It’s been a busy time with performances, rehearsals, teaching and examining all vying for my time. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my duo pianist, Nico de Villiers once again, as we prepare for our next recital. It has also been a great delight to prepare and then observe my Guildhall students giving their final recitals, as well as to work with my private students as they prepare for various performances; external examining at Leeds and the end of my latest research project at the Guildhall have all served to make this term a highly stimulating one. Continue reading “My next recital…”
How thrilling to be back at my Alma Mater, the Royal College of Music today! It was wonderful to walk around the place and note the things I remember from when I studied there, as well as the many changes. There is still that palpable sense of history and the feeling that you are walking in the footprints of so many great artists. I was fortunate to be able to return with my duo partner, pianist, Nico de Villiers. We took part in the Conservatoires UK forum, giving a lecture recital on the subject of Richard Hageman’s songs.
One never knows how a new piece will be greeted by the public, or indeed what kind of energy will be generated by that first performance. What a thrill to be involved in the recent premiere of Jacques Cohen’s latest oratorio, ‘Exodus fragment- the parting of the waves.’ The piece proved to be popular with both audience and performers alike- we were all left with an adrenalin high after the first performance of this impressive work. I have always admired and enjoyed performing Cohen’s music, but this is surely one of his best works to date (see rehearsal photo).
I was very fortunate to spend half the day with the magnificent, Dr.Ron Morris yesterday. Speech therapist, audiologist and singer (counter tenor), he draws on all three disciplines to provide a wealth of technical information and insights about breathing, vocal anatomy and articulation. Always down-to-earth, to the point, humorous and precise, I am always left feeling re-energised in my approach to my own vocal performance and teaching after spending time with Dr.Ron! I feel so fortunate to be a singer living in an age when we have access to such expertise.
More offers through today- another mini recital tour in South Africa, a recital for the prestigious Spanish Song and Zarzuela Festival in London, a lecture-recital at the Royal College of Music and…a possible Mahler 4 in Romania…watch this space! More news to follow. Hope you’ve had a great day everyone!
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. Continue reading “New experiences, new insights…”
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. Continue reading “Marie at Reflective Conservatoire Conference”
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. Continue reading “Review for South Africa (JIMF) recital”
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 07766 654 657
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. Continue reading “Back from South Africa”