During the semester, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music decided to push ahead with it's scheduled Mozart Requiem performance online via a YouTube playlist.
Alongside my colleagues, I featured in two movements as the bass soloist: the 'Benedictus' and the 'Offertorium'.
An excellent achievement led by Liz Scott.
Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period, 500 opera singers, instrumentalists, conductors and even language signers have being recording and submitting their parts from Verdi's 'Va, pensiero' chorus to Nofar Yacoubi, an Israeli soprano residing in Italy.
The highlighted green parts on the world map in the video displays the countries that were involved in this mammoth project and all who contributed to this incredible achievement.
Enjoy the video below and congratulations to all involved.
You can read my piece on this project via ClassikOn with some updated thoughts.
At the end of May 2020 during the performance shutdown, I appeared on brand new online music performance platform Live in Sydney accompanied by my friend and collaborator, Sako Dermenjian.
You can catch up on the full interview in the video below and also view my individual performance pieces as well.
Thank you to Live in Sydney, Angelica M, Marcel Leon and his team and all the sponsors of the platform for having me on! It was truly a pleasure to interview and perform on this platform.
LIVE IN SYDNEY | Full Interview of Jeremy Boulton
#1 | Il Poveretto by Giuseppe Verdi
#2 | Staendchen by Franz Schubert
#3 | Edelweiss by Rodgers & Hammerstein (from The Sound of Music)
Who'd have thought a just a few months ago it wouldn't be possible to sing in your local community choir?
None of us in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chamber Choir saw it coming either. And so, like many choirs, opera choruses, orchestras and chamber music groups across the world, we have attempted to fill the void of regular practice, rehearsal and performance with a homemade recording!
Check out the two that I've had fun getting involved with over the last month via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's 'Con-line Concerts' initiative.
In December 2018 I was invited to be the bass soloist in the Argyle Orchestra & Choir performance of Charpentier's Messe de Minuit at St. David's Cathedral, Hobart. Fortunately, the entire performance was uploaded to YouTube.
Charpentier Messe de Minuit | Argyle Orchestra & Choir
From St. David's Cathedral | December 2018
Conductor | Simon Reade
Soprano | Lana Kains
Soprano | Sophie Mohler
Alto | Rebecca O'Hanlon
Tenor | Alexander Young
Bass | Jeremy Boulton
WATCH: MESSE DE MINUIT
In December 2019 I was fortunate enough to be invited back as a soloist for the Argyle Orchestra & Choir in Hobart for Händel's Messiah at St. David's Cathedral. It was an incredible experience with a packed cathedral of over 700 in attendance. The orchestra have uploaded the full recording of this concert for all to enjoy - particularly during this time of no public performances.
I have outlined below direct links to my recitatives and arias that you can click on to be directed to the exact moment in the videos, though I would encourage you to enjoy the high quality performance from all of my colleagues!
Thus Saith the Lord
For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth/The People That Walked in Darkness
Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage Together
Behold, I Tell You A Mystery/The Trumpet Shall Sound
Händel's Messiah | Argyle Orchestra & Choir
From St. David's Cathedral | December 2019
Conductor | Jamie Allan
Soprano | Lana Kains
Alto | Rebeka H Dragolic
Tenor | Michael Kregor
Bass | Jeremy Boulton
Trumpet | Yorem Levy
MESSIAH | Part 1
MESSIAH | Part 2
My second contribution to ClassikOn.com during the COVID-19 pandemic is now live where I talk about what I've been up to during the performance shutdown.
Read my latest contribution to ClassikOn discussing the moment we’re experiencing right now during COVID-19, the importance of solidarity from within our tight-knit global community and how we can achieve it with projects such as The Musical Solidarity Project.
Just over a week to submit your ‘Va, pensiero’ videos to the project.
Take care all and safe safe.
Recently, I hosted an Online Recital (art song) with my pianist friend Su Cho. Here I explain our process and discuss how we made the most of gathering an audience and receiving donations from our generous audience. All instructions my opinions and a documentation of my role in the online recital preparation, recording and promotion process.
Check out my latest review of Consort 8's latest concert for ClassikON. I've recently become an Ambassador for ClassikON and will be attending more concerts to review in the future.