Sunday, April 05, 2020

2020 is a mess

Well, it's been over a year - let's try again.

The world has changed into a very strange place with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the moment we in Melbourne are in lock down, with limited reasons allowed for going outside.

Currently I'm still presenting programs at 3MBS, albeit from tomorrow it will only be once a fortnight. But I'll still be working from home, re-packaging programs from last year for broadcast. There will now be only two programs per day presented live-to-air: Daybreak and Intermezzo, with the rest being recycled material.

I find when I'm not doing this editing work, I want to cook. The down side being that then I have to eat what I've cooked. Not a good combination with reduced physical activity. I'm trying to get in at least two walks a day, but this may become more difficult as the weather gets more unreliable.

I've started watching operas, and other performances, on YouTube and the newly created Melbourne Digital Concert Hall - certainly a great way of passing the time. One can only watch so many dramas on Netflix.

Photo: Botanic Gardens, April 3, 2010

Labels: ,

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Good intentions

I keep trying to resurrect this blog with not much success

Yesterday I caught up with Carl R. who's been in town since just before Xmas. He's done a few performances but I think it was mostly a family catch-up trip.

It was good to see him and we had a good natter.

Since last post I've taken on a new program, Singers & Songs, on Friday evenings. This can be a bit awkward as it clashes with St John's rehearsals, but it's easy enough to pre-record.

Andrew C, Dan and young Leland visited a couple of weeks ago. We took a ride on a City Circle tram which enabled us to have a reasonable chat.

Margaret has decided to take a tour to the Scottish islands and raised the possibility of the two of us spending some time in New York. This year is 40 years since our last visit together. It seems that the Jones Street Guesthouse is still in business, so that's an option. Anyway I need to get M's dates before I start booking things - all being well I'll spend some time in Britain (including the Brighton Festival) before we meet and head off to the US.

Watch this space.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Family lunch

Had a little excursion to Mordialloc today for lunch with Stewart and Suse. The food was good, and the catch-up even better.

Suse is doing very well after her op, and I discovered that they are in the first stages of fostering a child. This helps to explain her recent comments on Instagram about adding an extra for to their house.

Now on train home.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Concert preparation

Rehearsal on Monday night was at Sacred Heart. As I suspected, we spent so much time on the Duruflé that we didn't get to the Poulenc.

Then, unsurprisingly, we were asked if we minded another rehearsal tonight (Thursday). Virtually all agreed willingly.

On Tuesday Siobhan S came in to 3MBS to record a Reflections interview with Doug B. What a true delight she is, and smart.

Yesterday there was not much on the agenda, and this morning it was the last morning with Julie for a while. Adelle helped out and did very well.

Tonight is our last run through - AR indeed me today that Peter C will be joining the first tenors, which makes me very happy.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Montagues and Capulets

Friday night was the Victorian Opera concert performance of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. I got a seat in the balcony which was quite good. The performance was very good with Jessica Pratt as Giulietta, Caitlin Hulcup as Romeo and Carlos Bárcenas as Tebaldo.

Richard Mills conducted the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Doug K sang in the chorus.

Yesterday I went to 3MBS, lunching with Mariese and Stewart. Today was the crossword, and not a lot more.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Friday, September 14, 2018

Schubert, Strauss and Siobhan

Much as I was sorry to miss last night's concert from The Song Company (from all reports it was very good), I'm very glad I went to the concert at the MRC with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, featuring a selection of orchestral songs of Richard Strauss.

Siobhan S sang superbly displaying a wonderful control of her gorgeous voice, and amazing expression. It included one of the most beautiful performances of Morgen I think I've heard.

After interval the orchestra played an energetic Schubert Ninth. They really are a wonderful band.