Debut at the Royal Festival Hall

This month saw my debut at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Before the Firebird. The piece was commissioned by the LPO from the amazing composer Paul Rissmann and I joined him as performer and singer in this piece which is based on the story which precedes the famous Stravinsky Firebird.

Getting to sing with a 90 piece orchestra in such a famous concert hall was certainly a bucket list event and I will remember it forever.

We’re BACK!!

It’s been an amazingly busy weekend but I am so happy to announce that we are back on stage!

This weekend we performed our, very sadly cancelled, production of Iolanthe at the Maltings Theatre in the Roman Amphitheatre in St Albans on Sunday. On Monday I also got to perform with two of my favourite colleagues, Phil Lee & Matthew Kellett in Charles Court Opera’s new show Express G&S, devised by John Savournin & David Eaton. The show is a madcap murder mystery as we take on a multitude of characters, uncover clue upon red herring, while ripping through the G&S operettas with a cake soaked butter knife.

It’s been completely exhausting but amazing to be back on stage after a year & two months of virtually no stage shenanigans. We’re back to St Albans on the 16th & 17th June with Iolanthe & then doing a run of Express G&S at the Pleasance Theatre in North London at the end of the month before heading off on tour. If you would like to see either of these shows or see where we’re touring to the have a look HERE.

Help support Charles Court Opera

So, I’m very sorry to say that the production of Iolanthe at the Kings Head Theatre with Charles Court Opera has had to close due to the continuing health crisis. I was playing the role of Celia and having a jolly good time running around dressed as a fairy. We had just managed to do 4 preview performances before the Prime Minister decided, quite rightly, to recommend the closure of theatres, pubs and other public venues until the threat of Covid-19 had settled somewhat. We are now in limbo waiting to hear when things might begin to return to normal. However, we have not been idle. In order to encourage people to support the arts during this unprecedented crisis we have created this brilliant video. Please consider donating to CCO. They have been a wonderful company to work for and it would be an utter tragedy if they were to go under.

So…without further ado…Hail Quarantine:

Before the Firebird with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

I am thrilled to announce that I will be performing as singer and narrator of a new commission by the LPO: Before The Firebird. Written by the amazing composer Paul Rissmann with words by librettist Hazel Gould, this dazzling prequel to The Firebird by Stravinsky tells the story of an evil King, a magical bird and 13 sisters. I am so excited to perform this piece with the full orchestral magic of the LPO and marks my debut at London’s Royal Festival Hall. So come along and listen to our tale on the 3rd of May at 12pm. Tickets available Here.

More Panto with Charles Court Opera

Morning everyone.

I am very happy to announce that I am back at the Kings Head in Islington this panto season, performing with Charles Court Opera in their hilarious Nativity panto.

I can’t give too much away but I play three very different characters in this brilliant reworking of the traditional Nativity story. I have some hilarious lines penned by the great John Savournin and David Eaton & dressed in costumes by Mia Wallden and Catrin Short Thyrsson I’ve never looked more Festive.

Book your tickets while you can as they are selling out fast.

Tickets HERE.

It’s so festive, you’ll think that you’ve woken up at the North Pole.

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