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So, two become three…

Well, today I write my most exciting blog ever; Mark and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting a little bundle of Baldwin joy on 5th June 2015!

The decision around when to become a Mother when training to be a classical singer is not an easy one and comes down to one little question…

Do you want to be a Mum? Continue reading So, two become three…

So, now the end is near…

Being set the challenge of writing a blog for our Engaging Audiences module this year seemed like a bit of a hassle when it was set in September, but now I’ve got into it a bit, I’m faced with the question of whether or not to carry on despite the assignment being due tomorrow. I think I will! It’s really helped me to look at my journey while I’m training to become a classical singer and I’ve become a lot more accountable for my experiences so I don’t intend to stop there.

However, as my last “assessed” post, I thought I would wish you all, including you my amazingly talented and wonderful Engaging Audiences assessor (can’t hurt right?), a very wonderful Christmas and the happiest of New Years!

Here’s a little Christmas song to help the occasion along, I sang Slumber Song to the Madonna by Michael Head at a recent Charity concert in Mile End. It is Mary singing to baby Jesus as she tries to settle him to sleep, as I said to the audience, “even the Virgin Mary needs her sleep!”

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, 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.

http://www.ingpen.co.uk/artist/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:

http://www.juliettepochin.co.uk/blog/

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?