It has been a year of many challenges but curiously it has also had hidden silver linings, some may say very hidden. I think we have had to seriously rethink about the way we teach, how we look after ourselves as teachers and performers and how we look after our student singers. I have had to prepare differently for online lessons, I have had to learn more about the ‘whole singer’, psychological, medical, spiritual and emotional elements.
I find it wonderful that there is still so much to learn and so many exciting developments. Of course I am sad and frustrated that I cannot sing in public and that my student concerts cannot happen, but I know when we do return to live music we will have to ‘up our game’ as the world has changed fast throughout this pandemic.