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An aspiring classical singer at Trinity Laban hoping to learn enough theory, technique and tenacity to start up a career in this amazing industry...

So, that’s why I do this!

I think it’s important to take a step back from the informative side and just explain why we take on this journey to become a classical singer.

I remember when I first realised I could sing classically; I’d started singing lessons with a new teacher who was based at my first high school and she had me sing scales. I just kept going higher and higher until she stopped and left the room, she returned 5 minutes later with the Head of Music and his colleague and said, “Listen to this!” It was such a buzz being paraded around in this way, but even better that all this fuss was coming from me doing something that felt very natural. It didn’t stop there either, like pretty much every student at a music conservatoire, I was very much a big fish in a small pond. I won prizes in local music festivals, sang solos for local choral societies and made a name for myself at school for my musical ability. In short, my singing ensured I was praised by many and in turn it made me feel great.

So this is why we sing; it feels so good! Continue reading So, that’s why I do this!


So, how is my German?

The great thing about third year on our BMus course at Trinity Laban, is the introduction of language song classes. This is a class with a specialised tutor in a particular language, be it French song, German Lieder, Italian or in particular, Bel Canto.

I sang an Italian aria at the beginning of term and this week took part in a leider class, with the talented Richard Jackson.

I chose Richard Strauss’ Freundliche Vision, or Froy-nd-lee-ckhe Viz-ee-on, or A Welcome Vision. Continue reading So, how is my German?

So, what do you have for me?

One of the questions I dread being asked by both my vocal coach and singing teacher is just this, “what do you have for me?” or basically, “what songs are we going to work on today?” I really struggle to learn music, to the point that a particularly difficult aria can take up to a month before I can even sing the notes in vaguely the correct order. When I was younger, that wasn’t the case. I picked up melodies within a week and loved the notion of being handed new repertoire to learn. Perhaps the difference between then and now is that I don’t just have school work to do and maybe, more to the point, the repertoire I’m now being set is pretty difficult. Continue reading So, what do you have for me?

So, how do I get into your gang?

Last Wednesday, we were offered free tickets to see a recital given by two Jette Parker Young Artists, Rachel Kelly and Kiandra Howarth accompanied by David Gowland.

To put it all into context, the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme was set up by the Royal Opera House to provide promising singers who’ve graduated from a Music (on the whole) degree and are looking for a career in opera. It’s an arena for up to 16 participants to receive a tailored programme where they are fully integrated at the ROH and given their own roles as well as being understudy to some massive names. In short, it’s the dream; if you have the backing and expertise of the ROH, then you are sure to go on to great things and the Jette Parker alumni are testament to that! Continue reading So, how do I get into your gang?

So, where’s your banana and boots?

We Trinity Laban students were treated to a vocal master class this afternoon by the great Mr Roderick Williams.

He was such a charismatic, warm person keen to avoid talking about technique in too much detail with the lucky singers who took part, yet he had so many other interesting things to talk about. In particular, about how to get into character when singing an aria as a stand alone piece. It’s difficult to sing about how you’ll come back and haunt your brother once you’re dead, because he’s put you in prison because he thinks you were plotting against him with your lover (Piangero la sorte mia – Jiulio Cesare) in a concert environment, without all the context performing the aria as part of the opera would provide. Continue reading So, where’s your banana and boots?

So, what blogs me on?

The first thing you have to think about when starting a blog about a particular subject is, “Who else is writing about this and what can I learn from them?” So I did a bit of research and decided on two I really like:

Show me a Soprano in a pair of marigolds atop a piano and you’re showing me a Soprano after my own heart. As a married woman, keeping a home and a husband (guffaw) I know only too well the strains of balancing all of those responsibilities as well as the responsibility to my own art and development as an aspiring classical singer. Continue reading So, what blogs me on?