I have always loved beautiful antiques (and was very fond of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow as a little girl!), so when I was invited to perform at the magnificent Lyon & Turnbull auction house in Edinburgh I leapt at the chance.
The event – organised by the University of St Andrews Development Office – was intended to promote the strong bonds between the University and its alumni and friends, in St Andrews, Edinburgh and further afield. The University’s Scholarship String Quartet began the evening with wonderful performances of everything from Bach through to Lady Gaga, which were followed by talks from the Lyon & Turnbull team and a speech given by the University’s Director of Music, Dr Michael Downes, highlighting the wealth of musical opportunity available in St Andrews.
I then took to the stage to perform a programme based on the themes of “glamour” and the “coquette”, accompanied by Jakub Gutkowski. We began with Zerlina’s arias from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, followed by Musetta’s cheeky waltz from Puccini’s La Bohème and finally Marguerite’s fantastic Jewel song from Gounod’s Faust. Performing this last number was an absolute joy, as the auction house had loaned me the Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair’s amethyst jewellery for the performance. “Ah, je ris” indeed! I later found out that the Marchioness and her family had been great lovers of classical music and choral singing, which was rather nice to know (more information on the necklace I wore can be found here: http://www.lyonandturnbull.com/news-article/queens-companions-select-jewellery-collection-june-gordon-4th-marchioness-aberdeen-and). We ended the programme with Eliza’s delightful song “I could have danced all night” from My Fair Lady – and then joined the mingling for a glass of wine and a canapé.
It was a fantastic evening and I was delighted to have been involved. As an alumna of the University of St Andrews, it’s great to know about the brilliant work done by the Development Office and Alumni team – and I will certainly be keeping an eye out for upcoming events!