Be true to your own creative voice

by Jan 6, 2018

One of the lessons I have learnt over and over again through my career has been the importance of honouring your own voice, your own perspective and your own self-expression. In order to do this, you must pay close attention to your creative intuition, and have the courage to back yourself.

In my own experience, it is easy to undermine yourself, to question your ability and to try to please others, however, as a creative spirit, the most valuable path is one of expressing yourself honestly.

I encourage you to keep searching at all times for your own personal creative expression – your true creative voice…and enjoy this process of discovery.

 

Paying attention to your physical and emotional responses is a way into discovering your true creative voice.

Try something out and see how it interacts with you physically and emotionally…notice how your body responds…listen to your emotional reaction.

Experiment with another option – a different colour, phrase direction, character – and notice what impact this has on you physically or emotionally. How does it compare to the first time?

Try another option, again noticing your reactions. With practice, objectively noticing your reactions, you will become more finely tuned to your physical and emotional intelligence, and your body will be able to guide you more authentically in your creative exploration and decision making.

 

Building Confidence

RNZ Concert asked me for advice around confidence, and in particular if it can be built. I believe it can. You can read what I had to say about it all on their website: Confidence Tricks - some tips for musical performance facebook LinkedIn Instagram

Effort, Age and Survival  

It is over a month since my last blog post and with the 6 weeks that have passed, we are well and truly in mid-summer here in Central Otago.

I have been systematically working through the 10 sonatas, regularly inspired by the awesome landscapes outside my window, and accompanied by my trusty sidekick – Coco the cat.

It turns out one of the biggest current challenges is physical fatigue…

A reset from the inside out

Having previously performed 6 of the 10 sonatas more than 20 years ago, it has been a lovely process coming back to the familiar, as well as discovering the new. Primarily due to the work I have been doing over the last 2 years getting to the nitty-gritty of my performance philosophies, these incredibly pristine works of Beethoven are proving to be an absolute gift for me.

Where to from here?

The next three months are super exciting for me, with 3 concerts confirmed in Mid-Feb 2020 for the performance of all 10 Beethoven sonatas within three days…and all in my new gorgeous neighbourhood of Central Otago.

It’s quite possible that I am naïve to the full enormity of this project – but one thing is for sure, sinking my teeth into these works again is a true treat, and the magnitude of the project is just what I am now needing at this point in my life.

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