2015 – Glyndebourne Academy
‘I had absolutely no formal training in music or singing before December 2014. I landed in the UK on 12 December that year and since then I have been having regular lessons with Robert Alderson, starting with the basics of music theory and vocals. I had never worked in a music school-like environment before. I really wanted experience how it felt to be a music student with other fellow musicians and top-grade teachers.’
‘I got to know about Glyndebourne Academy through my teacher Dr. Robert Alderson, who insisted that I should give it go. Later, when I researched it on the internet, I understood the whole structure of the course, the nature of the work and activities that we will be expected to do. I knew that getting into the Academy would definitely bring about some positive changes in my voice, my learning curve, my technical understanding and work ethic.’
‘The most important things that I took back with me are the invaluable experiences – new methods to go about learning repertoire, the importance of understanding a new language in all its details, the importance of physical well-being and overall fitness and realising how much of a direct impact it has on our singing, how to work in team and time management; pretty much everything important pertaining to singing. And last but not least, I made wonderful new friends as you get to know them as a person and as a musician, both participants and teachers, as you learn so much just observing them work.’
Joint winner with William Rennie of the Gus Christie Award, 2016 . Photo: James Bellorini
‘I have just begun with my 2nd year of postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Since Glyndebourne, I have performed Handel’s Messiah in Manchester and studied and performed the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni at Buxton Fringe Festival and Bowden Opera Festival.
At RAM I have been studying under Prof. Mark Wildman and Prof. Audrey Hyland. I had the opportunity to perform in their opera scenes concert and be part of the chorus in the Royal Academy Opera production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night. I also had the opportunity to perform songs from A Shropshire Lad in a concert dedicated to commemorate Wilfred Owen and Rabindranath Tagore.
I recently performed at Royal Opera House, Mumbai at the Celebratory Gala Concert on the occasion of its reopening in India.
I have also been accepted into the Royal Academy Opera for Advanced Diploma which will commence in September 2017.’
Information last updated 11/01/2017