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The Big Break
1996-1998
Emergency phone call to come immediately to studio to stand-in and record two Handel arias with Harry Bicket and the OAE for a Channel 4 film A Night with Handel. With the red light on, sight-read the B sections of both arias, then between takes, hurriedly discuss ornaments with harpsichordist. Finally my musicianship and choral training pay off.

John Mark Ainsley, also in the film, introduces me to Robert Rattray from Askonas Holt agency and the lovely Sue Spence is assigned to me.