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2nd Anniversary

March 18, 2015 — 125 Comments

2nd-Anniversary-Blog

It has been two years since I first decided to start my blog and record the experiences and opportunities that I would face as a student here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. So here I am 230 posts later and to everyone that has joined me here, supported my endeavours, shared in my experiences and provided invaluable advice I just want to say thank you.

I just love this time of year as all the rehearsals are coming to fruition and the performance dates are just around the corner.
On the 17th April at 7:30 pm I will be taking part with my fellow students at the RCS in our chamber choir, conducted again this year by Frikki Walker at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow.

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The following day I am very excited that my family and friends will be traveling to Glasgow to see me take part in the Scottish Opera Connect production of Jonathan Dove’s opera “The Walk From The Garden”. This will be my first lead role playing Eve alongside a fellow student from the RCS, Glen Cunningham who will be performing the role of Adam. The dates of the performances are 18th April 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm and 19th April at 3:30 pm. This opera is part of a double bill, the second production is “Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow” which was inspired by “The Cautionary Tales” by Hilaire Belloc.

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As a member of Les Sirenes Female Chamber choir we have been working on Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for a performance with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 14th May at the City Halls Glasgow.

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Sir John In Love – RCS Glasgow

Then as the end of the academic year draws to a close I will be performing as a member of the chorus in the RCS production of Vaughan Williams’s opera “Sir John In Love”. With shows on the 9th, 11th, 13th and 15th May starting at 7:15 pm.

Back on the 30th January 2014 I participated in a concert celebrating music from different cultures. It was part of the Celtic Connections series of concerts and we performed alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, students form the Chennai Conservatory and AR Rahman himself.  I found some photographs taken by Saravanan Elayappan on his Facebook page and wanted to share them with you.

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We had a great time with the students who came from the Chennai Conservatory who recently celebrated the Hindu festival Holi, the festival of colour which takes part in spring each year. You can read more about this festival on my blog friend Gaurab’s blog

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In a reciprocal arrangement and as part of an Indian tour the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will visit Chennai on the Saturday 29th March 2014 to perform in a concert featuring 20 students from the RCS, violinist Nicola Benedetti and composer James MacMillan. Nicola Benedetti is an accomplished violinist who in 2012 won the  Best Female Artist at the 2012 Classical BRIT Awards. James MacMillan is a Scottish composer whose music is said to combine “rhythmic excitement, raw emotional power and spiritual meditation”.

( update by the 25th March the event sold out )

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Violinist Nicola Benedetti

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Performing with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Chamber Choir at Paisley Abbey last night was a fabulous experience. The music was inspiring and the audience, who were magnificent, kept the energy of pieces flowing throughout the evening. The organ was a beautiful imposing instrument which created truly delicate phrases against powerful forte chordal passages. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and hope that those of you that were in the audience did so too.

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Me and Chelsea

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Alex, Jess, Me, Susannah, Inkeri and Davidona.

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Davidona, Katie, Claire, Jess, Me and Alex

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During the concert in Paisley Abbey