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Royal Academy of Music

I am thrilled and honoured to announce that I will join the Royal Academy of Music vocal staff. I am much looking forward to it all. I will also continue working at my beloved Guildhall.

News

Had a fabulous time as part of the Classical Voice Training teaching team, along with Janice Chapman, James Platt, Andrew Follin, Ron Morris and Mandy Demetriou. 

On another note, I just saw this lovely photo of my student Sian Dicker (soprano) who won this year’s Voice of the Future Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.  

Voice training course- professional dev.

I am feeling very excited about tomorrow’s Voice Training course, being held at the Guildhall. I will be on the teaching team and we will have the honour and privilege to listen to and watch some of the most knowledgeable practitioners connected with voice. They will deal with alignment, breathing, movement, laryngeal mechanics, phonation, resonance, registers, articulation, physiotherapy, emotional motor system, teaching, performance and artistry. I can’t wait!

‘Off the Page’ at Guildhall

Well, I did it! I gave a fully improvised concert, along with some superb colleagues from Guildhall- Adrian Brendel, Philippa Davies, David Dolan and Rosie Bowker. Such a privilege to sing with such excellent musicians. We definitely had some fun, with audience members giving us ideas to spark off different ideas and forms. I am finding it fascinating to discover the impact which improvisation has on the performing artist. Speaking for myself, I feel even more present and even more immersed in my performance than when I am singing a pre-composed work. Such a joy to discover this and how this filters into my regular performances. 

Student success!

One of my Guildhall students, Sian Dicker, last night won the Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the Year competition!

Feeling grateful

My voice is feeling great, my students are growing and succeeding and I continue to feed my hunger for further knowledge through the superb professional development programme at Guildhall. My current interests lie within the fields of coaching-mentoring skills and musical improvisation. It is interesting to start to realise how the two are related! There is much to be grateful for at this time and some very good news which I will tell you about in one of my later posts. Nothing is impossible, lovely people!

Great sessions with Ron Morris

I was very fortunate to have the superb Ron Morris in my teaching studio for today. I always love to collaborate, but it is a special pleasure when it is with someone of Ron’s calibre. Such insights and specialist knowledge!  Hurray!  ­čÖé

 

Finland next!

Am feeling really excited about travelling to Finland again for another excellent iCON seminar. The last iCON was transformative for me and it looks as though this one will be no less inspiring. I will have the opportunity to work with another group of extraordinary musicians, talented, kind and generous. Most of all, I am looking forward to seeing my dear friend from the RCM days, Mona Julsrud!

South Africa, here I come!

Thanks to my duo partner’s tireless work, we are about to embark on a mini-tour of South Africa, along with fabulous ‘cellist, Corinne Morris. We will give concerts in┬áHermanus, Mosselbay, Grahamstown and Pretoria, before returning to the UK. Repertoire includes: Schubert and Ginastera songs.

Interesting times…

It’s been an interesting year for development and creativity. My duo partnership with South African pianist, Nico de Villiers, continues to stimulate me and create an outlet for my great love of chamber music. I have also had some wonderful orchestral singing engagements this year, in particular, Mahler 4 in Romania, which was a great delight.

My singing has developed in unexpected ways, possibly because of the introduction of improvisation sessions to my musical life this year.

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