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Happy Mothers Day

March 6, 2016 — 54 Comments


🌸🌸Happy Mothering Sunday 🌸🌸

10am Sunday I’m in London with all my family, heading to the AESS English competition final with George Todica 🎹🎶

Songs My Mother Taught Me; a video share for Mothering Sunday.

 

My program for the competition was an ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ compilation of the ‘Down The Rabbit Hole monologue’ and between each of seven English Art songs quotes and prose from the book that I so loved from my childhood.

Lewis Carroll published the novel in November 1865, 150 years ago, the novel was illustrated by John Tenniel and is one of the finest examples of the nonsense literature genre. Carroll was the pen name of the Reverend Charles Dodgson, he was born in Daresbury, Cheshire just a few miles from where I grew up.

During my research I read that ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is the third most quoted book after the Bible and Shakespeare. I’ve read the book, watched movie adaptations, listened to audio-books and watched the wonderful ballet adaptation live from the Royal Opera House a couple of Christmas’ ago.

I had tremendous fun learning it, and my chosen English Art Songs and getting it to fit into a 20 minute coherent program.

George Todica accompanied me and I was so happy that he won an accompanist prize. I enjoyed listening to the prize winners, their programs were very similar in format to each other and were so well delivered that it must have been difficult to choose a winner.

Tonbridge school was a beautiful location to host the final and a big thank you to the organisers.

I am travelling back up to Scotland this evening as I have a packed couple of weeks ahead of me.

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Mother’s Day

March 15, 2015 — 68 Comments

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My Mum is rather splendid she is always telling me to “Make The Commitment To The Real You”.

I can count on her to pick me up when I am down, support me when I am busy and help me to land after flying high. Today in the UK it is Mother’s Day I want to thank her for being so special and to share with you some of the guidance that I am lucky enough to receive from her every day 🙂

This year I have had the opportunity to make decisions about my training and consider my options at each crossroads that I have encountered. It has been one of my busiest years so far with so much still to do, building towards a climatic end of year. But I know that I would not be able to stand on my two feet so confidently, smiling and excited for the tasks ahead without the amazing help of my Mum.

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There are many times when each of us needs the help of others, they help us to trust in ourselves and commit to the journey we are each on. At times when we question our abilities it is important to ask, or receive help through positive encouragement whether this is through reading inspirational quotes, listening to suggested Ted Talks, watching motivational videos or films about American sports stars (my dad’s personal favourite ). But for me I have my mum. She has always had my back and gives me strength daily to strive to be the person I want to be.

I remember talking to her about the changes to the development of my personal singing training and the frustrations I felt. My mum asked me to research the growth of a bamboo tree, and she sent me this amazing video:

If you can then I recommend that you to watch it in its entirety, or save it for a day when you need a little positive nudge.  For me, it reminds me that I have the power to fulfil my dream.  If I take the time now then over the next several years I can nurture myself, train hard to enable me to grow and flourish. It takes patience and persistence. I am up for the challenge and I thank my mum every day for encouraging me to take on each challenge, supporting me to achieve my goals and always being there for me every step of my journey.

But I ask you:

‘Are you up for the challenge, to commit to the real you?’

Time Marches On

March 26, 2014 — 50 Comments

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Gosh the month of March has disappeared fast and I can’t believe that it is April next week.  I have two lunch time recitals in the first week and here are the songs that I will be performing 🙂

‘Endless Pleasure, Endless Love’ is from Act 1 of Handel’s 1743 opera ‘Semele’ which was originally presented as an oratorio. Semele is the daughter of Cadmus, the King of Thebes and the story is based on a classical myth; she falls in love with the god Jupiter which ultimately results in her death.

‘Sweet Chance That Led My Steps Abroad’ is a beautiful art song by an English composer called Michael Head from ‘Songs of the Countryside’. A lovely, cheerful song of rainbows and cuckoo’s song.

‘Home’ from the musical Phantom by Maury Yeston is one of my favourite operetta style musical theatre songs. It was based on the 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera. The musical was first performed in Texas in 1991.

‘Gretchen am Spinnrade’ is a German Lieder composed by Schubert means Gretchen at the spinning wheel. It is a lament about lost love and starts: my peace is gone, my heart is heavy, I will find it never and never more. The poem was written by Goethe.

‘Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém’ (Song to the Moon) by Dvorak from Act 1 of Rusalka. Which you can read all about here.

‘Une Flute Invisible’ a French piece written for voice, flute and piano by Saint-Saens, I sing this with Elizabeth Lawton RCS on flute absolutely beautiful, romantic music. It begins: Come! An unseen flute, sighs among the orchards.

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70th-BirthdayIt’s my Grandad’s 70th birthday on Saturday 29th March, I learnt a couple of Shirley Bassey songs to sing for him and I took the opportunity to sing them at the Tideswell Male Voice Choir annual charity concert last year, which they held in the church next to their rehearsal rooms.  The concert was a mixture of show songs, audience favourites and I also got to sing a classical aria 🙂  I have uploaded ‘I Who Have Nothing’, which is a bit of a departure for me musically and the first time that I had performed it, I hope you enjoy it 🙂

 

 

Then on Sunday 30th March in the UK we celebrate Mothering Sunday or ‘Mother’s Day’ as we call it.  It is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent and went back to the days where children worked and those in service were allowed to all take this day off to go to church with their mothers.  I’ll post a photograph on facebook on Sunday to celebrate my ….. Mum xxx

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