As the Opera Dudes we are known for our mix of great singing and humour, IL Divo meets Morecambe & Wise. So it came as a surprise to our ardent followers that we were putting on an ultra serious song recital at the Nottingham's Boys High School. Tim and I have always had a passion for English Song Singing and once a year we like to indulge by setting up a concert.
This year we were in the grand surroundings of the Nottingham Boys High School, performing in the Lady Carol Djanogly room. Joining us was a Polish Mezzo Soprano called Agarta Smicht one of the students of Michelle Wegwart the musical director of the Magdala and the professor of voice at the Bastille in Paris. She also has the unfortunate task of teaching both Tim and I, how lucky she is?
I was introduced to English song singing at the tender age of 30 and was captivated by the art form from the minute I started to sing it. I was initially surprised by my enthusiasm for singing this repertoire considering I had only ever listed to the pop music of the 70's 80's 90's up until that point.
English song had a wealth of fabulous composers and poets writing the most wonderful songs, but sadly today song singing has fallen out of fashion and it is difficult to raise an audience in Nottingham. It seems today very few people want to come and listen to the naked voice being supported by just the piano.
As it turned out there were 50 in the audience who had a wonderful evening, listening to some truly splendid singing and some wonderful piano solo works played by Tim Lole. Then sharing a glass of Pimms in the interlude, outside on the terrace in the warmth of a summer evening! A truly english event and a nice way to finish the end of July before we all went away on holiday.