Masterclass in recording techniques

Masterclass in recording techniques

I have been devising a masterclass for the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance students. It's an interactive class looking at recording great vocals and will be presented in their studio...

New CD released - Sounds Of The 60s

New CD released - Sounds Of The 60s

A recording has been made of the material from our 60s concert and it is sounding great! The orchestrations by Richard Balcombe really make these songs shine...

Those James Bond Theme songs - so great to sing!

Those James Bond Theme songs - so great to sing!

Last week I had the pleasure of performing the music of James Bond - Shaken And Stirred - with The Orchestra Of Opera North in Huddersfield Town Hall and it was electric...

Vocal and performance coaching

Vocal and performance coaching

I love to sing!! It is very rewarding when you can pass on some of your enthusiasm to a student - whether that person is 16 years of age just finding their way or 50+ wanting to rediscover their singing voice...

Rehearals with The Sheridan Ensemble in Berlin

Rehearals with The Sheridan Ensemble in Berlin

I spent a few days in Berlin this week preparing with The Sheridan Ensemble for concerts later in the year. The programme: Chaconna, Lamento and Walking Blues is full of wonderful and varied music from Monteverdi and Purcell to The Eagles and Percy Mayfield with instrumentation including theorbo, harpsichord and vibraphone alongside flute, violin and cello. This time we are adding a baroque guitar player, Steve Player, who is also a dancer! Very exciting!

Christmas...

Christmas...

I had a wonderful time with The CBSO, Graham Bickley, Maurice Clarke and Emma Kershaw singing a programme of the best Christmas songs!

West Australian Symphony Orchestra - Perth.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra - Perth.

After Tassie and a brief stop off in Melbourne it was on to Perth for concerts with WASO. This was my first visit to Perth and I was blessed with fabulous weather, a spectacularly good hotel and a brilliant couple of concerts...

A great week in Tassie!

A great week in Tassie!

Two fabulous concerts with The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and a masterclass - plus some lovely weather and super Tassie food - all in all a very satisfying week...

Best of Broadway - Royal Albert Hall

Best of Broadway - Royal Albert Hall

We had a wonderful response for our shows with the RPO last week. In the afternoon we performed for the Friendship Matinee before an enthusiastic audience...

Recording for film soundtracks

Recording for film soundtracks

I am lucky enough from time to time to join many other great singers at London's premier recording studios like Air Lyndhurst and Abbey Road to record movie soundtracks. This month has seen the release of...

Latin Quarter at The Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

Latin Quarter at The Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

I had the great pleasure this month of performing with the band Latin Quarter in one of the most lovely parts of the UK - Purbeck Valley, Dorset. I even got to play keyboards...!???

A varied month - studio, live, rehearsals and holidays

 

The last 4 weeks have included studio recordings for Disney and pop band Icarus, a Prom at The Royal Albert Hall, rehearsals for cabarets later in the year and for gigs with the rock band Latin Quarter - plus a few days holiday too! A few pics here just for a flavour

 

Review of 'A Crush On You' CD

Review of 'A Crush On You' CD

The CD 'A Crush On You' is a project that is very close to my heart. 15 fabulous Gershwin songs arranged wonderfully by my dear friend and long-time collaborator Philip Mayers for a string orchestra and piano. Here is a review...
 

A great night at Blenheim Palace!

Despite pouring down much of the afternoon the skies cleared and we had a clear, dry evening for the James Bond concert at Blenheim Palace last night...

Preparing for Bond

Preparing for Bond

Even though I have performed the James Bond themes many, many times I always like to revisit the original recordings and remind myself what it is that made each song special - why it was chosen to be the theme for one of the biggest movie franchises around....

CABARET IN MADRID

Philip Mayers and I had a fabulous trip to Madrid to the Fundación Juan March to present a Cabaret show focusing on Brecht and his musical universe.

APRIL - IN THE STUDIO

This month I'm busy with recording sessions for TV and film - and another new solo CD project which is very exciting. In mid April I join Graham Bickley, Alison Jiear and Abbie Osmon to record our 60s concert for release with the RPO.