Working on a beautiful Bach cantata today in the practise room for programmes in Wollongong and Sydney this year with @jackiewardmusic and #FionaLoader
This final aria from the ‘Ich habe genug’ (I have enough) Cantata is extremely dramatic and depicts the story of Simeon according to Luke.
The final aria is entitled ‘Ich freue mich meinen Tod’ (I look forward to my death). Simeon eagerly awaits his death after experiencing a revelation from the Holy Ghost that he shall not see death before he had seen the Lord Christ. Simeon has achieved salvation and asks to depart from this world in peace.
The work contains gorgeous harmonisations and word painting, lush textures and stunning oboe lines that wash over the listener.
Gospel: Luke 2: 22-32 Simeon prophesies of Christ  And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;  (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)  And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.  And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.  And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.  And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,  Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,  Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;  A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
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In preparation for a unique and new production of this opera (or masque) by Henry Purcell, I have been delving into the vast amount of research conducted by American musicologist, Ellen Harris. The second edition of her book about the work ‘Dido and Æneas’, is providing great insight into what we actually know about the works original form. It has introduced all sorts of academic ideas, opinions and arguments from across the spectrum about (usually) simple questions regarding: its first performance, what the original score actually looked like and even how we should interpret the ‘Ground Bass’ notation.
Even though I’m going to conceive a brand-new version of this work with a brand-new orchestration and harmonic vocabulary, I strongly believe that it’s my duty to understand as much as possible of the original work and the context of which it premiered (even if some areas of detail are lacking). There will be great liberties taken in the conception of this work. However, if we are to do this work the justice it deserves, it’s important to find out as much as possible about it.
Thank you Ellen Harris and all musicologists for helping us to understand as much as possible of the great musical works in human history. I’d also like to thank musicologists like Ellen for informing its notation in the modern format. This stuff is invaluable. Whilst Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst did some great things to bring the work back to life in notation, performance and recording (in collaboration with Boosey & Hawkes in its publication) - Harris takes the cake for continuing the research and digging deeper.
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Enjoyed a wonderful day recording at Sony Music Studios in Darlinghurst with fellow Talent Development Project (TDP) graduates of 2017. It was an absolute privilege to have been accompanied by Australian music theatre icon, Bev Kennedy on the piano.
Absence Short Film nominated in six categories for the 2017 Martini Film Awards and has today been submitted into an international film festival. Brilliant to have had the opportunity to compose for this exciting project.
It's been an absolute thrill being a part of this fabulous production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway classic, 'The King & I'.
The role of 'Lun Tha' has been one of the more challenging roles I've played and I'm so excited to perform it on stage this Friday night at Rockdale Town Hall.
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Yesterday evening, I attended the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards night in Dubbo, NSW. The CAT Awards acknowledge excellence and achievement in the Canberra Region, extending into Regional NSW.
I was so honoured to have received awards for both categories which I was nominated for this year. These were:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CAT Award judges and panel for recognising my efforts in these areas throughout 2016. Well done to all other recipients!
Photo credits: Belinda Soole, Amy Copeland, Keira Sigsworth.
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Some photographic highlights of my week on the Opera Australia Regional Student Scholarship week in January, 2017.