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End Of Term

December 13, 2015 — 77 Comments
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Me and My Big Brother Matt

Goodness, this past week marks the last teaching week of 2015 for me, and with it I started to question the changes and decisions that I know I may encounter in the New Year. However, just for now, as I travel to London on the train for my last audition I am enjoying the moment and feeling full of the spirit of Christmas.  It makes me reflect on the things that I am grateful for, good health, awareness of myself and for this wonderful life that I am lucky enough to have. On a more immediate note I am also thankful to my parents for help with travel costs and my big brother for putting me up a couple of nights and for the Christmas treat that I know he is planning for me when my auditions are finally over, can’t wait 🙂

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Beth Taylor, Me and Susannah Bedford

Last week I had the joy to perform , alongside my friends and fellow RCS students, Handel’s ‘Dixit Dominus ‘ at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow. I have thoroughly enjoyed preparing this challenging work and the triumphant manner it has to stir up energy.

I’m looking forward to visiting home and my family at the start of next week, and taking some time to catch up on cuddles and kisses. I can’t wait! 🙂

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A Little Bit Of Research

However , there is no rest for the wicked, I have plenty of exciting new music to prepare such as my part in my 4th year opera scenes. I will be performing the part of ‘Fiordiligi’ from ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ in the Act 1 finale, which is a fun and marvellous scene full of drama. I will also be preparing for my performance of ‘Zerlina’ in Bowdon Festival opera’s performance of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ in a mix of English translation and Italian. A project that I’m very excited about.

But most important of all I want to wish you all a truly wonderful Christmas season and I hope that it brings you as much happiness as it has always brought for me.

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Dixit Dominus – Handel

October 11, 2015 — 57 Comments

As a member of the RCS Chamber Choir I will be taking part in the performance of Handel’s “Dixit Dominus” in a choral concert to be held at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow on the 8th December 2015.

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St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow

George Friedrich Handel was born in Germany in 1685 and after studying in Germany and Italy he eventually moved to England 1712 where he settled and lived happily eventually becoming a British subject in 1727.  Handel was considered a brilliant composer whose works covered a wide breadth of music genres such as operas, anthems, oratorios and organ concertos.

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George Friderich Handel

“Dixit Dominus” is a setting of the Latin text of the “Psalm 110” which Handel completed in April 1707 whilst living in Italy and under the patronage of the Colonna family who were a powerful and influential family in Italy at that time.

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Colonna Family Crest

The score was not published until 1867 over 100 years after his death.

Handel was accomplished at bringing both the voice and instrumentation together in his works, this piece is no different requiring five vocal soloists ( two sopranos, an alto, tenor and bass ) along with chorus and instrumentalists.

 

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Rehearsals In Full Swing

Our conductor for the ensemble is Timothy Dean Head of Opera  who is being assisted by James Slimings a fellow student.

We rehearse for two hours each Tuesday evening, initially we practised together but recently we have been split into two groups, male voices and female voices.  This helps us to work on the musical lines within our voice types before bringing it all back together as a single ensemble.

It is great to work with everyone on these projects as there are so many talented singers and musicians here at the Conservatoire.  I can’t wait to see how it all comes together over the coming weeks and should prove to be a fabulous evening for all those that can make it along to the performance.

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The image for the post was taken from a new Facebook header that Pascal Barnier very kindly created for me, based on this being the start of the final and fourth year of my undergraduate degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Lots happening I’ll keep you posted :).

 

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My-Garden

Just a quick update, as you can see our indoor garden is flourishing with the exception of the chives which I think we cut back a little too enthusiastically 🙂  So fingers crossed they will continue to thrive as we go into Winter.