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L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Berlin, 2018

August 18, 2018

I am currently working on Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Berlin Opera Academy where I will be conducting the Matinee performance from the harpsichord on 20th August at 2pm. Rehearsals for this unique and endlessly inspiring opera have been a brilliant experience and I look forward to performing it in a wonderful Berlin venue; the Ehemaliges Stummflimkino Delphi Theatre, an old silent movie theatre. For more information and tickets please follow this link: https://opernfest.com/?_ga=2.147012407.1617362952.1534705676-894569658.1534705676#ticket

Solti Accademia Spring 2018

April 14, 2018

This April I had the privilege of going to beautiful Venice for 10 days as part of the Solti-Peretti Repetiteur Course. It was an absolutely invaluable experience where I worked with wonderful fellow young repetiteurs and learned from fantastic coaches, including Johnathan Papp, Pamela Bullock, James Vaughn, Anette Saunders and Richard Bonyge. It was also wonderful to meet Lady Solti. The ten days encompassed coaching singers, repertoire coachings, Italian language classes and arranging. The final concert included an arrangement of the overture to Wagner's Die Walküre for five pianos, arias with singers and Act I finale of Cosi Fan Tutte arranged for two pianos and conducted by the repetiteurs. 

Working on wonderful music on the Island of San Giorgio with amazing colleagues was an experience I'll never forget!

Voices of Memory, Concert at Pushkin House

October 08, 2017

I am excited to be playing in the premiere concert of a fantastic new music series created by my two friends and wonderful singers, Patricia Auchterlonie and Mimi Doulton. 

The concert will take place in the historic Pushkin House on Monday 9th October at 7pm and will feature incredible works by Prokofiev, Firsova and a world premiere of a composition by Johnathan Higgins. 

More information and tickets can be purchased here: https://www.2021concerts.co.uk/calendar

Upcoming St Andrews Fundraising Concert

August 31, 2017

On Friday the 1st of September I will be joined by Scottish musicians Rachael Liddell, mezzo-soprano and Joanna Stark, Cello for a fundraising concert in aid of the Euan MacDonald Foundation. This charity helps fund the research department at the University of Edinburgh and is one of the only charities that is focusing on finding a cure for this debilitating disease. More information can be found here: http://www.euanmacdonaldcentre.com/

Joanna and I will be performing a selection featuring Schumann's Adagio and Allegro, Saint-Saëns' Allegro Appasionato whilst Racheal will be singing works by Poulenc, Hahn, Clara Schumann, Mozart, Handel and James MacMillan. I will also be playing solo works by Grieg, inspired by my travels to Bergen last summer.

The concert is at 7pm in Kilrymont School & Community Centre in St Andrews.

Sibelius Songs at the Barbican

September 28, 2016

On Sunday evening (25th September) I was honored to play at the Barbican Concert Hall in the Pre-LSO Guildhall Platforms. Mezzo-Soprano, Chloe Latchmore and I presented 5 songs of Jean Sibelius, op. 37 before the LSO performed Sibelius' beautiful violin concerto with soloist Nikolaj Znaider.

It was a wonderful experience and introduction to the songs of Sibelius which I will be playing again in the future.

Summer Lied Studio

August 16, 2016

Home after a fantastic week in Stratford-upon-Avon studying German Lied with Gary Matthewman, Joan Rogers and Cordula Kempe and my lovely duo partner Mimi Doulton. We performed a selection of works by Schumann and Brahms and learned a great deal, looking forward to performing the whole of Schumann's Liederkreis Op.39 in the winter!

New Blog Post!

August 01, 2016

Click here to read my first blog post about my recent visit to Grieg's home in Norway, Troldhaugen! 

A Day at Troldhaugen

Music for Messiaen Fundraising Concert

July 22, 2016

After an intense 2 days recording it was wonderful to get to perform the repertoire and more at a fundraising concert in St Andrews on the 23rd of July. Works ranged from Ravel's Cinq Melodies Populaires Greques to Britten Folksongs and opera arias, all mixed in with some Messiaen of course! For more information on how to support us in releasing the recording, please visit: stamessiaen.weebly.com.

Messiaen Recording

July 19, 2016

This week is the recording of vocal and chamber works by Olivier Messiaen, an exciting project which began in February of last year! 

Today I will be recording Messian's Theme and Variations for Violin and Piano alongside the wonderful Maebh Martin, and Thursday and Friday will see recordings of La Mort du Nombre and the Vocalise Etude. 

The recording will culminate in an exciting concert on Saturday (23rd) evening at 7.30pm in St Salvadors Chapel to raise funds for the release of the record. For more information follow the link below.

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November 12, 2016

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Liederkreis Op.39                                           Robert Schumann (1810-1856)...

July 28, 2016

After a busy week of Messiaen recording and concerts I am currently on a little holiday to Bergen, Norway, which happens to be the birthplace of Norway's most beloved and revered composer; Edvard Grieg. 

My first piano teacher greatly admired Grieg, I think it was his s...

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