Welcome to my chat page, launched in 2019, I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to give everyone the chance to message me and to be able to update you on my thoughts and news.
I wanted to start off by saying a big thank you to all those followers and fans who have already sent me messages, I will always do my best to reply to as many as I can, so be rest assured they do not get ignored, I read all of them!
So please feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments.
Hi everyone, I wanted to share the latest edition of 'Leading Note' magazine which features the most beautiful front cover.
The interview conducted with me in the Autumn / Winter issue is out this week for those of you who are members and or subscribers of the BAMT.
Thank you for all your recent messages. We certainly are living in a changing world, especially in the arts, but things are moving slowly forward. I have enjoyed getting back to rehearsals and it was wonderful to rehearse recently with Crispian Steele-Perkins and Leslie Pearson - we are looking forward to performing our trio programme again. I've also been giving media interviews - one, in particular, deserves a special mention as their pioneering work is invaluable to the community: 'Leading Note' magazine (BAMT) - I am pleased to announce they be running a feature on me in their next edition.
Hi! With concert venues still closed due to the current climate, I have been busy with the release and promotion of my first book. This has involved giving interviews for radio and magazines, which has been great fun as well as keeping me busy. When we revert back to some sense of normality I'm looking forward to performing again and also undertaking some book signings.
I’ll appraise you all as to when the book signings begin and the locations of where these will be taking place. Hope to see you soon!
Hope you are all managing to get life back on track as we emerge slowly out of lockdown. After months of singing alone at home, I will be rehearsing tomorrow with the wonderful pianist Leslie Pearson - unfortunately, no definite concert dates yet - but will be fantastic to sing with Les, who is truly a talented superstar and friend!
I am proud to announce the release of my book
I Wish I Could Sing.
If you have ever wished you could sing, now you can, with this very simple guide to improving your voice – so no more embarrassing renditions of Happy Birthday at the party!
I just wanted to let you all know, my appearance at London's famous 606 Jazz Club is definitely postponed and not cancelled. The performance is part of a special charity event 'The Spitfire Women of the Second World War', for the charity Age Unlimited. This is an exciting event for me as it's not everyday opera singers are invited to perform on the Jazz circuit! I feel very honoured and will be singing some lighter songs including Cole Porter & Gershwin, along with pianist Sanja Stefanovic. This is actually the second time in my career that I have been invited to perform at a jazz club, the first time being in 1996 at a legendary jazz club in London's Soho.
Coronavirus- Hi! I hope you're all staying safe and well at this difficult time. I'm at home as my concerts are cancelled, so practising and working from home for now, plus glued to the news! My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones to this terrible virus.
Take care X
Hi everyone, I wanted to share a picture with you:
I have just returned from giving a workshop at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and loved this fabulous ‘Save the Piano’ banner I saw hanging from the campus building.
What a great idea, so wonderful! ️
Best wishes for 2020!
Hi everyone hope you're all looking forward to this year. I'm currently preparing for upcoming performances and masterclasses, which of course will involve a lot of travelling.
First stop for 2020 will be Belgium!
Hi folks, I have been travelling a lot this month but looking forward to the festive holiday season!
Congratulations by the way to everyone for an amazing concert at Christchurch Priory last week!
I'm pleased to announce I have signed a publishing contract with Olympia Publishers for my book 'I Wish I Could Sing', (singing book for beginners). I've needed to take some time away from performing this month due to putting the finishing touches to the book, which has been an exciting project.
I am anticipating that the first copies will be rolling off the press in 2020.
Hi folks, I have been busy performing this month, including one very special concert that deserves a special mention. A couple of weeks ago I was honoured to have been
invited to give a concert at Highgrove
House, the beautiful home of Prince
Together with trumpeter Crispian
Steele- Perkins & pianist Leslie
Pearson, we performed a varied
programme from Handel to
The event was a truly magical evening.
Thank you for all your recent messages, my apologies for not responding to as many as I had hoped but this month I've been incredibly busy. However, I have a nice relaxing week ahead as my next performance will be in Dorset at the Weymouth Music Club, such a rare treat to be performing on my doorstep!
Hi folks, this message is for everyone who has asked me when I will next be performing in London.
'Last Night of the Proms' at Highams Park
on Friday the 13th of September.
So far this year, one of
my favourite performances
was in Belgrade at the
Kolarac Concert Hall, where
I gave a recital with
acclaimed concert pianist
The programme included songs by Schumann, Berlioz and Britten and was well received by the attentive audience.
I consider this venue as one
of my top list concert halls in
the world to perform in, it has
amazing acoustics and
despite the large size of the
hall, it feels intimate and very
personal, as such it is of no
surprise that some of the most
famous classical artists in
history have graced the stage.
This is the second time that I have given a recital at this concert hall, the first being in 2017, it is a very special venue and holds great memories for me.
Just wanted to say a special hello to some of the singers who had messaged me from masterclasses and concerts I have given over the years at various universities, close to my heart are the universities in the US including Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of North Texas, Edinboro University Pennsylvania, University of Missouri–St. Louis and the University of Massachusetts.
Thank you for all your messages, I promise I will endeavour to respond as soon as I have the opportunity.
Hi everyone, there is still time to catch me in the Colin Postig exhibition which is touring the UK throughout this year. I am so delighted to be featured alongside other acclaimed personalities, including the celebrity Anne Hegerty.
Event is still running at The Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield. Next stop will be Nottingham.
Recently I have received a number of questions enquiring about singing in different languages. I have been asked how many different languages I sing in. During my career I have sung in numerous languages, in the last couple of weeks I have given concerts in Spanish, French, German and Italian, fortunately not all during the same concert.
I also sing in Maltese and Latin, but over recent years I've also sung pieces in Serbian, although I haven't quite mastered the language as a whole yet!
Despite singing fluently in so many languages, I don't actually speak them, however, I can get by a little, in Spanish which by the way, is also my favourite language to sing in!
I have received messages and questions enquiring as to what my favourite piece of music is that I enjoy singing. This is a difficult question to answer as there are so many amazing repertoires to mention, however, I would have to say 'Sea Pictures' by Elgar. This is specifically written for the mezzo-soprano voice and consists of 5 songs. I have performed it numerous times worldwide throughout my career with many different orchestras; you can hear me performing a couple of the songs with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria on YouTube). I have also performed it many times with piano, which is equally enjoyable and have sung it with some wonderful pianists at many festivals including the Prague Spring Festival in the Czech Republic, Malta International Arts Festival and Oklahoma State Music Series in the USA.
2018 has been another crazy year, by the
way congratulations to everyone earlier this month on a great performance at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, I was the alto soloist in a sold-out performance of Saint- Sean's Christmas Oratorio, which was conducted by the wonderful Robert Secret;
if you don't know the piece then have a
listen, it is an amazing work.
Had a busy summer giving concerts with
world-renowned trumpeter Crispian Steele- Perkins and pianist Leslie Pearson, one of the summer events was a concert held in the beautiful village of Shere, where we were delighted to be joined by the highly talented Classic FM presenter, soprano, Catherine Bott and her husband Stephen Henderson who is a highly recognised percussionist. He did us the honour of joining us in a few pieces; the day included a leisurely lunch in the soaring sun and heat of this year's wonderful summer; albeit the temperatures soared beyond what was comfortable!
Firstly I want to apologise for the delay in publishing my singing book 'I wish I could Sing', so many of you have asked me when it will be published. It's nearing completion and when it is released and on the shelves, I will let all you know the date so you can go and buy your own copy or order it on-line.
The book was due to have been finished this year but yet again it's been such another busy year with performances and interviews both home and abroad. My most recent interview is due to be published nationally, so keep your eyes peeled and await the update!
Whilst I'm on the subject of books, I was also delighted to have been featured in the new Adam Feinstein book, 'Autism Works' and was honoured to attend the book launch in September in London.