They say singing is good for you, not least because there’s always new music to discover and learn. I’m looking forward to getting to know the Dubois Seven Last Words over the next few weeks, for a performance with Jonathan Price and the wonderful choir of Christ Church with St Ewen, Bristol on Good Friday.
I’m still buzzing after last night’s exciting concert with Winscombe Chorale and organist, Mark Hackerson, directed by Ian Hubbard, in the beautiful St Mary’s Church, Yatton.
Haydn’s Little Organ Mass went beautifully and it was a real treat for me to also share Michael Head’s “The Singer” and Handel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim” with a very generous and appreciative audience.
The highlight of the night though was the premiere of Ian Hubbard’s “Venite, Exultemus Domino”, due to be published by Banks in June, which raised the roof and showed the choir at its absolute best.
Brain research shows that singing in a choir causes a significant natural high, according to this Mail on Sunday article:
Looking forward to another evening of music-making with the wonderfully entertaining Weston Light Orchestra in a beautiful rural setting. 7.30pm at Barley Wood House, Wrington.
If you’re a classical singer who’s keen to perfect your craft, this weekend course in Wiltshire with Isobel Buchanan is highly recommended.
Places are still available for October.
The Rondo Theatre was the final destination for Bath Opera‘s touring production of La Boheme last night. It’s been a wonderful run and a real privilege to work with such a talented cast & crew. Not least, a huge thank you to the hundreds of people who came along over the weeks to play the most important role – our lovely audience!
Weston-super-Mare was the setting for tonight’s La Boheme with Bath Opera, in the lovely Blakehay Theatre. It was a very warm welcome for both cast and audience on this gorgeous summer’s evening. Thanks for having us!
Huge thanks to the Beaufort Theatre in Ebbw Vale this evening for hosting Bath Opera’s second performance of La Boheme. What a great venue for performing arts in the heart of the community, and a warm welcome from an enthusiastic audience.
It’s almost curtain-up time in this backstage snap of (L-R) Luke, Rick, Anthony, Dai, Julia and me (aka Rudolfo, Schaunard, Marcello, Colline, Mimi and Musetta).
There are still a few tickets left for tomorrow’s show at the Blakehay in Weston-super-Mare.
Congratulations to Vaishnabi for her recent win at Weston Festival of Music and Drama.
Vaishnabi worked very hard in her lessons for many weeks to learn her solo, “The Crocodile”. She was awarded high marks by the adjudicator, who praised her singing as well as her presentation. Here she is with her well-deserved medal. Well done!
Just came across this recording of “Le Colibri” (The Hummingbird) from a concert I gave back in 2015 with pianist, Jonathan Price. Click here to listen.
I haven’t sung this piece by Ernest Chausson for ages. It brought back some lovely memories. 19th century French song is just gorgeous for the singer. Hopefully the audience enjoyed it too!