New experiences, new insights…


I took my first tentative steps in free musical improvisation at the superb iCON seminar, in Kallio-Kuninkala, Finland in Oct 2013. This was a unique event in my life, where I had the opportunity to reflect, listen to, exchange ideas and share with illustrious colleagues from other European conservatoires. I felt so privileged and honoured to be invited to this event.

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Marie at Reflective Conservatoire Conference

The Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2015: Creativity and Changing Cultures

Thursday 26 February – Sunday 1 March 2015

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Reflective Conservatoire Conference is held every three years and is an established feature of the international events calendar.

The Conference brings together leading performers, teachers and researchers from all over the world to address the key issues in Higher Education within music and drama, explored through a series of performances, practical workshops, keynote speeches, curated sessions, seminars and round-table discussions.

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Review for South Africa (JIMF) recital

Here is an excerpt of Brooks Spector’s marvellous review of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, with special attention paid to The Melicus Duo recital:
“Even without attending all of the events, one could be delighted by the variety and first class professionalism on the part of the many different musicians, as well as the striking thoughtfulness of the content of the programs they performed.

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Haydn and a world premiere with Lloyd’s Choir

I have been invited to sing soprano solo with the wonderful Jacques Cohen and Lloyd’s Choir again. Here are the details:

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 6:30pm
St Katharine Cree Church, Leadenhall Street EC3A 3DH

HAYDN Theresienmesse
COHEN Exodus Fragment – The Parting of the Waves
The first performance of an exciting new work by Jacques Cohen

Marie Vassiliou (soprano), Mae Heydorn (mezzo), Mark Wilde (tenor), Robert Rice (baritone)

For ticket information contact 07766 654 657

Back from South Africa

After a wonderfully invigorating trip to Johannesburg and Pretoria, where I was fortunate enough to meet a number of delightful personalities, including the superb composer, Peter Klatzow (see photo), I am back on British soil. It was straight back into musical delights, with a marvellous masterclass given by Martin Katz at the Guildhall on Friday, then yesterday, I was on the entrance exam panel with Jane Booth for the Historical Performance course. Today, a rehearsal with pianist, Nico de Villiers, ready for our recital in Leeds, this coming Friday.

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Front Page News

The Richard Hageman aquaduct concert in Leeuwarden, Holland, made the front page of the newspaper as well as Dutch television. Here is a link:
See Marie at 3’43”.

Translation Below:

Hageman Aquaduct honours ‘son’ of Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden motorists will soon be able to pass under the Richard Hageman Aquaduct at Ritsumasyl. The city’s only Oscar winner is commemorated by naming the new aquaduct after him.

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Masters Distinction

I got a letter telling me I have been awarded my Masters title with distinction!! It is a day on which to be very thankful to those people who have supported me and made this all possible. You know who you are – love you always.

Research Update

A quick update to let everyone know I am very pleased and excited as I got the funding for my next research project. (more information coming soon).

Melicus Duo – Join Mozart Festival

Tuesday, 3 February 2015 – 7.30 p.m.

SONG RECITAL – Northwards House

Nico and I, The Melicus Duo will perform at this extremely prestigious event in a programme entitled, Shakespeare in Many Guises, including songs by Argento, Saint-Saens, McDowall, Quilter, Amy Beach, Tippett, Honegger, Klatzow and Korngold. There are some wonderful international artists to be heard and seen in this festival.

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The Melicus Duo, Leeds University

Fri 13 February 2015
The Melicus Duo will give their debut at Leeds University’s lunchtime recital series
Venue: Clothworker’s Hall, Leeds University     Time: 13:00