Star Gazing


Star curtain

Lord Horatio looking you up once more. Lately I have been gazing at the stars – not through my giant antique brass telescope – but through a veritable kaleidoscope of glittering talent.

Stepping gingerly out of my nostalgic comfort zone I was delighted to discover there are some truly outstanding young entertainers waiting in the wings. The first name to mention is budding opera diva Nicola Said.

I have to confess I was astounded that such a powerful voice could burst forth from such a petite frame. Since making her professional début singing Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) at West Green House Opera, Hook, in 2015, the Maltese soprano is in big demand.

Far be it from me to try and twist your arm, but I thoroughly recommend you hear her sing as soon as possible. Lady Winifred and I just adore her and a quick look through her past and future appearances at  her website is time well spent. She is utterly charming in person too.

Another rising star we have been privileged to meet is young actress Georgie Oulton who almost stole the show when she made her big stage debut as Jane Fairfax in Emma at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford. We were utterly entranced. She was able to convey the full emotional torment of her character’s secret love with real intensity. Definitely one to watch out for. Find out more here

Indeed it is most gratifying to find such a plethora of up and coming talent. Among is also Arun Silva from Camberley in Surrey. The founder of Silvamedia, he is an accomplished organist, classically trained singer (bass), film maker, videographer & Web/IT consultant. Modest, unassuming and brimming over with good humour this polymath will be bringing joy to the world for years to come. Do catch up with him

Enthused by all this creativity I have resolved to help a youngster achieve their full potential. My attention has focused on a bundle of raw energy close to home, namely Whimsy my faithful Spaniel. Over the past few weeks I have been teaching him to sing with, it has to be said, mixed results. While he has been able to howl along to such hits as Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog by Elvis Presley and Human by Rag’n’Bone Man it is not terribly tuneful. I fear his light will have to remain under a sizeable bushel for now!

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