I’m singing at The Victoria Room’s Sunday Night Carnival on 27 July, and I’m so excited.
I’ll be doing The Habanera and The Seguidilla from Bizet’s Carmen, amongst a host of other exciting acts, including an aerialist, a trapeze artist and a magician.
It’s a gorgeous venue, and a really lovely way to spend a Sunday evening – even when it’s cold and dreary outside, it’s warm and delicious inside. You sink into the couches with a drink, sit back, relax and enjoy the free entertainment.
It was suggested originally to be me by a resident at one of the nursing homes I sing at, who is not elderly himself, but disabled, and awaiting suitable accommodation. I recorded the Habanera, screwed up the courage and emailed the booking agent and… voila!
Here’s a link to the venue (Level 1, 235 Victoria Rd, Darlinghurst), please come along, as it will be faaabulous!
Belinda McGlynn and I were performing at Montefiore Homes in Hunters Hill yesterday, and were approached before the show by a lovely gentleman called John, who used to be a singer himself (light baritone). He asked about our repertoire, and saw we were doing a couple of Ivor Novello songs. Then, amazingly, he said, ‘Oh, I met Ivor several times when I was a singer. I sang in his shows. He was very tall, very dark, very handsome and very gay…’ I was completely blown away. How incredible, to be there, singing Ivor Novello songs to someone who knew him and sang his work when it was contemporary. After hearing that John has also been a solider in WWII, we quickly changed our program, adding ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ and removing ‘O Sole Mio’.
Danny Boy, sung by Eliane Morel with Josephine Tam on piano
Of the four songs we recorded on 19 June, this was, surprisingly, the hardest. It’s so beautiful, requires such depth of feeling and delicacy, but also needs a consistently beautiful tone and therefore stacks of support. Andrew Covell, our recording engineer, was so helpful in getting me to achieve this.
Eliane Morel singing La Vie en Rose with Josephine Tam on piano
I’ve been singing ‘La vie en rose’ to a lovely French lady in one of the Nursing Homes I visit. She loves it, and we sometimes sing it 10 times in one sitting, getting louder and louder and attracting more and more attention as we go. I’ve read that this was one of the first songs Edith Piaf wrote the lyrics for, and she was at first discouraged from singing it, as people around her thought it wouldn’t be popular… but of course it went on to be her signature tune.
O Sole Mio sung by Eliane Morel, piano by Josephine Tam
After recording three songs, we had some time left to record this one – and had a bit of fun with O sole mio. Recording fun with Josephine Tam on piano and Andrew Covell on the recording control panel.
Well, it’s been a busy month, May! Just after the scintillatingly spectacular ‘Sisters in Song’ at Sacred Spaces (how sibilant was that?) on May 4th, I teamed up again with Josephine Tam to sing at Paddington Presbyterian Aged Care – for a Mother’s Day concert on May 8th, and then again at the end of the month on May 29th. Belinda McGlynn and I also performed a concert at Montefiore in Hunters Hill on April 28th, which served as a rehearsal for the Sacred Spaces gig, but was also highly successful in its own right.
Two fabulous new costumes were aired (thanks to Charing Cross St Vinnies and the Chapel by the Sea seconds shop), but more importantly, new material – duets from Cosi Fan Tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Hansel and Gretel and West Side Story, a new Strauss song from the movie The Great Waltz – ‘One Day When We Were Young’, La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf – did you know she actually wrote the words!), By the light of the silvery moon, I can give you the starlight *(Ivor Novello)… and Josie did a wonderful performance of ‘Poor Wandering One’ from The Pirates of Penzance, and the ‘Doll Song’ from Tales of Offenbach
We made people laugh and cry, but as always, the pleasure was mutual. I can’t express how much happiness I get from giving a great concert that brings such joy to people’s faces.
From Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Susanna (Eliane) and the Countess (Laura) sing the ‘Letter Duet’ where they plot to thwart the Count’s nefarious plans…