New videos on Youtube channel

Hi everyone, I have recently uploaded 11 new videos to my youtube channel of some solo theorbo and voice/theorbo repertoire. Here’s a taster:   The repertoire is mainly from the material I prepared for my master’s degree final recital plus a few recordings with my new ensemble partner Héloïse Bernard. I will be updating the concert…

Touring witch

Today is the first normal day of this week. I have been rehearsing and touring with the Kellie consort since last Sunday. These four days have been filled with amazing music, expert coaching, lovely people, breathtaking scenery and perhaps some of the greatest ice cream of Scotland… The Kellie consort is a Scottish baroque ensemble…

Cantigas de Santa Maria

I have not been writing here much, but there certainly has been a lot of music going on recently. A quick recap of recent activity: I did a lecture-recital on the vocal style of Giulio Caccini at the RCS as part of my masters degree, perform a concert of Italian baroque as part of the…

Tenebrae

Today marks the beginning of the Triduum, i.e last three days before Easter Sunday. Tenebrae, (latin for darkness) is the name of a morning service during the Triduum, comprising of Matins and Lauds. Tenebrae takes place in candlelight, ideally just before daybreak. The distinctive feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles which…

‘Have I packed everything, will I get robbed this time, will anyone care if I get robbed, will I get lost on public transport and be late for my job???!!’ These are the thoughts in my head just before I embark on a trip to London. Indeed, they are often also in my head once…

A quick temperamental note

I emerge from my shadow life somewhere between the 14th and 17th century to make a very brief post about…temperaments. No, not the kind that we all have. However, like our temperaments the musical temperament systems form a large part of the character of music from a certain period in time. In short, temperament systems are ways…

Friendly instruments

Happy St.Andrew’s day! I have been absent for a while from here, but just to revive this dusty blog I thought I would write a few words on what I have been up to lately! I have started my studies for an MMus degree at the University of Glasgow/Royal Conservatoire of Glasgow. My subject of…

Dawn with Donne

Yesterday, while travelling back from Estonia, I listened to this read by Ven Fulton Sheen. Happy Sunday! 🙂 Holy Sonnets: Batter my heart, three-person’d God John Donne Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend Your…

Festival Berlioz and La Côte-Saint-André

‘Hector Berlioz was born in 11 December 1803 in La Côte-Saint-André’ I once rattled off in my music history exam. Transported from the brightly lit classroom in my mind back to the scenery of the Rhône-Alpes region, how unbelievable did it seem that I was now en route to that very same village. Following the concert…

scOc – the full circle

There are many little delights that come with being married – one of them is added muscle strength. A blissful married female forgets the heaviness of suitcases and gets used to standing by when her husband does the lifting in the home, in the shops and most crucially when travelling. Alas! This morning I am…

Bath-time

I’m on my way back from a very inspiring week at the Latin Mass Society training course for priests and servers which took place at Prior Park College, Bath. These events require some music, so there is some room at them for musicians, even though it tends to be quite cosy up in organ lofts…

Rolling along.

I’m on a train, I was on several trains yesterday, the day before and then on more trains the week before that.  Why you may ask? Either I am a runaway prisoner with £20, 000 on my head (and a suitcase full of jewels) or…. a young musician trying to forge a career which would…