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Summer Season 2008!!!

October 1st, 2008

Alas, 6 months have passed since my last Blog Entry…

On the eve of October, when the Devil is said to spit, or worse pee, on the Blackberries, I am revealing all.

Here are 10 of the Best from Bee’s Summer Season!

  • Birmingham!!!  Performances at both Symphony Hall, with RAF Voluntary Bands, and the National Indoor Arena to launch the Yonex Badminton World Championships.


shipleycroydonbirmingham-010.jpgInside the NIA, Birmingham

  • Belinda in May – Shaftesbury.  Back on my stomping ground to launch a series of Westcountry performances.  Thank you to Tony for all your hard work to make this Event such a success.  Can’t wait to come back!


  • Dubai‘s  40Ëš heat  offered the sun worshipper in me total SAD therapy, not to mention wonderful company, food, relaxation and A Night at the Opera.  (Feel the need to go again now to recharge the batteries before another British winter… :( )



  • Opera UK Tour, to the lesser known gems of the Emerald Isle, before returning home to round off Così fan tutte.  An absolute joy – singing Mozart, accompanied by String Quartet, travelling around Ireland in Springtime.  We even had the chance to bottle-feed some greedy lambs…



  • THE BIG 30…  My 30th Birthday Celebrations…In honesty, I was unsure as to how I would cope with reaching this landmark figure.  Fortunately, the celebrations, the love of family and friends, and a vast amount of red wine certainly softened the blow!!! Included a ‘family’ party at home, a ‘friends’ party in London, and my favourite thing, a Fly Past by 2 Lynx Helicopters!!!  Now that was something!  And, they tell me 30 is the new 20 anyway…



  • A weird and wonderful smattering of recitals and concerts including performances at Shipley Festival, Somerton Festival, Weston- super-Mare Winter Gardens, and Drapers Hall with ensembles including Croydon Bach Choir and Wincanton Choral Society.



  • Picnic in the Park, Melksham Golf Course. We were blessed with beautiful sunshine following a series of wet weekends.  A Firework Display to rival all others, a truly great Open Air Event, and a chance to sing all my favourites songs in the World.



  • Pirates of Penzance, Buxton Opera House.  Following an initial visit to this wonderful venue back in May with Opera UK, it was my goal to spend more time working at this beautiful theatre.  And the chance came along in August with Charles Court Opera‘s fuel-filled production.  Three words best describe it: Pirates, Parasols and Paracetamol.



  • Pirates was closely followed in September by more Operetta in the form of Lehar’s Die Lustige Witwe with Pavilion Opera.  Learning the role of Valencienne forced a resurrection of my GCSE German, and really gave me something to get my teeth into.  And that’s before we even started on the fish-netted,  Can-Canning Grisetten…



In summary, I have embraced a summer of Wonderful Venues, Forging Friendships, and Vocal and Physical Health. I can approach Autumn having had an injection of fun and laughter, self belief and faith in why I do what I do.

I have also been fortunate enough to celebrate many friends’ weddings and would like to re-iterate my joy at the birth of three more bouncing babies!  Trips to the South of France, Lyon and Brighton have interspersed and I have caught up with many old friends.

And this Autumn promises to be an exciting one.

Watch this space and keep an eye on that Gigs page!

Meanwhile I’m off to pick those Blackberries…

Cosi Fan Tutte – Opera UK

November 12th, 2007


Wow! After an incredibly intensive 6-day rehearsal period, myself and my friends at Opera UK gave our first performance of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte last night at Blackheath Halls, London for a special Remembrance performance.
Am so relieved and now can’t wait for the rest of the tour. :) So good to be back into the ‘Swing’ of things after leaving Phantom and having the opportunity to sing some Mozart is always such a treat!
Keep an eye out for it at a theatre near you next Spring!

We have a fantastic cast, all of whom I’ve had the previous pleasure of working with, and we are now intending to relax into it and enjoy ourselves.

The tour starts this week in Preston Lancs., dates as follows…

November 15th, 16th and 17th at 7.30pm, also Saturday 17th matinee at 2.30pm
Charter Theatre, Preston.
Box Office 10am – 5.30pm.
Tel 0845 344 2012 or online.
Tickets £16.50 and £18.00 (Thurs and Sat matinee) £17.50 and £19.00 (Fri and Sat evening)
Groups of 10 or more: £2 OFF with 1 free ticket per 10
Signed performance for the deaf Thurs evening.

Picture this – you and your best friend are in love with two sisters who are deeply in love with you. However, another friend says they would be unfaithful given half the chance. “No!” you both cry. A bet is laid, if you go away they’ll cheat on you – cosi fan tutte – “that’s what they all do.” So, off you go to the army, but the plan is that you come back in disguise to seduce each other’s lover. Do they forget you? Do they fall in love all over again with these new strangers? Is that what they all do?

Director Jane McCulloch, sets the opera in the summer of 1914, the last carefree days before the Great War broke out and youthful innocence will be lost forever….


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