A Week To Remember

January 21, 2018 — 80 Comments

It has been fabulous this week to perform in three separate events which were the culmination of several weeks of hard work and preparation.

On Wednesday afternoon I sang and gave a tribute to Gary Waller’s memorial service at St Stephen’s Church, Westminster, it was a beautiful and touching ceremony. As a friend of Gary it was lovely to see so many lovely people gather to remember and speak fondly about his lifelong achievements, passion for music and support for his colleagues in politics. It was also a pleasure to perform alongside the talented pianist Waka Hasegawa, and I hope that we find the opportunity to work together again in the future.

After meeting some of Gary’s family and sharing memories with them, I then traveled to the Lancaster Hall Hotel in order to prepare for the evening concert. Soon after I arrived, I had a rehearsal with Dr. Leslie Howard, he is the very talented and renowned pianist who specialises in music composed by Franz Liszt and I believe is the only pianist to have recorded all of Franz Liszt’s music for solo piano, which in itself is a huge achievement. The event began at 6:30pm and it was so lovely to perform alongside the talented Michelle Alexander, Andrew Yiangou, Dr. Leslie Howard, Simon Wallfisch, and Nigel Foster. We each represented a different music society, Wagner, Alkan, Mahler, Liszt, and Schubert. I represented the Gustav Mahler Society and really enjoyed telling the stories within the poetry and making music with Dr. Howard. The songs are truly beautiful and delicate and it was a great challenge to work on them. I look forward to performing them again. After the performance, we were invited to join the societies members for a meal and relax in each other’s company. At the end of the recital, we were presented with a gift of London Honey, which is a tradition of the event and one that I appreciated as locally sourced honey is a boon to a singer.

Me With Catherine

A Big Thank You To Catherine Who Helped Organise The Event

The Cast For The scenes

The Whole Cast Of Our Opera Scenes

A few days later, I presented my opera scene along with my accomplished colleagues at the Royal College of Music. On Friday we had a technical rehearsal at 10:00 am, which involves plotting the lights, practicing the scene in Costume and using any props/scenery. It was very useful especially because my costume isn’t usual daily attire, I had to practice moving, kneeling and hearing with my full habit on. It was very interesting and added another layer to the drama. At 14:15 we had a dress rehearsal in front of a few friends and teachers. Then we opened to the audience at 17:30. I performed alongside Glen Cunningham, who some of you may recognise from previous projects I have done with Scottish Opera Education. It was wonderful to work together again and build on our relationship on stage. It was also a great opportunity to be on stage with Davidona Pittock who I went to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with, she was Mother Marie.

Blanche De La Court

Glen and Me On Stage In Our Scene From Dialogues des Carmélites

Photo credit of Stage scene provided by Laura Pearse who also designed and selected the costumes for this year’s scenes, thanks, Laura.

Davidona Glen and Me

Davidona, Glen, and Me backstage

80 responses to A Week To Remember

  1. 

    What a week indeed. Congratulations.

  2. 

    What a grand time you are having. So much to do and your energy seems to be at an all time high! ❤

  3. 

    i can only imagine what fun and satisfaction you are getting from this delightful endeavor!

  4. 

    I am sorry that one of the events was because of the loss of your friend, but it is a great way to remember him. A week to remember indeed!

  5. 

    Charlotte, you have been one very busy lady. Wonderful work! What will you be working on next? No Flu bug, please. It has hit very hard around here. Stay well!!!

  6. 

    You look amazing in the opera – the photo of you and Glen performing together is especially vivid. Alas that we cannot hear you through the photos!
    Get well soon!

  7. 

    Well done you! But be careful of that ‘cold’: I’m still shaking mine off from before Xmas.

  8. 

    Your joy flowed from this post. I am so happy you enjoyed a varied and full week. x

  9. 

    Charlotte, what a busy week you have had, I’m pleased you have enjoyed it.
    I hope your feeling better soon.xx

  10. 

    It sounds so busy, and I love seeing the radiant photos of you and others–that usually means great performances! Thanks for the reminder to me as a stage manager about the HEARING aspect of costumes and props in any show involving singing especially–I’m glad it all went so well, and I hope you drink tons of water and feel well ASAP.

    • 

      I tried to borrow the head veil for rehearsals but the lovely costume lady couldn’t let any of the costumes out before final rehearsal so she suggested using a headscarf to practice in. Luckily for me, Pascal Barnier had made me a snood and scarf which did the trick, I was the most colourful nun ever in rehearsals!
      Lots of water, herbal tea, honey and lemon drinks, everything I can think of hehe. Chewing liquorice root, you name it if someone suggests a cure for me I’m trying it. I even chewed a garlic clove! I don’t think I’ll be repeating that one.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      • 

        I am glad you got to practice in something similar enough to give you feel in your body as you rehearsed. Apple cider vinegar and honey, although that is more for preventing reflux and throat damage…? There are many things and I am sure your crowd knows everything likely to help–best wishes.

  11. 

    Congratulations, Charlotte. It’s lovely to see you so happy and passionate about your career. Bless you. 💙💛💜

    • 

      Thank you for your blessings. Apparently, I was told the light was shining in through the window putting me in the spotlight whilst singing during the memorial I’d like to think that was Gary lighting up the stage for me.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  12. 

    So sad about Gary but I believe you did him proud. You look as though you really enjoyed your opera scene, I managed to see you rehearsal and it moved me to tears and I don’t cry easily as you know! Well done 😘 look after yourself and rest to help get over your cold😘

  13. 

    I mean moved me to tears🙄

  14. 

    Wonderful … but PLEASE … rest and heal now! You deserve it 🙂

    • 

      Thanks Cheryl, only ventured out to visit the Doctor, one of my friends has tonsillitis and this cough has kept me awake for two nights now. Says it’s viral so there’s nothing to take other than what I am! So slothing around in bed 🛏 reading it is 👩🏼‍💻.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  15. 

    The picture of you and Glen on stage is wonderful. It looks like you had a great performance.

  16. 

    What a busy and incredible week you have had, Charlotte! You are an amazing performer. You not only have to be a wonderful singer but you also have to be an accomplished actress to make your performances come alive. Thank you for sharing the lovely photos. May you have many more wonderful experiences and performances. Hugs xx

  17. 

    Dear Charlotte,
    It was indeed a week to remember all the three events you performed in. May the Lord bless you richly my Beloved.

  18. 

    Just reading all that makes me want to take a little lie-down! Don’t you sometimes long for a couple of boring days?

    • 

      No choice, I’ve been stuck in for two days with another couple of days staying in resting, bored, bored, bored couldn’t even be bothered to read. Bought the most foul cough mixture – I think my Mums having a laugh recommending this one!
      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  19. 

    Both a sweet and sad event, Charlotte, but I’m happy for your success.

  20. 

    I hope you feel better soon, Charlotte! Take care of your cold and coddle yourself for a bit–you deserve it. Your costume was lovely, and so was that burgundy dress of yours! You have really phenomenal taste when it comes to what suits your style.

    See you soon,

    Cate

    • 

      My friends Esme and Katy have been very poorly and I believe some people are struggling on with their coughs for weeks but I feel like I’m on the mend now. The lovely Alex brought me a bag full of essential items mid-week as he knew I didn’t feel up to going shopping.
      I’d like to take full credit for my outfit but my Mum discovered it and she bought me the burgundy and floral one for Christmas. However, I did spend my Christmas Present money on a matching coat and hat in the Sales.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  21. 

    Bravo, agréable à lire et à voir que tu continues à aimer apprendre de nouvelles choses! Très fière de toi Charlotte, et fière d’être amie avec une jeune femme talentueuse et gentille comme toi! félicitations Mlle Rainbow voix!

    • 

      Merci ç’est tellement gentil de ton part de le dire et merci pour ton aide avec mes phrases en français.
      Meilleur vieux
      Charlotte

      • 

        Avec plaisir Charlotte – alors ta part (part =à toi=ta partie, une part de gâteau = a piece of cake –
        Voeux = Wishes …. vieux= old 🙂 …

        Yes, french is strange part, feminine = ta part and aide, féminine but ton aide is correct. because we not use “a” and “a” so, ton aide, ton action, ton année ……
        not “a” and ” e,é,è,ê ” too…. ton école, it’s the same with all vowels … even with “h” in front : ton habitation (ta maison) …..
        A bientôt 🙂

  22. 

    I don’t get to attend operas so I love the photos of you and the other performers in costume! I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  23. 

    Beautiful feature and… it seems you are happily busy doing what you love the most. How great is that. I love the photographs dear Charlotte. ❤ Sending love & best wishes!

  24. 

    I am sorry you have succumbed to the awful cold that is doing the rounds – get well soon! I am so pleased your performances went so well – your photos are lovely! Best wishes, Clare xx

    • 

      Thank you, Clare, the cold wiped me out for a couple of days, friends have tonsillitis and one thought she was dying the week before so I’m annoyed I succumbed – too busy for bed although I did start listening to new music and towards the end of the week caught up on lots of typing. Not being able to sing is like a punishment.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  25. 

    A busy week and congrats and all your opportunities to perform. You make way too pretty a nun!

  26. 

    Congratulations on such a great week 🙂

  27. 

    Such a sad and yet exciting week. Too bad you are sick. Lots of honey and hot water, now.
    Your Mum buying foul tasting medicine reminds me of when we were sick, Dad would put some sugar in a cup of hot water and then add horse lineament, the same kind you rubbed on a horse’s leg if it was limping. We got over the cold in a hurry. I think the reason wasn’t the tonic but the fact we willed ourselves well so we wouldn’t have to drink any more of Dad’s remedy.

    • 

      Where do you get this linament from? hehe. I was very fortunate to be given a bottle of London honey from my concert it came in most helpful. This cough mixture I bought tastes like I expect smoking tastes eugh.
      Best wishes Don,
      Charlotte

  28. 

    How did you like wearing the habit? Hope it wasn’t too scratchy. One of my friends is a Catholic nun. She entered her Order long after habits were no longer required, but does have the veil in her dresser. Donna had asked one of the older sisters what it was like wearing a habit in those days … “not too comfortable on hot summer days, or when you were sick.” 🙂

    • 

      I thought wearing the habit was good for character awareness and I’m glad I had my hair covered up because then there’s no faffing about. It was soft cotton so it wasn’t scratchy but I only had to wear it for the duration of the scene so I could take it off quite quickly.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  29. 

    Busy, busy, this all sounds wonderful, I am a great Poulenc fan, and have this wonderful opera in my collection, and have studied the play on which it was based.

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