In this strange period of ‘lockdown’ it is interesting to see how important music and the arts are now being viewed.
I hope that all my students and their families are well and avoiding this dreadful coronavirus.
It is however a time when we can find real enjoyment and comfort in our music. So, please take time on a regular basis to sing through the repertoire that you may have relegated to the back of the memory. Returning to earlier repertoire can be a good marker of progress and reminder of specific aspects of technique and interpretation. Also, it is a time to explore unfamiliar repertoire, and YouTube is a great resource. Take either your favourite composer or favourite singer and see what songs/arias have been recorded. So, there is no need to get bored with the songs you were studying when lessons had to be suspended!
Keep doing the basic warm-up exercises with real purpose – be aware of POSTURE, BREATHING, TONAL FOCUS/PLACING, and ARTICULATION. And, work in front of a mirror!!
Keep safe and well, and I look forward to when we can meet and work together.
Wishing all members and friends in the choirs and orchestras I conduct safety during this unprecedented time of being unable to make music together. It is a very difficult time for many of us who are freelance musicians with much of our income being ‘cut off’ due to cancellation of concerts and recitals. I am hoping that from September it will be possible for normal musical activity to resume.
I accompanied a number of exciting singers in recitals during February and early March, but the restrictions have put several other recitals in jeopardy: it remains to be seen whether the May and June recitals will take place.
Having adjudicated at the Mrs Sunderland Festival in Huddersfield, the other adjudicating engagements had to be cancelled.