Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I set it up in March 2013, halfway through the first year of a four-year Batchelor of Music (BMus) Vocal performance degree, as a log of my journey through training to become a classical singer.
The academic study of the history of music was a large part of my course, along with historical context, composition, piano to name just a few and writing better essays was a target of mine during my second year 2013/14. I have to write about how music impacts on society and learn how to make a living out of perfecting my vocal skills as being on a stage singing and performing is my passion.
I graduated with First Class Honours from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in 2016. This course gave me the opportunity to do what I love every day. The RCS most importantly equipped me with learning techniques so that I could go away and apply that to self-tuition to really stretch myself as a musician, for example: in my third year, I learnt a full eight-song cycle ‘Haugtussa’ in Norwegian as preparation for the Grieg International Workshop in May 2015. I used the research I did to prepare and participate in this event and to write my final dissertation on the use of original languages in performance.
In September 2016, I commenced my post-graduate education at The Royal College of Music in London on their Master of Performance course for a further two years, my principal teacher is Rosa Mannion and Coach Simon Leppard. I graduate in July 2018.
I read other blogs of varying genres to fuel my imagination and learn more about the world around me, I find encouragement when reading your comments and thoughts, so a warm welcome to you and I hope you enjoy my musings on the life of a trainee soprano.