I’m really looking forward to singing with them for this! There is also some great music on the cards!
In another turn of events, I'm starting to get involved in some opera consulting - workshopping libretti (in terms of text, music and choreography), teaching and coaching musicians and providing various musical services. My first foray into the field will be in Cardiff later this month, where I'll be working on a striking (yet dark) new opera based around the human trafficking trade, set in various cities and warzones all over the world. It will explore very strong issues, such as the idea of informed consent and the politics surrounding sexploitation. Codenamed "Natasha" at the moment, the work is building up to be something exciting, unconventional, and hard-hitting. Watch this space.
Here's the bitter part - sadly, my masterclass course in Hungary has been cancelled, about which I'm gutted. The best I can do is take it on the chin, and chalk up all the wasted money to experience. An expensive one, but that's life.
Onto something more general – I saw an acupuncturist for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and had another session this past weekend. Basically, the stress of the past few months (finals, splitting with my fiancée etc) had made its way into my singing, and I thought to myself that having some deep tissue massage and acupuncture might well help. So I went for the session, and I felt the difference in my back straight away. Thanks to a fortuitous bit of foresight, I had the chance to put the treatment to the test at work, as I was due to do some depping at Manchester Cathedral later that day (Byrd Responses, Wesley in E and Britten’s “Hymn to St.Peter” – great music!). Thanks to the release of tension, my voice was on stellar form, and I’m glad I’m going for another session today! On the back of this, I’m seriously considering getting myself to see a physiotherapist on a regular basis. What with my fibromyalgia, muscular tension in the back is something that needs to be kept on top of, especially given I intend to be singing for the rest of my life! I’ll post a bit more about this when I’ve had my next session and looked into a regular physiotherapist for me to visit in Truro.
I think that’s it from me for now – 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!