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Mahler And Me

June 1, 2014 — 39 Comments

When members of the RCS choir were approached to take part in the season finale of the RSNO (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ I knew that the experience was going to be amazing.  When these opportunities cross your path it is always best to grasp them tightly with both hands and enjoy every second of them.

The rehearsals took place every Wednesday 7:30-10pm at the RSNO centre in Glasgow. When the rehearsals first started earlier this year I would step out of the murky Glasgow evening into the converted church venue to find myself immersed in the most beautiful of music, I immediately knew that this was going to be a truly exhilarating experience.


Inside the RSNO Centre

For each rehearsal the magnificently organised Christine Walker would have a seating plan set up and every chair perfectly positioned which made my life as chorus member of a large ensemble so much easier and I’m very grateful to her 🙂


Christine Walker

The RSNO chorus were extremely friendly and welcoming of all the members from the RCS, it was a pleasure to work with them and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to be part of their ensemble again should they ever need to boost their numbers for another production.  I would especially like to thank Heather Keating, a member of the RSNO chorus who provided me with chocolate which gave me real boost during rehearsals.


During the rehearsals in Glasgow – photo taken by Stephen Fyfe

However the music truly came alive at the final rehearsals with the orchestra and the soloists at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.   During these final rehearsals I really got to experience what I was about to be a part of, the sheer scale of the production and the intricacy needed to bring it all together was just stunning. There were 252 choral singers, 8 soloists and the full RSNO orchestra.

The final night arrived, our performance at Usher Hall in Edinburgh the previous night had left me on a natural high and when I arrived at the concert hall in Glasgow I was still buzzing.

The concert started and when the chorus was combined with the huge orchestra and the children’s choir the sound exploded in the concert hall around us. It was such an amazing feeling and it set my love for music on fire! I knew in that instant this is definitely the life for me. I would love to sing the Soprano 1 part one day!


Glasgow Concert Hall – The Final Night

The only downside to the event was that I missed my baby brother’s 18th birthday 🙁 I had to join in on FaceTime on my computer.


Me, my brother Matt with Tom who is the baby of the family.



Here Is a Throw Back Hug For You Tom


Just To Prove That I Was Taller Than Him Once

10 Days And Counting

April 30, 2014 — 53 Comments

RCS La Rondine Poster

I can only manage a short post tonight but I am having a fabulous time in rehearsals for both “La Rondine” and “Mahler Symphony No 8 – Symphony Of A Thousand”.  The only problem is that I have used up my 3G allowance and it is really difficult to keep in contact with everyone when I’m not in a free wifi area or at home, which hasn’t been very often 🙂 .

This will be my first time on stage in the chorus of an opera and I am so excited about being involved.  I have only been involved with the RCS tech support helping out with the surtitles.

There are still some tickets left here if you are quick 🙂


Here is a selfie that I took this afternoon today in the dressing rooms for “La Rondine”, I just love my outfit but it is still under wraps 🙂


Then tonight I was in rehearsals with the RSNO as part of the RCS choir that will be joining them for their season finale which promises to be a fantastic evening for those that manage to get tickets.

Here are some of my upcoming events for this Summer 2014, I will post further details about them as we get closer to the dates:

La Rondine Chorus at RCS Glasgow 10, 12, 13 and 15th May ( 7:15 pm )
The Highgate Singing Competition at RCS Glasgow 15th May ( 10:00 am )
RCS Choir with RSNO, RSNO Chorus and Jnr Chorus at Edinburgh Usher Hall 30th May ( 7:30 pm )
RCS Choir  Glasgow City Hall, Glasgow 31st May ( 7:30 pm )

Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir ‘Songs of the Four Seasons’ 6th June

Lunchtime Recital with Russell Lomas in Rochdale 2nd July
Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod Competition Vocal Solo Over 18’s 9th July
Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod Competition Voice Of The Future 10th July

Tideswell Male Voice Choir and guest soloists at Gawsworth Hall Manor House, Macclesfield 10th Aug.


Gawsworth Hall 2013