Today was incredible! London is such an amazing place!!! Jess, Olivia, and I have been living it up on our first day. We have walked around the neighborhood several times (one of those times was an accident due to our inability to navigate with a map…..). I have to say the highlight of the day, other than watching Jessica function with an hour and a half of sleep, was our visit to the park. There is an incredible park about three or four blocks away from the hotel. Words cannot describe this place. There were families playing soccer, sitting on the grass, walking around with their pets, and, most importantly, feeding the HUGE GEESE! There were tons of ducks and geese that were feasting on the infinite amount of bread crumbs. It was such a cool sight! We ended our day with some pub grub and Phase 10. Overall, the first day here was pretty incredible. Can’t wait to report more!
We landed safely in London a few hours ago, and we are very jet-lagged! Luckily we found a nice cafe around the corner and had a wonderful English breakfast. We wandered down the street and made it in time to go to mass at St. Matthews Cathedral. It was very beautiful and quite rewarding. We’re going to relax for a bit in our hotel rooms now before heading back out to town to do some more sight-seeing! Stay tuned for more updates!
-Jessica, Michael, Olivia
Here we are about to leave from IND -> PHL -> LONDON! We are all very excited and can’t wait to see what London will have in store! We have a great itinerary planned for us, and we will tell you more when that happens! Wish us a safe flight, and we will check back soon!
-Jessica, Michael and Olivia
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.