Music, when soft voices die…

…Vibrates in the memory; Odours, when sweet violets sicken, Live within the sense they quicken. Rose leaves, when the rose is dead, Are heap’d for the belovèd’s bed; And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone, Love itself shall slumber on. Recently my friend and colleague Marie Vassiliou and I performed two recitals based around the muse of music that …

Biography of a Year: Music in 1853

After the festivities of December and having found my feet at the beginning of the new academic term I am at last able to write another post again.  At the time in December when everybody seem to lock up and forget about work it is at last time to read a book for relaxation. A novel or biography or such …

Staying true to oneself

MusicaLego: Building Baroque I recently performed as accompanist in a masterclass held by soprano Deborah York at the Leeds College of Music (LCoM). Deborah York’s involvement at LCoM as visiting professor is in the beginning stages of developing a Baroque tradition at LCoM. During Deborah’s previous visit in April this year I accompanied the students on the piano. This time …

Bartok’s Progress and the B’s

I have cracked the spine of one of my greatest challenges to date and seriously excited about getting my teeth into it over the next few months. As part of a project focused on piano duo and two piano repertoire I will join colleagues from Leeds College of Music in a performance of Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. …

One-sided Conversations

As part of the Leeds Lieder+ Day of Song this coming Sunday I will be coaching two singers in front of an audience in order to give an insight into the work going on during the preparation process towards a recital. One of the songs to be discussed comes from the four songs of Strauss’ opus 27. The songs are …

Interview: Timothy Hoekman

This past summer at AIMS in Graz I met the American composer-pianist Timothy Hoekman.  We were working alongside each other as coaches in the Lieder programmes at AIMS. It was an excellent experience working closely with Tim as I have respected him for years as pianist and coach. I learned however during this time that he was a song composer …

“Hommages” by Carmichael

Over the past couple of months I have been working on some solo work, which I will be performing in South Africa. I was also asked to include some solo works in an upcoming recital with Máire Flavin for the Blenheim Music Society in London.  The suggested works here were some miniatures by the Australian born composer John Carmichael OAM. …

Fingerprints

When the word experience is mentioned one automatically thinks about performance experience as in having physically played a work or group of works in public.  But what is it that makes one feel connected more to one work than to another and how does previous experience feed into the learning of a new work? From my earliest musical experiences I had …