Check out our Q&A with composer Lewis Murphy - “the toast of British Opera” (The Herald). Lewis is Glyndebourne’s youngest ever Composer-in-Residence – a position he held until the end of 2017. His other recent commissions have been for Scottish Opera and the National Opera Studio, as well as our very own DEBUT at Shoreditch Treehouse with soprano Gemma Summerfield. He chats to us about his collaboration with librettist and director Laura Attridge, his biggest inspirations and what it’s like to be a composer in the 21st century.Read More
We spoke to Thomas Isherwood and Harry Thatcher ahead of their performances as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Royal College of Music.
Both baritones are at the early stages of extremely promising careers and are already in demand throughout the UK. Thomas recently starred as 'Mark' in the Olivier Nominated 'Best New Opera' La bohèmeat the Trafalgar Studios with King's Head Theatre and Harry has performed a number of roles for Grange Park Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera including Curio in Giulio Cesare.
On the day of our interview Ian is moving house – no small feat for the average man, let alone one with a Yamaha factored into the equation! - And yet, in a similar vein to how he approaches being interviewed whilst house moving, he can do it all – pianist, accompanist, répétiteur, organist, harpsichordist, and orchestral keyboard player - and all with the utmost finesse.
He'd wouldn't shout it from the rooftops, but Ian's won pretty much all of the major accompanist prizes (Ferrier Awards, Royal Overseas League, Help Musicians UK... the list goes on), and though musicality literally seeps from his fingertips, in person he's unassuming, funny and inherently - normal.
This week Ian is in Heidelberg, Germany, competing in the bi-annual International Song Competition 'Das Lied'Read More
Katie's journey to the English National Opera's stage for her debut in the revival of Mike Leigh’s Pirates of Penzance has been the quintessential dream of many a fledgling opera singer.
Building on solid foundations at the Royal College of Music, Katie progressed through the Graduate Diploma (predominately for students who didn't train at a conservatoire for their undergraduate - Katie did her BA in History and Music at Royal Holloway, University of London) through the 2 year Masters and into the Benjamin Britten Opera School. Katie is quickly gaining deserved renown for the beauty and power of her voice and her magnetic presence on stage.Read More
How do competitions like the Wigmore International Song Competition and Ferrier Awards help young singers? What is their purpose, and how can they help the emerging artist in a world where jobs and opportunities in the world of performing classical music are becoming increasingly more, well… competitive!? Here, we take a look at just a few of the reasons singers enter into the world of competitive performing, and do a Q&A with baritone Julien Van Mellaerts following his recent competition successes.Read More