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!