The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
RECENT: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
Nicholas Merryweather studied at University College London, the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since leaving the Guildhall in 2007 he has sung for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, British Youth Opera and English Touring Opera, as well as regular recitals and concerts in Britain and abroad. He was the winner of the Glyndebourne Wessex Award in 2008 and is the current recipient of the ETO Chris Ball Bursary. He continues to study with Jennifer Caron.
Merryweather has sung the title roles in Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera, Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Starveling (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Elviro (Xerxes) and Mr Fox in Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr Fox (all for English Touring Opera) as well as Don Polidoro in Cimarosa's L'Italiana in Londra for Bampton Classical Opera and the Buxton Festival.
Further information: nicholasmerryweather.com
Ensemble. Cheeky Formula - Nicolò Isouard's 'Cendrillon' at Bampton Classical Opera, heard by Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Social Comedy - Britten's 'Albert Herring' at the Buxton Festival, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Gift for the Bizarre - Salieri operas in England impress Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Taking Risks - English Touring Opera's Autumn productions, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Achingly Beautiful - Agostino Steffani's 'Orlando Generoso', experienced by Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Intense and Believable - Handel's 'Xerxes', reviewed by Robert Hugill
Ensemble. A Little Bit of Magic - Purcell's 'The Fairy Queen', reviewed by Robert Hugill