My 2013/14 season in pictures

My 2013/14 season in pictures

The 2013/14 season finishes officially at the end of this week, but I had my last performance on Tuesday, so I’m effectively on summer break now. I need it. It’s been a really big season (but a great one!). I was in five new productions (and rehearsed a sixth, which I’ll do first in the coming season): Cristiano in Un ballo in maschera (Verdi) – […]

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Playtime (Figaro & Grimes)

It’s been a pretty crazy start to the 13/14 season, with two revivals of two of the great masterworks of the operatic canon in just two weeks! It’s always a great pleasure, and whole lot of fun, to sing the Count in Figaro, but especially so with my friend and colleague Steven Moore in the pit this time. We’ve actually done Figaro together before, in […]

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Some stream of consciousness on a Summer Sunday evening

I was standing during the service today, and it came into my head, “our church is in a really good season”. I’m very excited about the art project I’m helping organise at our church which will compliment a 4-part sermon series called ‘the season of the soul’. I’m excited about encouraging artists within our congregation, and celebrating the creativity God has blessed us with. I’m […]

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A debut day (and almost night) in Strasbourg

“I sing for free, it’s the waiting around I get paid for.” I wish I could remember who said that. Almost certainly it was someone sufficiently well-known in the industry to get paid a whole lot more for waiting around than I do, but it speaks a fairly true sentiment. I made my French debut last night, in a concert with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, in […]

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Singing the composers’ names in their own style

This is just brilliant. Save yourself three years of music history classes and watch this (or perhaps you need three years of music history classes in order to get the jokes?) I think my favourite part is when they get to Stockhausen. Via 22 Words (and the Bel Canto FB page)

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Many Places Many Faces now on Spotify

Many Places Many Faces now on Spotify

The IBC Many Places Many Face CD Project to which I contributed is now on Spotify, where you can listen to the whole CD. Check it out. Here are the two tracks I contributed – the first: a co-write with Tim Burstow, and the second a retune of Topolady’s Hymn: Download the Leadsheet Download the Sheetmusic

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New Songs – part 1b

New Songs – part 1b

Yesterday I posted a list of new songs I think we’ll start singing at International Worship sometime during the year. Basically, because I find it so difficult to narrow things down, I came up with a sneaky way of making the list look smaller, in that I also sent a couple of song suggestions to fit specific situations. Before I move on to the aforementioned […]

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New Songs – part 1

I wrote a few weeks back about choosing core song repertoire for congregational singing, and wrote that I might share my list… well, the music area leader at our church recently called for new song suggestions, so I thought I’d share what I put together as a list of new songs which I hope our International Worship team can draw from. The list is meant as a […]

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Church ‘core rep’

Church ‘core rep’

In opera, there are number of works which are considered ‘core’ repertoire, which are the mainstay of any opera house – pieces that most of the audience is familiar with, and which a theatre can put on fairly smoothly. As singers, we also talk about our core repertoire- those roles which are the ‘bread & butter’ of our careers, which we’ve learnt and will pull […]

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Liederabend

Liederabend

I have a Liederabend (song recital) in Karlsruhe tonight, with my Aussie colleague, Kate Tier and pianist John Parr. I’m singing Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, and a world premiere of three songs – settings of Walt Whitman – by Anno Schreier. Kate is singing Britten’s A Charm of Lullabies and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder (songs on the death of children).  

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The Echoing Word: Leeman on why & how Christians sing

The Echoing Word: Leeman on why & how Christians sing

Following on from my recent post on worship as a Word ministry, I thought I’d share this snippet from Jonathan Leeman’s excellent book Reverberation:  The Echoing Word Christians in our churches sing because their new hearts can’t help but echo the Word that has given them life. Whether those songs were written in the sixteenth century or today, they should echo Scripture. If there is […]

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Don Gibboni: Opera Apes

Don Gibboni: Opera Apes

Some people think Opera is just monkeying around on stage, and they may be right: The small apes use the same technique to project their songs through the forests of southeast Asia as top sopranos singing at the New York Metropolitan Opera or La Scala in Milan. I’m not going to say anything. I value my life. That was the conclusion of research by Japanese scientists […]

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