When not performing and teaching, I am a keen (some would say manic) gardener, I love cooking (Italian, Spanish, Magyar, you name it), I read a lot (especially nineteenth-century novels), and I am an inveterate haunter of junk-shops. Finding space for plants, books and “stuff” is a never-lessening problem.
Music and Singing
Si parla, si canta www.siparlasicanta.org
Come and spend the month of June in the charming town of Urbania in the Italian Marches, and take part in this wonderful summer programme. Mornings are spent on Italian language, afternoons on Italian vocal repertoire. Coaching with the wonderful Bob Cowart, diction supremo at the Met Young Artists' Program since its inception, Benton Hess, Senior Lecturer at the Eastman Conservatoire, Nicole Cabell, Winner of Cardiff Singer of the World 2005, great Swedish baritone Håkan Hagegård, great Rossini tenor Chris Merritt, world-famous Italian coach Enza Ferrari, PLUS fabulous Alexander Technique lessons, excursions, ample performance opportunities, great restaurants ...
Favourite colleagues - The Locrian Ensemble
Dartington International Summer School - the best!
For refugees from BBC Radio 3, try Bartók Radio from Hungary (click on ÉLÕADÁS and enjoy trying to understand the announcements)
Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust, a wonderful music therapy organisation
ARCOS, a marvellous charity helping people with all kinds of communication problems
Maproom Recordings, an excellent recording studio in Oxford - friendly, high-quality, reasonable charges
Mad about plants?
For "plantaholics" (like me)
The best public garden
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The best private garden
Mad about books?
Mad about art?
Budapest, my favourite city: