So, today marks the first day of 2015 for me. I know it's February already, but for the last 9 months I have been living away from home in Salisbury - which is lovely, but has meant I've had to put a lot of my musical career to one side for a while (although I've still managed some awesome things like performing on the West End and in Germany, and being in a rather interesting take on Rocky Horror.
As I mentioned in my last post '2015 - Bring It On' - there's a lot lined up for me to do, but first on the list, in March, is the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival. This is a small but quietly renowned event where us singers (and many other musicians) pitch up against one another with the hope or receiving a trophy or at least a certificate, along with great advice and feedback in a beautiful setting.
I'm learning a lot of new music for this, from Jazz to Opera, and the single complexities of each strand of singing both terrify and excite me. Songs include:
Gretchen am Spinnrade - a German Leider piece by Schubert - dangerously emotional and dynamic.
Sunday Kind of Love and I Just Wanna Make Love To You - two of my favourite Jazz songs which I'm going to really enjoy performing.
Batonebo - a 4 piece Georgian chant which holds beautifully dissonant melodies and should sound stunning.
and Mon Coeur S'ouvre Ta Voix - an operatic classic from Samson and Delilah - and man is it hard to sing!
I'm also entering the Musical Theatre class with the classic When You're Good to Mama from Chicago and tragic As Long As He Needs Me from Oliver.
So - as you can see, I've a lot of music, and languages, to learn! With 4 weeks left until the first competition we shall have to wait and see whether I get it all done... fingers crossed...
Now - I'm off to get my hair done ;-) xx