Sunday, 28 February 2010

Baritone Marcus Farnsworth

Marcus Farnsworth has made quite a name for himself, recently winning the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He studies with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music.
On Friday Evening Marcus gave a unique Schumann recital at the National Portrait Gallery accompanied by James Cheung, himself a distinguished chamber musician and song accompanist. The programme included 6 Gedichte und Requiem by Lenau, and the Eichendorff Liederkreis. Marcus has a fantastic understanding for the song repertoire, underlined by a beautiful colour and tone. Just as much, the National Portrait Gallery was a fantastic venue for such an evening! Watch out for similar events scattered around London Galleries and Art homes! German Lied especially, often is a thing for small audiences, in small circles, meant for friends even. Marcus was in the best of company, not least, Georg Friedrich Handel, his portrait hanging tall amongst fellow actors, musicians and artists, listening closely without doubt.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Styles ... Colours at London Fashion Week

LFW ends today with Menswear Day. Its been a great Fashion Week for London!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Monday, 22 February 2010

Styles ... Lady in Red


Scott Schuman

Yvan Rodic having a chat with Scott and Garance at Somerset House.

Fashion Week means a lot of bloggers! Scott and Yvan are amongst those that were at the forefront of fashion blogging a couple of years ago. It is good to still see them around and their pictures and style are constant inspiration.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Saturday at the London Fashion Week

The Beautiful People of London Fashion Week. I love taking style photographs. Compared to stage photography its a walk in the park. Following a week of intensive voice training, today was a welcome change. London Fashion Week runs until Wednesday and London is pretty crazy right now. Great to meet new Faces today!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Gambler

John Tomlinson, Roberto Sacca, Angela Denoke, Susan Bickly and conductor Antonio Pappano take their final bow, following a fantastic performance of Sergey Prokofiev's The Gambler (Игрок— Igrok) at the Royal Opera House.

Saturday, 13 February 2010



Fort bist Du, doch spür ich Dich
Kalt ist mir, doch wärmst Du mich
In Gedanken sind wir eins
Dich zu lieben, das ist meins

You are gone, yet I feel you
I am cold, yet you warm me
In thought we are one
To love you, that is mine

Maria Fuhrig (2009)

Im Frühling Franz Schubert

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

The Music of Borough Market

Happy Valentine's Everyone!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Watching Phillips de Pury

Phillips de Pury, auction house and art dealership for Contemporary Art. Simon de Pury conducted the latest Evening Sale for Contemporary Art in London. Works sold included Gregor Hildebrandt, Ugo Rondino, Andy Warhol, George Condo, Banksy and Gerhard Richter.

all lots have been sold ... Donald Judd Untitled (1987)

still hanging ... Anselm Ryle Untitled 2005

Simon de Pury

A most enjoyable evening with good company! Art and Art Market

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Christopher Maltman, Graham Johnson and Schubert's Winterreise

Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnson gave a fascinating performance of Schubert's Winterreise today at the Wigmore Hall in London. "Chris" Maltman began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music under Mark Wildman and is a regular at the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper and Vienna, as well as the Salzburger Festspiele and Aldeburgh Festival.
Graham Johnson is widely regarded as the finest vocal accompanist of our time.

The performance will appear as part of Wigmore Hall Live.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Der Lindenbaum

On Thursday, Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnson will be giving a recital of Schubert's Winterreise at the Wigmore Hall. I am particularly looking forward to this occasion after having seen a film of Winterreise by Petr Weigl. Weigl is a Czech filmmaker and his film is a beautiful little piece of cinema lead by the amazing voice of Brigitte Fassbaender.

Weigls film follows the winter's journey of a group of travellers, brought together by fate, as they make their way through a winterland. A young ballerina is amongst them, dying, after having collapsed on the stage in front of her mothers eyes. We hear the eery tune of Der Lindenbaum, death taking hold of the young girl as she leads her final dance.

I found Weigl's film very moving and I think it is an incredibly powerful way to present Schubert's song cycle.

Am Brunnen vor dem Tore, da steht ein Lindenbaum ...

Snow Brake

Apologies for the lack of posts in the last week.
I spent last week skiing in Switzerland and visiting my Grandparents in Germany, after having completed the last set of Opera Scenes at the RAM. (More pictures to follow shortly).

January has been a rather stressful time and it has been most rewarding to recharge the batteries. Sometimes I find, as a singer, it is important to be able to step away and consolidate what one has learned. The more one performs and rehearses, the more one finds how much is still to be done.

I had a great time last week in Davos Klosters with friends. Davos was once again host to the World Economic Forum, and its diverse programme of reports and discussions featured surprisingly many contributions on the state of the arts and their entanglement with modern economics, as well as a concert by the Lausanne orchestra.
But above all nothing is so inspiring as winter snow and the peaceful calm and freedom of the mountains.