Transpositions

Transpositions

Just a quick plug for my piece on Haydn’s Creation being featured at Transpositions today (a great blog for anyone interested in faith and the arts):  Read it here.

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Meaning & memorisation

Meaning & memorisation

I’m often asked if I know what I’m singing about when I sing in a foreign language. To be honest, I think that almost every singer could point to a time  in a vocal workshop or masterclass when, asked what a particular word or phrase meant, they rising red embrassment of not knowing hit. My teacher once told me about being torn to shreds by […]

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Performance day distractions

Performance day distractions

The day of a big* performance can be weird. The entire day is spent with the knowledge of the impending occasion, and it can be difficult sometimes to know how to spend such a day. On the one hand, I want to focus, and on the other, I want to distract myself so I don’t get to nervous; and distract myself how? Something not overly strenuous. […]

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Applause Catch-22

Applause Catch-22

Following on from yesterday’s post about revivals, and having to be prepared for the unexpected, I’m reminded of an issue that is pertinent for any performance: applause. It’s pretty well impossible to judge how an audience is going to react, and where they might or might not applaud, at least in Mozart; perhaps it’s a bit more predictable in romantic works after a stonking great […]

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Revival fun

Revival fun

In German theaters, a Wiederaufnahme (W.A.) is when a production an older, existing production is revived. Because the they know the productions ‘works’, the rehearsal period is considerably shorter than it would be for a new production, and is altogether a rather different experience. While is some regards it can be less satisfying, being shoe-horned into something, rather than being involved in creating it yourself, the process […]

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Worship is formative

Worship is formative

Following yesterday’s post about worship forging identity, Bruce Benedict pointed me in the direction of James K.A. Smith, who recently wrote: Worship is not only expressive, it is also formative. It is not only how we express our devotion to God, it is also how the Spirit shapes and forms us to bear God’s image to the world. This is why the form of worship needs to be […]

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Forging identity through sung worship

Forging identity through sung worship

In the opening chapter of  Resounding Truth, Jeremy Begbie challenges the uncritical adoption of the common idea of “expresivism” in worship music (p38): that music is fundamentally an outward expression of one’s inner life, usually one’s emotional life, and that the main value of music in worship is to give vent to inner feeling, albeit under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Songs are the […]

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Legalism vs Discipline

Legalism vs Discipline

I don’t always enjoy vocal warm-ups and technical exercises; it’s tempting to skip them. I find note-punching tiring, memorisation arduous, and I really don’t care for physical exercise, but these things are necessary because I do love to sing, perform and embody characters*. If I want to credibly perform a role, I need to be on top of it both physically and vocally which takes exercise […]

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Leaping Rossini! It’s Barbiere…

Leaping Rossini! It’s Barbiere…

Google’s doodle today celebrates the great leap-yearian Rossini: Love it! What better day to pull out the old Bugs Bunny classic as well:

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The singing shopper

The singing shopper

My friend and fellow baritone Gary Griffiths took this video in his local Sainsbury’s  the other day. Brilliant stuff.

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A visual guide to composing arias

A visual guide to composing arias
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What singers think about when they sing

What singers think about when they sing

My teacher sent me this a while back… (and yes, I am a baritone!)

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