Telling people what I do for a living is generally met with a degree of interest – sometimes even fascination – and I always get asked plenty of questions – about what precisely I do, how ‘it works’, my thoughts about particular performances or artists and even more specific questions relating to voices and singing technique when I talk about my work as a voice teacher. It always strikes me how many people have thoughts, experiences and opinions about opera and classical singing – from the seasoned opera-goer, aspiring student and amateur/semi-pro singer at one end of the scale to those who don’t proactively follow the art-form but couldn’t help be moved by Nessun Dorma at Italia ’90 and other of the opera greats that crop-up on TV and in the media at the other. It’s these conversations over the years that have inspired me to embrace the 21st century and start my blog.

So who am I? I shall try and refrain from giving a long biography (please check-out my website for this!). In short, I am a baritone from London and could describe myself as being in the ‘Journeyman’ stage of my career. I’ve undergone intense and drawn-out training, from a music degree at Cambridge through to vocal and opera studies in London and Belgium and continue to hone my craft with leading teachers and coaches. I’ve already performed with many opera companies and opera houses, both big and small, in the UK and other European countries, and enjoy a busy time on the concert circuit which takes me all over the UK from small rural settings to major London concert halls. In addition to this I spend several hours each week teaching singing to talented teenagers and adults, diagnosing and correcting their technical issues, exploring the riches of classical vocal music with them and helping them with matters of confidence, motivation and mindset.

So I’m neither fresh out of college, nor am I a celebrated opera star or distinguished professor of voice, but inhabit that area between the two. I’m regularly being sent to far-flung and at times random places to audition for roles. I’m constantly thinking about what I do and re-evaluating elements of my ‘package’, as well as trying to keep things fresh for my students and I often experience the highs and lows of this at times precarious, but ultimately most rewarding profession.

This blog is my chance to voice my thoughts, ideas and observations about singing, music and opera-related matters and beyond.