WELCOME to you – and hello again, SINGING LIFE!
2020/21? WHAT a couple of doozies. Such disruption to all areas of our lives. And of course an appalling time for professional musicians. In late 2019 I was performing in Paris and in Miami with Synergy Vocals; in early 2020, also with Synergy, I sang in a work by Ravi Shankar at the Royal Festival Hall in London. But my work came to a crashing halt after a session (for a Hollywood movie) at Abbey Road on 13 March 2020.
I’ve had plenty of time since to reflect on my singing life. Quite apart from live performances as a soloist and in ensembles in many different parts of the world, I’ve been in the studio singing on the soundtracks of more than 120 movies and the albums of dozens of artists. 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 feels good actually to quantify and acknowledge the work done.
And it felt VERY good to get back on stage in autumn 2021, 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! It was pretty moving. 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!