WELCOME to you – and to 2024!
What a joy it is to sing concerts, to travel and perform, and to record in the studio. I’ve always been grateful to do this work, but after the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic, there’s an extra layer of gratitude at play.
During that hiatus, I had reflected on my professional life in music. As well as singing as a soloist and in vocal ensembles in many different parts of the world, I’ve sung on the soundtracks of hundreds of movies and the albums of dozens of artists. There’s been variety and diversity aplenty, that’s for sure. Yet it’s an oddly anonymous process – you give of your best on a big project, then quietly move on and do the next. So it did feel good to quantify and acknowledge to myself the work done.
It felt much BETTER though to get back on stage with colleagues – singing in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Paris Philharmonie. Real, in-person, onstage performances, with fabulous living, breathing audiences! Very moving. And a pretty cool line-up of venues for the restart.
Anyway, if you’d like to see and hear something right here, right now, here’s a short film by the Guardian (which features my performance of ‘Stay Awake’ from Mary Poppins), some songs by Ben Dawson, and some clips from one of the Julie Andrews concerts I did with Benjamin Pope and Sinfonia Lahti. And if you’d like to have a listen to some snippets from my mellow album gentle rain, please go right ahead. Happy listening!