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Hitting the High Notes

04 February 2010

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Students from the International Academy of Voice at Cardiff University open their spring season of events with a Song Recital featuring works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Grieg on Friday 5 February 2010.

Open to the general public, the Song Recital entitled "Songs from the Exotic" is an opportunity to hear some exceptional talent up-close and personal in the intimate setting of Birchwood House the Academy’s home in Penylan, Cardiff.

Reflecting the truly international nature of the Academy, this first recital of the year features Mexican Soprano, Ana Schwedhelm, British Mezzo-Soprano, Miranda Westcott and fellow antipodeans Carleen Ebbs (New Zealand) and Richard Lane (Australia). Michael Pollock will be accompanying the students on the piano.

Commenting on the event, Ana Schwedhelm said: "I love performing this beautiful undervalued type of repertoire. The art-form evolved from people singing in their drawing rooms to friends and family. It still has that same intimacy and complicity between audience and performers, which is slightly scary for the performer but at the same time magical. It is half-way between recitation, storytelling and a sonata for voice and piano. Each set of songs we are performing transports you to a different world, to a different time. In the Mendelssohn songs I sing, you have gone from a love invitation to reflection at the end of a life to witches dancing around the fire!"

Public performances of both song repertoire and operatic works are an integral part of the student’s training at the Academy giving them the opportunity to show the results of hours of dedicated practice. Academy students can also be heard this spring performing in a masterclass with international conductor, Carlo Rizzi on 23 February and in an Operatic Gala on 12 March. The second and final Song Recital will take place on 5 March.

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