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Tbilisi to Auckland, NZ

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (staying at home)

SUN 21 JUNE 2020

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The two-year Masters course in the Opera Department  at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow has 24 singers and 4 repetiteurs from all over the world. Students, aged 24 to 30 years, receive two vocal lessons a week, music coaching, weekly acting classes, coaching in language and audition technique.

Recently there have been masterclasses with  Sue Bullock and Sir Simon Keenlyside, and the school works collaboratively with Scottish Opera and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

With the onset of the pandemic many students had to return to their families – from Philadelphia, USA to Auckland, New Zealand. Their productions of Dialogues des Carmelites and L’incoronazione di Poppea, were cancelled.

However, they have sung for Grange Park Opera.

Chocolate Truffle Fudge Cake

from Lady Acher

This cake is seriously delicious, quick and easy to make

To Prepare – 10 mins
To Cook – 10 mins plus l hour setting time

– 125g butter
– ¼ cup caster sugar
– 2tbsp black treacle
– 2tbsp milk
– 2tbsp drinking chocolate
– 1tbsp cocoa
– 1 packet of plain sweet biscuits, crushed finely
– l½ cups of McVitie’s Jamaica Ginger Cake crumbed
– Nip of rum
– 60g of flaked almonds
– 1/3 cup raisins
– 200g dark chocolate melted for icing

Heat butter, milk and syrup.  Add drinking chocolate, cocoa and half the biscuits and mix.

Add remaining ingredients and mix. Press into a 20cm sandwich tin or flan dish.

Melt the dark chocolate and spread over to ice.

Allow to set. Cut with a sharp hot knife into approx. 30 small pieces.  Store in the fridge in a sealed container.