I think that pursuing a career in the performing arts is a challenge in itself. Finding the most suitable singing teacher, learning how to sing, auditioning at a conservatoire, finding yourself as an artist, learning to deal with disappointment, coping with time pressures, being away from home, finding an agent, handling social media and, of course, performing well – this career is a huge never-ending journey.
I believe it should always be about making sure you provide the best possible experience for the audience
Because my career has been so varied I tend not to hear distinctions between musical genres, but am only interested in whether the music connects with me
I feel happy that after 20 or so years of performing and recording as a completely freelance singer, I still come away from my work loving it and wanting to do more.
Giving people experiences of learning and listening are some of the most exciting prospects of my job as a composer
Our repertoire is vast – it is one of the reasons the four of us love playing quartets. We play music from all eras, and especially enjoy playing traditional repertoire alongside contemporary music. But one composer whose works we return to again and again is Bartók.