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On the evening of Tuesday the 12th of February the combined tour group attended the London Coliseum for the English National Opera’s performance of Puccini’s La Boheme. La Bohème tells the story of Rodolfo and his love for Mimi, a young seamstress whom he meets that Christmas Eve night. Over the course of a couple of hours, Puccini treats us to some of the most ravishing and famous opera arias and stunning orchestration.

The set was two story opening with the home of the Bohemians and revolving to reveal cafe Moman and street scene in act 2 which was then transformed with falling snow in act 3 before reverting to the Bohemians home in act 4.

The soloists were in fine form, with energetic ensemble from the four Bohemians in the opening, and heartfelt arias and duets from Rudolfo and Mimi, but it was Musetta that stole the show and all our attention with her stage presence and impressive vocals in act 2. The chorus were active throughout act 2 using all the levels of the set to great advantage, there was always something happening throughout the action of the street and cafe scene.

Romantic opera never ends very cheerfully; but in the hands of Puccini, it’s always exquisitely beautiful. Some of the magic of Puccini’s poignant through composed score was lost with the English translation rather than Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa’s original Italian libretto; although this was expected as it is a long standing tradition that all ENO operas are performed in English.

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This evening the singers attended the final choir rehearsal of the Dream of Gerontious conducted by David Temple. This rehearsal was to properly finalise any last minute fixes needed to be done before the big show on Sunday night. All of the singers very much enjoyed hearing the crouch end festival chorus work on and showcase a sneak peek of some of Elgars beautiful music. And even having a sing through of a few chorus numbers got the singers joining in and being apart of this wonderful choir

 

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Today we had the pleasure of attending the Royal College of Music’s, Club Prize Winner’s Recital.

2018 winner, Frances Gregory, is a mezzo-soprano and current student of the Royal Academy. Together with accompanist William Cole, Gregory took us on a journey taken of love and relationship, with works from Reynaldo Hahn, Carl Loewe and Gioachino Rossini, the latter being the highlight, not only for Gregory’s technical prowess, but also for her artistic interpretation.

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This evening the singers attended the final choir rehearsal of the Dream of Gerontious conducted by David Temple. This rehearsal was to properly finalise any last minute fixes needed to be done before the big show on Sunday night. All of the singers very much enjoyed hearing the crouch end festival chorus work on and showcase a sneak peek of […]

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Saturday 9th of Feb – Wigmore Hall Tonight the Flute and Clarinet players were extremely fortunate to attend a concert at Wigmore Hall, featuring professional Clarinettist Michael Collins, and pianist Michael McHale. The concert consisted of 6 pieces, including Sonatas from Charles Villiers Stanford, Johannes Brahms, & Cesar Frank, and 3 shorter pieces from Carl Reinecke, Claude Debussy, and Abbie […]

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On Friday 8th of February, the two guitarists on the Musical Horizon’s Study Tour attended the guitar class at the Royal College of Music (RCM). We were surprised to find that the class ran very similarly to our ‘Technique and Repertoire’. The format of the class is that it runs for two hours and is essentially a way for the […]

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On Friday 30 November 2018, a number of outstanding students at the Elder Conservatorium of Music were recognised for their excellence. Notably among the recipients: Philippa McAuliffe, winner of the John Perry Memorial Perpetual Fund, which assisted her to attend the “Harpmasters Pro” International Harp Academy in Switzerland. Andrew Groch, one of four winners of the Marnie Cowan Scholarship. Benjamin […]

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On the evening of Tuesday Feb 5th, the first night of our 2019 Musical Horizons study tour, a small group of Elder Conservatorium Instrumentalists attended a Chamber music class at the Royal College of Music, London. The Chamber Music Class is an ideal performance opportunity for the Royal College of Music Students to receive feedback on their prepared performances. The […]

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February 6th at the Royal Academy of Music On the second night of the tour, Elicia and I went to the Informal Piano Department Concert at the Royal Academy of Music. This concert was for students at the academy to perform what they are currently preparing, and to also film theirselves in a performance environment to then do a self […]

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6th of February, 2019 at the Royal Academy of Music Today’s first activity was listening to an orchestral wind/percussion sectional with the Royal Academy of Music. The Orchestra rehearsed Dukas’ ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ as well as Wagner’s ‘Mastersingers’. Both pieces sounded great at the beginning of the rehearsal, but were still rehearsed and improved throughout the morning. The Dukas was […]

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