SOMETHING ABOUT MY MUSICAL LIFE
My musical life started as a treble singing in various amateur choirs in Oxford: the Co-op choir (run by the amazing Mrs Wilkinson) and All Saints Church choir. It was Mrs Kirby my teacher for the violin who really nurtured my taste for music. I ended up leading County and University orchestras and playing concertos.
After post graduate study at 2 music colleges, it was an absolute a privilege to sing in professional opera choruses such as the Royal Opera House, the Bayreuth Festival, and at La Scala Milan.
I am very lucky to have sung, in various solo roles (Cenerentola, Magic Flute, Eugene Onegin, etc) and especially in Opera gala evenings on the magnificent ship the QE2 on her passage to New York.
Singing on the soundtracks in the chorus parts for the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars (2005 at Abbey Road) and meeting the composers John Williams and Howard Shore was fantastic.
I founded various community opera/music companies : Co-Opera (1992. Eugene Onegin) in London, Bloomsbury Opera (1994. Producing the Magic Flute in an open-air swimming pool) in Central London, Klaster Studios sro in Prague (2009+) and Project Nepomuk (2017+) in Liverpool and Nepomuk, Czech Republic.
Project Nepomuk involved conducting my new opera ‘Nepomuk‘ in Liverpool in 2018 and singing at the Frantiskovy Lazne Literary Festival and on Czech Radio.
This initiative is being continued through wellness and music projects through my company Aquawebb Ltd, connecting to my house in Klaster Nepomuk, Czech Republic.
Music, as an essential mode of communication, is central to my beliefs.