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My name is Alessandro and I am an Italian tenor and pianist. I live in Newmarket, Suffolk, and I teach Singing and Piano. I think mus...

Friday, 24 September 2021

Teaching

 Hello everybody!


I am finally back in Newmarket and it's time to restart with my lessons!

I've already met some of my students after the summer break and I look forward to seeing all of them and working together to help them to achieve their goals. If you are interested in Piano or Singing lessons, or you need help with music theory, or you are a singer who could use some help dealing with Italian and French or a hand to prepare new pieces, contact me and I will be happy to help!





I look forward to hearing from you!


Monday, 23 August 2021

Italy Italy Italy!

 Hi everybody,

I hope you are having a great summer!


I had quite an intense spring, going back to face-to-face lessons with most of my students, preparing exams with some of them (everybody did great!) and finally working on some new concert programs.

Then, after so long, I was finally able to go back home, see again my family and be on a stage performing with great colleagues! I had a few concerts in August but the most exciting one was a brand new English program: I sang the Michelangelo Sonnets by Benjamin Britten, the powerful 4 Hymns for tenor, viola and piano by Ralph Vaughan Williams and some of the very funny Just So Songs by Edward German. At the piano sat my adventuring companion Michele Bravin and for the Vaughan Williams an old friend of mine joined us, Corrado Cicuttin. Corrado and Michele also performed two pieces by Rebecca Clarke (if you don't know her, have a look here or here... she was a truly great composer and a viola player herself!).

By the way, Corrado and I went to High School together and he's been living in Austria for many years now. We were very happy to finally be able to do a concert together!


I have now another couple of concerts (including Mozart's Requiem) in my schedule - and a proper holiday finally! After that I'll be back to Newmarket and to my students in September.

I'm also working with my friend and colleague Alice Haylock on some new Newmarket Music Box meetings, so don't forget to visit the NMB's Facebook and Twitter pages, the website or the Instagram account @nmkmusicbox to hear about the news!


I hope you will enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to hearing from you!


Sunday, 21 February 2021

New Conferences with the Newmarket Music Box!

 Hi everybody!


It's been a while since the last time I posted something here... I spent the last few months in Italy, unexpectedly, but now I am finally back: new year, now home (always in Newmarket though) and a new series of events with the Newmarket Music Box!

3 online conferences with 3 new friends of the NMB: Ralph Woodward will share with us his experience as choir conductor dealing with composers in the realisation of new compositions; Alžbeta Greenwood-Byrne will introduce us to the wonders of the saxophone and Edward Whelan will guide us in understanding better the music of the 18th Century.


You can register for the talks here - there is just a small attendance fee of £5 per household - and you will receive all the instructions to join the Zoom meeting.

In a time when socialising and organising events is still difficult - if not impossible - I believe it's more important than ever to do what we can to stay close and share our passion and love for music. So join us for these events!

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Back to the UK

 Hi everybody!

After a summer when I could luckily enjoy the pleasure and joy of making again music together with wonderful colleagues and friends in Italy, I am back in the UK.
And here... the Newmarket Music Box is waiting for us! We organised a brand new series of online musical conferences, one per month, for the next 3 months. And there is another great news: we have a new friend!
Alice Haylock will do the first talk, on Sunday 25th October and I will do the second one, on Sunday 22nd of November. The last one will be on Sunday 13th December, with our new friend and wonderful singer Naomi Rogers. She was born and bred in Newmarket and we are so lucky she joined our team!




You will, of course, find more news here on my blog, but why not following the Newmarket Music Box on socials too?
Here are the Facebook and Twitter pages; the NMB is also on Instagram now: nmkmusicbox.
To attend the talks there is a small attendance fee of £5 per household. You can register and pay the fee here.

Come and join us!


Monday, 10 August 2020

Concerts again!

Hi everybody! It's been so long since the last time I posted something and I hope you are keeping well and safe!

The last few months have been one of the strangest periods in our lives, and our minds were quite busy trying to understand what was going on and how to go on in the best possible way, despite the stress, maybe fear, and the problems we all know very well now.

Many people found new ways of doing what they used to do, ways to get over the impossibility to meet other people, colleagues, friends, family. As musicians, we lost a lot of opportunities to make music and to play for an audience live, in a theatre, in a concert hall, or even in a living room. But now things are gradually getting better and better, and we shall be grateful for this, and very careful.

I came back to Italy nearly two months ago: I had, like all other teachers, to move my lessons online, so I tried to get the best out of this situation and I thought this would have been a wonderful opportunity to be at home with my family longer than usual. Finally, two weeks ago, I had my first concert after the lockdown. It was a very moving evening for me, the first opportunity to make music again with a great musician and friend, the pianist Alberto Miodini, and to sing again in my hometown for many friends and members of my family. It was amazing to feel the wonderful sensation of living the music together with so many people (well, not so many, as following the new rules to avoid the spreading of the virus, only half the seats available), so nice to feel again that incredible and magic connection between the artists performing and the audience. The theme of the concert was "Fathers and Sons" and we performed songs by Schubert, Loewe, Wolf, Mahler and Strauss which are about the relationship between a father and a son, and some songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and by Leopold, his father, and Franz Xaver, his son. Moreover, one of Alberto's friend, the composer Emilio Ghezzi, wrote for us a very beautiful piece, especially for this occasion.

Here you can listen to some of these songs:




Last Saturday I had a second concert, and that was something quite new to me. With Anna Viola and Raffaele Prestinenzi, we sang a selection from 3 musicals: The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and The Man of La Mancha. Anna and Raffaele were first Christine and Erik from The Phantom, then I was Tony and Anna Maria in West Side Story; finally, Raffaele gave his voice to Don Quichotte, Anna to Dulcinea, and I was the funny and faithful Sancho Panza. Michele Bravin played the piano and we had great fun!

Now I will still be teaching this week, and then finally I will take some weeks off (even though I will have some concerts to do). In September I will start with the lessons again, and the concert schedule is getting busier, as organizers are trying to make up for the events they had to cancel. I look forward to coming back to the UK, hoping to be able to meet soon my students and my friends!

Monday, 2 March 2020

Newmarket Music Box

Hi everybody,

yesterday we had a great Sunday at the March Newmarket Music Box meeting!
It was focused on Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, and I gave a talk about the opera and its context, plot and characters. I had a lot of fun preparing my speech, reading essays on Don Giovanni, listening to lots of recordings and choosing which examples and what excerpts play for the audience.
I also performed Don Ottavio's aria Dalla sua pace, with my good friend Cedric at the piano!
Here is a little excerpt from our performance:


We were very happy to meet some new people, attending our meetings for the first time, and we are already working for next month's event, taking place on April 5th. Stay tuned for more info!

The Newmarket Music Box is a music appreciation society I run with Alice Haylock, a clarinettist and music teacher. We organise a meeting every month: sometimes we set a theme and ask all the participants to suggest music related to it, or we organise talks like this one about Don Giovanni - but we are also planning a Salon Concert Series, with light concerts in people's living rooms, as they used to do before the spreading of the recordings and there was a piano in every home!

Please, find out more about the Newmarket Music Box and take a look at the Facebook and Twitter page and at our site!

Friday, 24 January 2020

Happy New Year!

Hi everybody,

it's been quite a while since my last post so first of all, let me wish you all the best in the New Year!


I spent the Christmas holiday back home in Italy, singing in some concerts with great colleagues and enjoying the time spent with my family and friends, and now I am back in Newmarket, ready for new musical adventures - not forgetting my wonderful students!

At the moment some interesting new projects are taking shape, but for now, let's start this 2020 with a piece of good news I am really excited about: on Saturday 4th April at 6 pm, I will perform Franz Schubert's Die Winterreise with the pianist Ralph Woodward at the Jesus College Chapel in Cambridge! I performed this incredibly beautiful song cycle many times in Italy, with my friend Michele Bravin and this will be the first time I can sing it here in the UK. This will be also my first song recital with Ralph (and I really hope the first of a long series), who is an amazing musician: I am honoured to have him at my side on this occasion!




I look forward to this concert and I hope to see you there!


Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ashley Christmas Concert

Hi everybody!

December is coming... and it's time for Christmas concerts!
Before going back to Italy to sing at a couple of events and spend the Christmas holidays with my family and friends, I will have the pleasure to sing again in Ashley with my good friend Cedric on Saturday 7th December at 7 pm.
We will perform some Italian Opera arias and Tosti songs in the first half and, in the second part, festive songs and Christmas carols.
Moreover, my student Cristina Aquino will join us to sing two very beautiful and popular songs. Don't miss it!




Check out the friends of Ashley church Facebook page and see you at the concert!

Monday, 28 October 2019

Venice!

Dear friends,

some 10 days ago I was again, after some years, in Venice for a concert!
The Italian pianist Francesca Cardone, who lives in Salzburg, invited me to join her for a concert dedicated to Franz Liszt and his relationship with Italy: she performed some piano pieces inspired by Italian art and literature (Raffaello and Dante) and together we did the 3 Sonnets by Petrarca set to music by Liszt in the 1840s.
These 3 pieces are written in a style quite close to the Italian Opera, and as Liszt was a great pianist himself - one of the greatest ever indeed - also the piano part is very interesting.
Here you can listen to the second Sonnet, I' vidi in terra, first read by Anna, then performed by Francesca and me.

We had the great honor to perform in the wonderful Palazzo Grimani, which was the Doge's family Palace and today is a wonderful museum. It was a great emotion to sing in the hall on the first floor, with the big windows on the Canale on one side and on the Palace's court on the other.








Saturday, 5 October 2019

Fundraising Concert for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

Hi everybody!

A new fundraising event is organised by my friend Cedric Ghevaert - like every year, on the last Sunday of October Cedric invites lots of musician, professionals and amateurs, to perform and raise funds for a different charity. This time the money raised with tickets and donations will go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

I will perform some songs with Cedric and the beautiful Ave Maria for voice and organ written by Battista Pradal with the great organist Anne Page; there will be the Stagecoach Newmarket choir, members of the Newmarket Chamber Orchestra and many others!

Join us on Sunday 27th October at 4 pm at All Saints Church: tickets are on sale for £10 from Sweet's Newsagent in Newmarket or online. Tickets will also be available on the door for £15.

See you there!



Saturday, 21 September 2019

Next events

Good morning!

I'm very happy to invite you to a couple of events which will take place during the next weekend:

Saturday 28th September at 7.30 pm there will be an Italian Evening at St Mary's church in Cheveley to raise funds for the upkeep of the building.
I will be there helping to set the "Italian mood" singing some songs with my good friend Cedric Ghevaert:



The following day, Sunday 29th, there will be the first Newmarket Music Box meeting after the summer stop!


Beethoven and the Prog Rock group U.K.: what do they have in common?
They say that everyone in the world can be linked by no more than 6 connections: join us while I will take you through the six degrees of separation between Beethoven's 9th Symphony and U.K.'s In the Dead of Night!
Who knows the way which will lead us at the end of the path... Come at 101 Duchess drive, CB88AL at 2.30 pm next Sunday and you will find it out (and, of course, enjoy some cake...)!
Here's the link to the Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/496573107568547/

and to the Newmarket Music Box site:
https://newmarketmusicbox.wixsite.com/mysite

Music and food... How can't you join us?
Hope to see you there!