Sorry my news page has been blank for months! I have been busy though, and all my good intentions to write something, fell by the wayside. The summer was glorious and full of interesting concerts and events. I went to Cheltenham for a lovely concert with Joe Middleton and the Choir of Royal Holloway. We performed a beautiful new work specially composed for us by Gabriel Jackson, in Pittville Pump Room, where I used to sing a solo on school speech days many years ago. I found it very moving to be singing there with the Choir from Royal Holloway where I studied French before going on to try to be a singer.
After that I went to India
for four days to give a recital with Maciej Pikulski. One day I hope to
visit somewhere other than Mumbai, but the people there are so warm and
kind and I want to go back and stay a little longer! Then it was back to
the Cotswolds for the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester- my mother and I
attended some great concerts. I went back to Gloucester at the end of
August to take part in Sarah Connolly's brilliant Ivor Gurney celebration,
with James Gilchrist, Neal Davies and Joe Middleton, as well as the lovely
young soprano who joined us to sing in Stanford's The Bluebird.
Graham Johnson and I gave a recital in Tours as part of the Académie
François Poulenc, for François Le Roux. It was so lovely to be singing
Britten and Poulenc with Graham again; they have been such a huge part of
our lives for so many years.