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BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year Finalist

Good luck to my singing pupil Agatha who is one of 8 finalists in this year’s BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year. The finals will be held on Monday 12th October at St Martin-in-the Fields and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on October 22nd.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2015/42/young-choristers

BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month

I’m so proud of my singing pupils “The boys of King’s College Choir fully live up to their illustrious tradition and treble Tom Pickard in the ‘Pie Jesu’ sends shivers down the spine in the approved manner’. ‘The ‘Messe Basse’ is an absolute delight, the trebles Joshua Curtis and Adam Banwell matching their colleague in radiance of tone.’
Voices of radiance . A review of our Fauré Requiem disk by Roger Nichols.

also

“the treble soloist in the Pie Jesu, Tom Pickard, is so good I feel guilty already for not playing it to you”. Andrew McGregor on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review

King’s College Choir’s Australian Adventure

Sydney Morning Herald 

‘superbly polished vocal sound’

I have just spent a fun few weeks in Australia with the Choir of King’s College Cambridge. I am a very proud singing teacher and enjoyed seeing the enthusiastic response of Australian audiences>

Other reviews included……..
 bachtrack.com on Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia
‘most impressive of all, perhaps, was the treble’s solo ‘O dear white children’ where the purity of sound made it particularly affecting’.

Limelight Magazine said of the Britten ‘The substantial treble solo was handled with a terrific sense of line and the radiant solos on “O weep child weep” and “wear your tribulation like a rose” showed a maturity of musical expression rare in such young singers’.

Thanks to MusicaViva for looking after us so well.

BBC Singers CD release

Later this month NMC will release a BBC recording of Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom which I recorded with the BBC Singers/BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Small solos were taken by the BBC Singers, including myself.