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:
Alex is a classical singer and theatre performer based in London. He also works in Marketing & PR, and offers consultancy services across the UK.