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This week I had the pleasure of performing at the Britten Theatre alongside my friends in a set of Opera Scenes produced by the Royal College of Music, London. The scenes were directed by James Bonasconducted by Christopher Middleton and accompanied on piano by Ian Tindale.

I had a wonderful time performing the role of Aminta alongside the talented Yiwen Su as Elisa. We performed the opening scene from “Il re Pastore” by Mozart. For the performance, I had to wear a period wig, this was a completely new experience for me and I really enjoyed learning about the process and watching Shauna, the talented makeup and hair professional as she managed to hide all my hair under a cap ready for the powdered wig. To help me feel even more like a character from the 18th century, Shauna applied a layer of white foundation to my face which made me look quite pale. This was because in the 18th century both men and women would wear cosmetics to show social status. However, I wasn’t allowed to wear the fashionable bright pink rouge and lip colour as this would have been considered beyond the social ranking of my character for the scene. I found this really interesting and added another layer to my character profile and allowed me to explore how my character Aminta would react to meeting Elisa who in the first scene would have been considered higher than Aminta in social ranking. The performance was so much fun and I can’t wait to get back on a stage soon!

 

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On Friday evening I had arranged to go and watch the RAMBERT ballet company perform “Ghost Dances” at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Because I could not get a student ticket my brother Matthew offered to pay half as he knew how much I wanted to go which was lovely of him and appreciated by me 🙂  This performance was really special for me because I analysed Christopher Bruce’s “Ghost Dances” for my Dance A level. Whilst writing my analysis I was only able to watch video recordings of the piece but enjoyed the dance so much that I fell in love with the chilling choreography and the powerful storyline of the dance. So, when Matthew told me that it was to be performed at Sadler’s Wells I did not want to miss out on the chance to see it performed live. I enjoyed the performance thoroughly and the company used the original choreography, music, costumes, and set, so my memory of this beautiful dance was re-enacted live before my own eyes. The company takes the performance on tour very soon and if you get the opportunity to go and watch it I would recommend the show thoroughly!!

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I would also like to share with you all that I will be performing my year end recital on the 7th June in the East Parry room on the 4th floor of the Royal College of Music.  My recital will be at 2:40 pm and if you are in London and able to attend it would be lovely to see you in the audience.

Happy New Year 2016

January 3, 2016 — 82 Comments

I hope everyone has had a Happy New Year.  I’ve had a wonderful time relaxing over the holiday and enjoying simple things with my family and a few good friends.  We celebrated the New Year with a short break in London.

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Down In The Kitchen

We visited the author Charles Dickens’ Museum at number 48 Doughty Street, well worth a visit, over five floors it was like walking back in time.   Nicholas Nickleby was written there.  His study was where he followed a self imposed strict regime writing between breakfast and lunch with no distractions.  When he lived there in 1837 he wore his hair long in the Regency period style.

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Books From Charles Dickens’ Study

His wife had two Children at this house already having an older child and the then the family moved after a couple of years.  The nursery of the house has a prison grille demonstrating the influence that his childhood experiences had on his later life. Being forced to work at 14 when his father was sent to debtors prison.

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On a wall in the museum section was a quote:

Mr Micawber’s famous, and oft-quoted, recipe for happiness from David Copperfield:

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.”

Dickens loved the Christmas period and wrote novels to coincide and remind people to enjoy the seasonal celebrations.

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Outside Sadler’s Wells Theatre

A special treat was tickets to watch the newly knighted choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Sadlers Wells theatre the music was quite sublime composed by Tchaikovsky, one of my favourite composers, It retold the gothic styled fairy tale by Charles Perrault, featuring fabulous costumes designed by Lez Brotherston and brought to life by fabulous dancers who retold the story so well my Dad commented it was the first time he hadn’t missed speech in a piece of dance theatre.  My favourite dance was Princess Aurora and Caradoc the son of the dark fairy Carabosse truly fabulous dancing.

The cast was :

Aurora – Ashley Shaw

Leo – Dominic North

Count Lilac – Christopher Marney

Carabosse – Adam Maskell

Caradoc – Adam Maskell

We hadn’t realised we required tickets to watch the New Year fireworks at The Thames and all the viewing points were sold out, but there was a great atmosphere down on The Strand and we had quite a crowd to count down to the New Year and we just saw the top most fireworks explosions so it all turned out well.

I hope you all have a fabulous New Year with good health and happiness.