In May, we kicked off our 2017 ‘Proms on the Roof’ series with a stellar line up of musicians from the prestigious Royal College of Music. With beautiful music, the cocktails flowing and the sunshine even making an appearance, the evening was the perfect way to mark the start of summer in style.
One of the highlights of the evening was a performance from Opera duo Natasha Day and Christopher Jacklin, who treated guests to an interactive set of classic and modern numbers in the stunning Spanish Garden.
We chatted with Natasha about her experience!
– How did you get into singing?
Professionally, by complete chance! I always liked music (singing in choirs at school) but I planned to do French and Art History at University. Then, a singing teacher in Paris thought it’d be a good idea for me to give the Royal College of Music a shot. With an “I’ve got nothing to lose” approach, I did the audition and entered on the Gap Year Experience programme in 2005 and never looked back! I ended up completing my BMus (Hons), PGDip and the International Opera School all at the Royal College.
– When did you graduate from the Royal College of Music, and what have you been up to since?
I graduated from BMus in 2009, PGDip in 2010, then took 3 years out to start freelancing and see what the big, wide world was like. I came back to study at the Opera School 2013-2015, which was wonderful. Since then, I’ve been freelancing as an opera singer with a mixed schedule of opera productions, oratorios and song recitals and I love that versatility.
– What’s been your favourite thing about performing at Proms on the Roof so far?
The guests were ready for a fun evening and that really helps a performer – it helps pass the energy about! Plus, of course, The Roof Gardens are a slice of paradise in this mad city.
– What can those visiting Proms on the Roof in August expect?
My performances will contain different repertoire each night, but it will be a mix of operatic favourites, along with some lovely melodies from Musical Theatre shows. My colleague and I try to get around the gardens as much as possible so things are never static. And there will undoubtedly be a big evening gown!
The evening as a whole will be beautiful – each area within The Roof Gardens has its own vibe and atmosphere – it’s very unusual and needs to be made the most of in these splendid summer months! The food and drinks are delicious, too.
– If you could ask our resident flamingos one question, what would it be?
What will you do when pink goes out of fashion? It’s an honest dilemma.
Now in its fourth year, Proms on the Roof invites guests to lose themselves in a green oasis high above the streets of London whilst enjoying music as beautiful as the setting. The series continues on selected Wednesdays throughout August, and tickets are available from Design my Night priced at £29.50.