A Week in the Life of a Soprano

Hello again music lovers! Thanks for joining me.

On Sunday of last week, I was lucky enough to attend a Swan Songs Recital at the Perth Town Hall, featuring one of Australia’s favourite sopranos, Cheryl Barker and David Wickham on the piano. They presented a varied programme of Schumann, Schubert, Strauss, Puccini and Britten. We were also treated to hearing WASO’s Principal clarinet player, Allan Meyer, playing exquisitely in Der Hirt aug dem Felsen (Shepherd on a rock). Barker was right at home with the Puccini songs and transfixed us all with her presentation of Britten’s Cabaret songs. The next Swan Songs recital will feature Perth’s own James Clayton singing Schubert’s Die Winterreise on Sunday 28th June at 3pm, again in the Perth Town Hall. This will be one not to miss!

Today has also been a busy day full of music. This morning I performed with the ensemble Lux et Veritas under the musical direction of Jangoo Chapkhana. Jangoo chose some excellent (and challenging) music to present at the service including music of Stanford, Joubert, Leighton, and C. Wood. It was great to be introduced to these works and sing with such a diverse and talented bunch of musicians.

This afternoon I conducted the St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls Chorale at the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at St George’s Cathedral. At the service, the Honourable Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia, addressed the role of Magna Carta in the history, constitution, and rule of law in Australia. I have been preparing the St Hilda’s Chorale for this service for about eight weeks now and the girls really rose to the occasion. We were fortunate enough to have world-renowned organist, Joseph Nolan playing for us which may have helped somewhat…!

All in all, it’s been a productive and satisfying week of music making.

Have a wonderful week everyone. May it be filled with music!

Em xx