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FJ (aka Fiona Jessica Wilson) was brought up by classical musicians and read Modern Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge where she was awarded a soprano choral scholarship. For the past ten years she has been working in light entertainment, touring the world with her one-woman show Bon Voyage: from opera to popera to broadway. She is now based in Suffolk and presents a weekly radio show Get Classical with FJ on ICR 105.7FM & online at icrfm.com. She continues to tour her one-woman show with a mission to build a bigger and less elitist classical music audience.

Letters Over Numbers

I wasn’t very good at maths at school.  Really bad, in fact.  Bottom group for me, but still, we had a whole load of fun in our class and there was something I did kind of grasp: algebra (I’ve always favoured letters over numbers.)  However, there’s one equation I really …

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Golly…

I interviewed some members of the Suffolk Youth Orchestra last month for my Get Classical radio show – delightful, articulate, intelligent young musicians they were, with a golden glow that can never be found in a pot.  Nor from merely being young.  Nope.  These teens had the holy grail of …

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Call for Classical Youth

‘Try putting that under yer chin, darlin’!’ was a phrase I would dread, clambering awkwardly onto the bus with my enormous cello towering over me, fumbling in my pocket for my 20p bus fare and wanting the shy-world, which many musicians inhabit, to swallow me up.  Nowadays I’d probably be …

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Classic Inclusivity

I’ve just returned from a four-week singing tour of South America and Antarctica and was so inspired by the musical drive and passion they have over there which oozes from their very pores (I’m referring to South America obviously.  The penguins haven’t yet discovered four-part harmony.  That I know of…).  …

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A Wealth of Classical Culture

February.  Cold, bleak and kind of nothingy unless you’re one of those types who lives for the cards, flowers, chocolates and heart-themed restaurants on please-love-me-please-please-please day: La Saint Valentin.  Even our very own Bard remarked on the trials of this month:  ‘That you have such a February face, so full …

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Gippeswyk Singers and Martlesham Brass

Gippeswyk Singers and Martlesham Brass Sunday 8th January 2017  St Michael’s Church, Martlesham Heath In an attempt to keep the festive spirit alive that little bit longer (well, why not, some people still have their decorations up) my husband and I popped along to St Michael’s Church, Martlesham last night …

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Fresh Starts, Good Intentions

January.  Fresh starts, good intentions and random resolutions.  I’ve returned to Suffolk a newly married girl, beginning her life with a Captain Trumpet, a Pickle and a Hopscotch (boy, dog, boat) and am considering my goals for the year.  If I’m truly honest, classical music is ‘sloightly on th’ huh’ …

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Spiritually Enhancing

I went to dinner yesterday with a friend of mine.  An opera singer.  A producer.  An arranger.  A super fabulous lady with glossy hair, perfect figure and talent oozing from her pores.  The type of girl that if she weren’t so lovely and self-effacing you’d sit there in bewildered awe.  …

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Magical Mozart

MAGICAL MOZART by CANDLELIGHT NEW WOLSEY THEATRE, 24TH OCTOBER 2016 Two anniversaries this year along with the Bard’s: 25 years since the birth of Miss Saigon and 225 years since Mozart’s death.  A colleague once described the former as ‘one tune, average vocals and a helicopter.’  Magical Mozart could, in …

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