I am delighted to re-join Hampshire-based choral group Esprimo for their concert, Songs of a Wanderer, in Winchester on Friday 22 April.
Join Esprimo for an evening recital of choral meditations for the Easter season, featuring sacred works from the Renaissance through to contemporary arrangements of classic folksongs.
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) with refreshments available after the recital, which will run for approximately one hour.
Live @ St Mark's is committed to supporting and promoting the up-and-coming stars of the classical music world. The soloists in this performance, and most of the orchestra, are young professional musicians.
Evangelist - William Searle
Pilate - Ben Poore
Soprano - Sophia Yan Jin
Alto - Lauren Macleod
Tenor - Alexander Akhurst
Bass - Robert Medina
Leader - Theresa Caudle
Conductor - Daniel Collins
I am delighted to announce that I will perform the role of Acis in G.F. Handel's Acis and Galatea.
The production, directed by David Foster, is alongside the New Sussex Opera Chorus and New Sussex Opera Baroque Ensemble.
Acis – Alex Akhurst
Galatea – Kathryn MacRae
Polyphemus – Andrew Robinson
Damon – Olivia Hemmings
Conductor – Nicholas Houghton
Director – David Foster
Presenting An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan with the Twyford Singers.
Join me at these upcoming performances in March 2022, featuring favourite arias and ensembles from the G&S Savoy operas, and a full concert performance of Trial By Jury.
The evening performances take place at 7.30pm in Twyford Parish Hall, and tickets are £15 (£8 under 16s).
Find out more and purchase tickets here.
Following my completion of studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, I have spent the summer combining ongoing singing work with a role in events and marketing, and like many others, also took some much-needed time to enjoy the great weather.
Hammersmith BID Summer Festival 2021
In my new role in Hammersmith, I have experienced working in a busy events role, collaborating with organisations to organise public events while still dealing with many ongoing challenges presented by the Coronavirus Pandemic.
With more artistic events and projects coming up, I am excited for the next few months in this role, and for the flexibility to continue gaining experience as a performer in London alongside it.
Live @St Marks
August 2021 performance at St Paul's Hammersmith (excerpt):
We'll be based in the middle of the Netley, Hamble and Bursledon area, with easy transport links into Southampton and Portsmouth. We're looking forward to welcoming audiences and musicians both locally and from further afield.
Take a look at our launch video below to hear about what we'll be up to over the coming months!
It doesn't fix anything to be frustrated and sad about our situation, but it's also very important to allow ourselves to feel what we need to feel about the situation we're in today. A third national lockdown is not how we wanted to start 2021, and for many of us who are struggling to feel secure, it's a struggle to stay motivated - I'm very happy for the opportunities which have been offered to me over the past two months.
In advent, I was fortunate to have quite a few ongoing projects. I was pleased to be involved in Random Opera Company's #OperaInLockdown project, and their team made such a success of three digital performances under difficult circumstances: I was very glad to be involved in all three:
- Messiah (Handel)
- Il Nozze di Figaro (W.A. Mozart)
- A gala concert featuring professional and student singers from around the world
Although many of us miss performing on stage, it was great to be given a sense of purpose and an end goal to aim towards - the creation of some brilliant performances. Take a look at Random Opera's Youtube Channel and support them if you can!
Even More Messiah
High-quality recordings were made of this performance, and I will share them on my website when they have been made available!
Puzzle Piece Opera
It was a pleasure to help organise and promote, as well as to sing in, the very successful Puzzle Piece Opera Gala concert last term. I'm looking forward to being involved in more more projects this term, including coordinating New Works Project and also performing in the spring production of The Marriage of Figaro (W.A. Mozart) In English.
We have once again been hit with a set of difficult restrictions on our lives and livelihoods as we try to deal with this pandemic as a community. Those of us in education are very fortunate that at least this part of our lives can carry on in some way, with our ability to use the college buildings and have in-person teaching unaffected where necessary.
Because we don't know what may happen at the end of this period of lockdown, public performances can can only really be provisionally planned, but there are some things to look forward to if you, like me, can't wait for a return to live music and theatre, and the sense of community and empowerment that they bring.
Here's a selection of some of the things I've been up to over the past month, and also a quick look at some things that are 'in the pipeline':
It was brilliant to once again work with the direction of Jennifer Hamilton to produce a staged recording of an excerpt from G.F. Handel's Jeptha. I played the title role, and learned a lot about playing the role of someone who is in torment and emotional breakdown, while not compromising the quality and connectedness of my singing.
I also played the role of Caramello in Eine Nacht in Venedig by J. Strauss II. This set of scenes has been sound recorded, but we are continuing to work on producing something special to accompany this audio, so look out for that too!
Recording of these will be available once production is complete - most likely at the start of 2021.
In the period immediately after the lockdown is projected to end, there are some exciting performances, including:
...Alongside these, I plan to keep producing recorded content and taking part in online projects, while preparing for a few exciting live performances in the new year (more information to follow).
New works projects
Since performing in the premiere of Georgia Barnes' composition A Time of Empty Tales in September, I have continued to work with Trinity Laban composers.
In December, I am performing part of a quartet piece, also by Georgia Barnes, which will be premiered at the Puzzle Piece Opera gala concert on Monday 7th December.
This term I have also featured in Theo Karpinski's composition, Broken, which was premiered for Trinity Laban's Rude Health festival last week. You can see the first instalment below:
The past couple of months have been very energetic and full of surprises, and I have a few new projects to talk about. Keep reading for updates about music at St Mark's, rehearsals for opera scenes, some recital appearances, and other exciting things in the pipeline!
Music at St Mark's, Hamilton Terrace
I continue as tenor choral scholar for another year at St Mark's Hamilton Terrace, and this year we plan to host Scholars' Recitals at least once per term. On 9th November, we're hosting a 'coffee morning' recital with some treats from Italian, French and German song repertoire, alongside some sacred polyphony with four voices.
Also in the diary:
Find out more details on the 'performances' section of my website.
Since March 2020, things have gone quite differently to how many of us in the music industry expected. Despite challenging circumstances, there have still been some brilliant opportunities to make music and art, and I wanted to share some of those that I've been involved with here:
Rocket Opera 'Karaoke nights'
As well as providing some exciting masterclasses with Martin Constantine and Matteo Dalle Fratte, Rocket Opera have been busy hosting a weekly performance platform for artists on Thursday evenings.
With established singers and young artists from many backgrounds participating, it has been wonderful to have a safe space in which to perform to real live people even during the difficult lockdown period. To find out more, visit Rocket Opera's website and get in touch!
A fundraiser for Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF)
Having participated as a cover artist and chorus singer in their January 2020 production of La Dafne, BREMF proved to be such a supportive and friendly organisation while also pursuing musical and theatrical excellence and providing great opportunities for young artists who want to start specialising in early repertoire.
Organisations like BREMF lost a lot of revenue from having to cancel their live season this autumn, and to support them in continuing their work, I joined a group of alumni in an online 'Playathon' which has been streamed online.
Alongside two other young artists, I produced a performance of the Air Gai from J.P. Rameau's Cantata L'impatience. You can view the end result at the link below, and please do give your support if you can:
British Youth Opera
This year was my first experience with British Youth Opera (BYO), who were forced to cancel their two summer opera productions because of the global lockdown. It was particularly sad as I was excited to have been offered a tenor chorus role in their production of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias in Hackney Empire Theatre.
Despite all the challenges, BYO managed to produce a really impressive and fruitful summer season of training for its young artists, and I had an amazing two weeks of workshops and masterclasses, including:
...and some grassroots too!
It's also been a pleasure to create music at my home church of St Edward in Netley Abbey, and with St Mark's Church, Hamilton Terrace, where I am continuing as a choral scholar for the 2020-21 academic year.
I have also reconnected with colleagues and other young artists to make music during lockdown, and will continue to share these projects on my Facebook page and YouTube channel.
...and take a look below at some of the 'Lockdown Creations' from the Trinity Laban vocal department, in which I feature as a soloist and as part of a larger vocal ensemble: