Welcome – to you, AND to 2021!
2020? WHAT a year. Such disruption to all areas of our lives. As you’ll know, professional musicians have been profoundly affected, with the cancellation (or at least postponement) of all live concerts, tours and studio work. I think back to late 2019 when I was performing in Paris and in Miami with Synergy Vocals, and to early 2020, also with Synergy, when I sang in a work by Ravi Shankar at the Royal Festival Hall. But for me, work came to a crashing halt after a session (for a massive Hollywood movie) at Abbey Road on 13 March 2020.
During the quiet year of 2020 I reflected on my singing life. Quite apart from live performances as a soloist and in ensembles in many different parts of the world, between 2001 and 2016 (I must update my list with the 2017-20 ones!) I sang on the soundtracks of over 120 movies and the albums of more than 50 artists. It’s odd – you give of your best on a big project, then quietly move on and do the next. So it feels good actually to quantify the work here.
And it feels VERY good to have work now coming in for autumn 2021 onwards. (Hurrah!) Anyway, for the moment I’d like to offer a few things for your listening and viewing pleasure: this short film by the Guardian (which features my performance of ‘Stay Awake’ from Mary Poppins), these 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!