News for Summer 2015 – opera and more

There are a few things I’m involved with over the summer, including opera, Lieder, and a guitar.

Honey and James in Dulwich Opera Company's production of La Bohème

Honey and James in Puccini’s La Bohème – Dulwich Opera Company (Photo by Fritz Curzon)

First, I shall be accompanying Honey Rouhani and James Schouten on Sunday the 19th of July titled ‘Night at the Opera’, or NATO as I have taken to calling it, much to the initial confusion of friends. An operatic extravaganza, I shall be sharing the accompaniment duties with Rebecca Cohen. The concert takes place at Burgh House (LINK) in Hampstead, built over 300 years ago as a private residence, now open to the public. Honey and James will be singing solo arias as well as duets, from Italian, German, and French operas. To buy tickets, please go the Eventbrite page. Shortly afterward, I shall apear with a good friend, guitarist Sam Brown, in a lunchtime recital at St. James’s Piccadilly, playing Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, and he will also play some Dowland and Tarrega, a Spanish romantic composer. There’s no admission fee, but a retiring donation is suggested.

St. James's Piccadilly, London

St. James’s Piccadilly, London

Then I’m up to Edinburgh for a couple of lunchtime recitals in St. Mary’s Cathedral; some Schubert, Brahms, and Mozart on the 6th of August, and then Schumann’s Dichterliebe on the 11th.

Iken Scholars

I had the pleasure recently of singing for the director of the Iken Scholars, a group which performs early choral music, and happily I will be joining them for the foreseeable future. My first appearance with them shall be in a concert near the end of October, and I will post more details nearer the time. Since September, the only choral singing I have done is a few services, and a performance of the Rachmaninov Vespers at Christmas which, although it is a big sing, hasn’t satisfied my fervent love for that particular genre. Please do visit: Honey Rouhani’s website Rebecca Cohen’s website Sam Brown’s website

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