Milton Court Rehearsal Room 3
Médée – a workshop session
An open class devised by Marie Vassiliou (vocal), Sue Dent (instrumental) and Dinah Stabb (drama) exploring the three-way exchange between singing, instrumental and drama expertise, focused around Clérambault’s dramatic cantata of 1710, Médée and involving Guildhall School students from the Historical Performance department and Guildhall graduate actors.
For many years, Susan Dent’s specialism in period instruments and historically informed performance, in addition to the valved horn, involved her in extensive concert work and recording worldwide. She was Principal Horn of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the English Baroque soloists, and played regularly with other UK period and modern orchestras and ensembles. She is now happily settled in her working life as a teacher first and foremost, including the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, The Royal College of Music Junior Department, Trinity Laban and the Purcell School. As time allows, she still plays with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields as a longstanding member, The City of London Sinfonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and The Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Dinah Stabb has been a professional actor since 1970. She has been a member of both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and has extensive TV credits. During the last 10 years she has combined this with directing and teaching at the School. She works with young musicians to enable them to play with confidence and ease in performance. She is the Chairperson of the Advisory Board to the ‘Ecole des Ecoles’, the Association of European Drama Schools. Dinah has been involved in a collaborative teaching project at the School since 2009, encouraging connections to be forged between the Music and Drama departments. Dinah is a Creative Director of the Innovative Conservatoire.
Lyric soprano Marie Vassiliou has performed widely in the UK, including all major London concert venues. She has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 4 & Radio France and made numerous recordings. Noted for her versatility, her operatic work has taken her across Europe and she has had two operas written for her this year. She is particularly noted for her work in Baroque & Contemporary repertoire and has taught at the Guildhall since 2005.
Guildhall School students and graduate actors:
Roberta Diamond, soprano
Jenni Harper, soprano
Euncho Yeom, recorder
Fred Lancaster, actor Rose Reynolds, actor