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!
So, it looks like my updates will be in the form of a monthly digest, with smaller posts in between.
The day-to-day work at the cathedral is exciting, and there are plenty of concerts coming up as well as a big recording project! More details as they come...
Yesterday I went to Oxford to take part in a performance of Mozart's Requiem alongside Berkshire Youth Choir and the Amadeus Orchestra under Philip Mackenzie. I had an absolutely wonderful time, and it was a great pleasure singing with them, and with my fellow soloists (Lucy Cox, Tim Coleman and Tomos Watkins). All in all, a massively successful concert. I also managed to go to a rather lengthy gaudy after-party at Worcester College, which I enjoyed thoroughly. It was great to catch up with some good friends face-to-face and to tie up some loose ends from my last undergraduate term. The trip was well worth it, and I would happily deal with 11.5 hours of train journeys in a 36 hour period to do all of it again. A good job really, as I'll be back in Oxford for a masterclass with James Bowman in a couple of weeks!
My move into music reviewing is also progressing very well. I'm now on the staff of MusicWeb International and Audiophile Audition, as well as Classical.net, and I'm currently digging into my first set of reviews - do keep an eye out as my reviews start being published! I'm also starting up a new, independent blog for CD reviews,
I'm exhausted, so I think I'm going to tuck myself in with a cup of tea and some ER (I'm a bit of a sucker for American medical dramas).
Thanks for reading, and I hope you'll come back for the next instalment!
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!