Returning to Dublin - what a joy!

Returning to Dublin - what a joy!

 

I made the trip to Dublin for a concert with the RTE Concert Orchestra on August 19th and it was wonderful to be back in the city and see so many musicians that I have known for so many years! As ever the city and it's hospitality was evident and the generosity of the audiences is something very special - especially in the National Concert Hall! I was lucky enough to stay in the Conrad right across the road form the hall and they treated us wonderfully well after the show!! I am looking forward to returning in 2018!

 

Vocal Coach in residence - Voice Council magazine

For the month of August I have been invited to be vocal coach in residence for the Voice Council magazine - so watch out for articles and other related content on the magazine's website...

Wonderful festival: Voices-Holzhausen

Wonderful festival: Voices-Holzhausen

Sheridan Ensemble and their programme "Chaconne Lamento and Walking Blues" was a great success at the Voices Festival in Holzhausen...

Coaching Cole Porter in Prague

Coaching Cole Porter in Prague

I am really looking forward to working as a language coach in Prague on a CD of Cole Porter songs with a wonderful soprano and a great ensemble...

Weimar Cabaret at UCL

Weimar Cabaret at UCL

Mary joined Stefan Bednarcyzk and Dale Rapely for a Weimar Cabaret as part of 'Culture and the Third Reich' a weekend of events at UCL on April 8th and 9th...

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...