I returned to the East Neuk last week for some musical activity, which began with a coaching session from the University’s Honorary Professor of Singing Brian Bannatyne-Scott on Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. I am greatly looking forward to playing Governess – she is an absolutely fascinating character! We were joined by Rebecca Anderson (Mrs Grose) to look at the various scenes in which the two women interact, including “The Welcome” and “The Letter”. It was great working with Brian; he really helped us to build the relationship between Governess and Mrs Grose, which in turn influenced the way we performed our parts.
I also picked up my copy of Bach’s Mass in B Minor in preparation for The Kellie Consort’s performances in April. I am delighted to join Kellie as a soloist (as well as taking part in the magnificent choruses) and am enjoying discovering more about performing Bach!
As always, it’s wonderful to see so much fantastic music going on in St Andrews, involving both professionals and students. I even managed to catch a “Friday lunchtime recital” by the vocal students of my former singing teacher Jonathan May; the performances were brilliant and the repertoire choices very exciting. I look forward to my next visit!