I loved being part of the Soiva Kieli project at the Sibelius Academy, exploring rarely heard Nordic repertoire on the theme of Nature, juxtaposed with readings about the effects of climate change around the world.
I am delighted to be singing the title role in Handel’s Semele this summer, as part of the Sibelius Summer Academy in collaboration with the Vantaa BRQ Festival and Audite Choir. Looking forward to getting started!
I’ve really enjoyed working on new projects over recent months and I am grateful to have had some work continue during these difficult times.
I had a great time in the working group for Oblivia’s their new opera Obsessions – lots of free improvisation, fun and so great to be back working with new people. Stay tuned for my upcoming contribution to their blog!
At the Sibelius Academy this term I am proud to have performed in a Masterclass of Saariaho’s music lead by Anu Komsi and Pia Värri. It was amazing to dive into this music for a week and I am pleased the performance will available to share online soon.
This year will of course continue to be difficult for many reasons, but I’m so grateful to still have some projects to work towards. I’m currently spending some time on new repertoire and making some new recordings, I’ve got a few auditions coming up and I’m looking forward to starting language lessons in the coming weeks.
I’m singing Caterina in L’amico Fritz by Mascagni and in the chorus for Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Sibelius Academy Opera in March and following straight on from that I’ll also be starting a new staged project at Sibelius Academy exploring the relationship between the natural world and song.
Although postponed at the moment, I’m also looking forward to singing in Sonic Blossom, an installation exploring gifts of song by Lee Mingwei at the Ateneum in Helsinki (now likely to be in Autumn).
Keeping everything crossed that more normality is on the horizon for 2021 – wishing everyone all the best in this tricky time.
I am so pleased to have been back singing again this week in my first concert at the Sibelius Academy. It has been such a strange and difficult year for all artists during the pandemic and although the situation is far from over, it was a real joy to get back on stage and to bring some music to an audience once again.
I am also excited to share the news that I will be joining Lee Mingwei’s beautiful and emotive installation ‘Sonic Blossom’, which will come to the Ateneum Gallery in Helsinki in the new year. This project involves singing Schubert’s lieder to visitors of the gallery, sharing the music as a gift to the listener. More information can be found at http://www.leemingwei.com .
Absolutely delighted to announce I will be starting my Master’s studies in Vocal Arts at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland this summer! I am very excited for this next step and new experiences in such an inspiring place.
Thank you to my lovely family and friends and to my teachers Rosa Mannion and Mary King for their belief in me and continued support.
I am delighted to be premiering new piece ‘En Sourdine’ by composer Joel Järventausta, commissioned by Jennifer Coumbe for a commemorative concert to honour the late Charles Richardson. Though the concert has currently been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, I look forward to singing in the concert when it is rescheduled in the autumn.
It was a wonderful experience to collaborate again on a piece; Joel and I discussed ideas and tried out sketches of the piece at different stages as he built it into a complete work. The piece is for soprano and viola and I very much enjoyed working in this duo for the first time; Katherine Clark is the violist for the premiere and we quickly became responsive to each other in rehearsals, bringing the piece to life.
Details of the premiere will be released in due course.
I finished 2019 with a lovely few concerts on the run up to Christmas; in particular I loved singing for the Funtington Music Group with Tina Gelnere; the concert had a festive atmosphere, the audience were so warm and responsive and I really enjoyed taking a lot of new repertoire into performance.
Now 2020 has arrived and like all my colleagues around the world I am sad to say that my projects for the spring have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. My thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by the virus. These are difficult and unprecedented times for us all.
I am using the time at home to take on more teaching online and I am working on new repertoire and project ideas, ready to get back into things as soon as we all can. There are many fantastic musicians offering lessons for all instruments and styles online now too. What perfect distraction from the grim news that faces us and a great way to keep spirits up, minds active and find relaxation. If you’re interested in trying out lessons with me, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Equally if you have another instrument in mind, drop me a line and I’ll recommend a colleague where I can.
Many of us love music, theatre, film, TV, dance and art and all artists and arts organisations around the world are being hit hard by this current crisis. If you are able to, please consider supporting the future of the arts now; you could try out a few new lessons, donate to the artists’ funds that are popping up or donate the ticket money for your cancelled concert/show back to the organisation.
After a great summer of singing, I am looking forward to my projects coming up over the next couple of months. I have been appointed as the Assistant Musical Director for Richmond Opera, for their 2019/20 season and I have enjoyed the rehearsals for this project so far. I am also pleased to announce I will be joining the cast for their production of Purcell’s King Arthur too, singing Emmeline, in November. I am also looking forward to my upcoming concert for the Funtington Music Group in December. I will be reuniting with my regular concert partners Tina Gelnere and Chris Coote for an evening of Operatic Arias and song (including a few Christmas numbers too!).
More concerts in the pipeline too, details to follow…