(Photographer credit: Jim Winslet)
It was such a privilege to have the opportunity to speak and sing to a marvellous crowd last night at the International Opera Awards Gala. I am so grateful to have had the support of this wonderful foundation, and so it meant a great deal to me to be able to speak about the ways their support has changed my life. We were also dazzled by some incredible performances by Bryan Hymel and Irini Kyriakidou! A huge thank you as always, to my friends at Catherine Walker, who dressed me for the event.
(Photographer credit: Jim Winslet)
I was so delighted to be featured as the Frontispiece for the current issue of Country Life Magazine, photographed by Richard Cannon, make-up by Fiona Fletcher, and dressed by my gorgeous dress sponsors, Catherine Walker. A huge thank you is in order to a number of wonderful people, namely Tim Hardy for arranging the beautiful Leighton House Museum as our venue, to Rosie Paterson and Lucy Ford from Country Life, and of course Iris Bond, Sarah Hyman, Fiona Hamilton, The International Opera Awards, and Michael Volpe, for all enabling this shoot to happen. I am continually grateful to Catherine Walker for their generosity, and I was particularly honoured to wear this vintage rose dress from their museum collection.
What an incredible journey it has been this summer... I have learnt such a great deal and emerged with so many new friends from around the world!
Delighted to be featured in this documentary by CCTV, detailing our time in China this summer. Also many thanks to Rick Perdian for his review of our final concert in 'Seen and Heard International'!
It has been an absolute whirlwind first week of rehearsals, coachings, meetings, press conferences, and excellent meals here in Suzhou! Looking forward to our first concert at Suzhou Grand Theatre on July 20th.
Over this past month I have grown artistically in ways I could not possibly have imagined. I have had such a formative experience at Songfest, and have been completely honoured to work with world-famous singers, pianists, composers, and directors. Amongst them are Sanford Sylvan, Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, Jake Heggie (pictured above, along with my wonderful collaborator, Erika Tazawa), and the incredible Peter Sellars. The LA Times wrote a lovely piece about our experience, which can be found here. A huge thank you to Songfest, and to my sponsors who made this experience possible.
I was delighted to learn that I have been granted a Career Development Bursary from Help Musicians UK (formerly known as the Musicians' Benevolent Fund). This grant will support my upcoming studies in China, as part of the iSING! International Artists Festival, in July and August of this year. I am also very much looking forward to writing a blog about my experiences in China, for the Help Musicians UK website! More information about the bursary scheme and other winners can be found here.
I am delighted to be included amongst the ranks of these excellent Young Artists, hailing from 20 countries across the world! Very much looking forward to my time in China this summer.
Last night I was lucky enough not only to dine as a guest at Lancaster House, but I was also fortunate enough to premiere a brand new trio by Paul Fincham! I was joined by colleagues Hannah Quinn (piano) and Julia Astrid Wagner (cello) to perform 'Das Ewig Weibliche' for the International Opera Awards Gala. It was a stunning evening of wine and music compered by world-famous tenor, Stuart Skelton, and the auction (hosted by Lord Jeffery Archer) raised thousands of pounds for the International Opera Awards Foundation. My gown was very graciously provided by Catherine Walker Couture.
I was delighted to learn this week that I have been awarded a full scholarship to participate in Songfest 2016. This is going to be an experience like no other, allowing me a month of focused learning, specifically on art song repertoire. I will be lucky enough to work on a daily basis in coachings and masterclasses with world-renowned musicians, such as Jake Heggie, Susanne Mentzer, Sanford Sylvan, Peter Sellars, Roger Vignoles, and many more!
I had such an amazing time this week in my hometown of Brighton! This was my first performance in the Mandarin language, ahead of my travels to China this summer, and I am so grateful to the Chinese community of Brighton for giving me such a warm welcome. Special thanks to Dr. Hong Lu OBE and the CEDP Chinese Centre. Press release included here.