Jacobs School students use spring break to travel to the Royal College of Music for study

In a novel twist to their spring break, three Jacobs School of Music singers — Jessica Beebe (Masters student in Early Music and voice), Olivia Savage (Performance Diploma student in voice) and Michael Porter (Masters student in voice) — will travel to London’s Royal College of Music for an intensive week of study during the final preparations for Handel’s opera Riccardo Primo. The production is part of an annual collaboration between the Royal College and the esteemed London Handel Festival, now in its 20th year, that matches RCM singers with Festival instrumentalists.

Jessica Beebe, Olivia Savage and Michael Porter have been observing rehearsals for the RCM/London Handel Festival production of Riccardo Primo conducted by Laurence Cummings, receiving coaching from RCM professors Eiddwen Harrhy and Jonathan Kenny and watching rehearsals for this Friday’s Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir concert, conducted by RCM Head of Historical Performance Ashley Solomon.

This unique opportunity — with an immersion in Handel studies, the chance to meet talented, like-minded individuals, who come to the Royal College from around the world, and an opportunity to sample London’s cultural highlights — has been made possible in part by a very generous gift from the Georgina Joshi Foundation. The Jacobs School of Music is deeply grateful to the Georgina Joshi Foundation for continuing to support meaningful and life-changing opportunities for its students.

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