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Last night at the gala fundraising evening hosted by Bowdon Festival Opera I had a fabulous time catching up with friends, spending time with my family and performing alongside a group of singers brought together for the event from around the UK and Ireland.

To open the evening’s performance, I was accompanied by the festival chorus and performed two of Gretel’s arias from Englebert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”: Ein Männlein steht im Walde and Abendsegen (Evening Prayer).

It was great fun to perform these arias again especially with the chorus providing an English translation of ‘The Evening Prayer’. In a packed program I also enjoyed performing in the second half of the evening along with vocalists singing excerpts from Dido and Aeneas; Macbeth; Don Giovanni and many more.

The evening was a great success and I am so pleased that I could play a part in it.  It’s so expensive to put on an opera production that without the support provided by these fundraisers it would be impossible to do, so I must pass on a big thank you to everyone that came along and especially to all the people who organised the evening. As Jayne explained during her final speech, many festivals and music groups don’t get the financial support from Lottery funds or Art Grants so it was great to see the local community support the event, it was also wonderful to see so many new students participating in the evening and the progress they are making.

Today after a few hours with my Mum and Dad I have the long drive back up to Glasgow, so I can only manage a short post tonight. Thank goodness the clocks went back last night and I gained an extra hour.

October Concert

October 4, 2015 — 57 Comments

One thing that I have learnt over the past three years as a performance student is the importance of keeping a diary 🙂    I work hard to try and stay organised as we have to juggle our studies with performance opportunities.  Some we take part in through College and some we find ourselves externally, they are such an important part of our development as they provide us with the chance to connect with an audience.

Last June I was asked by my old singing teacher, Jayne Wilson who taught me at high school to take part in a production of “Madama Butterfly” for Bowdon Festival Opera.  I had a fantastic time with everyone involved and was thrilled to be invited back to take part in their production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” next year.  I have been asked to take on the role of Zerlina which is a fabulous way for me to start summer 2016.


To help raise the money needed by  the organisers to put on the production they will be holding a gala fundraiser on Saturday 24th October and I will be joining other soloists to provide an enchanting evening of opera arias.  I will be performing arias from “Hansel and Gretel” from the role that I performed whilst in Italy this summer.

I am looking forward to the evening as I get to sing alongside some brilliant performers and as a bonus I get to spend the weekend with my Mum and Dad 🙂

A quick link to my blog post about Zerlina’s aria



I was excited as the time approached for the evening’s performance, outside the church I could hear the gentle chatter of the audience as they started to arrive on what was a beautiful summer evening.

The lights dimmed and then the performance began.  It was a lovely venue to perform in and to see such a large audience made the evening even more special.

The instrumental accompaniment was provided by members of the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tom Newall and the beautiful melodies composed by Puccini and played by these gifted musicians filled the evening air.


The evening progressed and the cast brought the characters to life as the story of Madama Butterfly unfolded to the delight of an enthusiastic audience.


Following the dramatic final scene as Butterfly lay dying and Sharpless carried off Butterfly’s child the lights dimmed and audience rose to show their appreciation.  It was a wonderful evening and Bowdon Festival should be proud of their achievement in producing this beautiful opera and I was thrilled to be a part of it.


Me With Jayne Wilson After The Performance

Then this afternoon I was back on the train to Glasgow to spend a few days there before travelling back to Manchester for the Greater Manchester Chief Constable’s Charity Ball on Friday 3rd July.  Then on Sunday I am off to Italy for 5 weeks on an opera summer school.  The school is to take place in a small town called Fiera di Primiero in Trentino region of Italy.


Fiera di Primiero, Italy

I will be with a group of students that have been selected from all over the world to take part in a series of workshops and master-classes culminating with the performances of several operas during the local music festival.  I hope to build on my experiences from this year and to both develop existing skills and learn new ones.