Like everyone else, I am currently in lockdown! Performance opportunities have been very limited all year. I have sung in the street, at a couple of church services and sadly several funerals.
For the last few months I have been working on Paulo Tosti's English songs. I first discovered them singing 'Parted' with my trio three4. Tosti wrote around 80 songs with English texts while he was living and achieving huge success in London. I have chosen my favourite 20 and along with Pianist Victoria Hay, am preparing a recital. If you are interested in coming it will be ASAP as lockdown eases and in Hackney. I plan to perform them later in other venues hopefully ending up in Naples but that seems a long was away right now!
I am able to teach most of my students online and using other time to plan my current ELMO project Music in the Ville a project bringing more music into a London prison. More details about that are on eastlondonmetropolitanopera.com
Apart from that I am using extra time to practise the piano regularly for the first time in 30 years and also to catch up with ever important friends and family on the life saver that is Zoom.
Best wishes to anyone reading this and I hope you are managing to enjoy the good side of lockdown and deal with the challenges, and most importantly, staying well.