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: