Edgy Classical Crossover from Lady Of The Shallows


I grew up surrounded by music in a musical family in South Africa. 

My fondest memories are of us singing in the car while going on vacation.  Making up harmonies as we go along! 

Singing has always brought me great joy.  My mom enrolled me for private voice lessons when I was 14 with an opera singer who lived in my small home town, Rustenburg.  My voice teacher happened to be from Czecoslovakia and she instilled a love for Opera in me.  With her encouragement I went to a performing arts school after I finished high school.  That was an absolute wonderful experience! 

My training was very specialized.  After my studies I lived in England before moving to the US. Lady In a Boat

With many operatic roles to my credit I am no stranger to the stage and have entertained audiences all over the globe in Ireland, South Africa, Namibia, England, America, Canada, and Italy.  Before emerging as a single artist, I had the incredible experience of forming the classical crossover group Klassika® in 2013.  Drawn to the more edgy side of the crossover genre I love to create a mysterious and etherial world with music and voice. 

My favorite crossover artists in Emma Shaplin.   I am now stepping into my solo career with my latest singles “Regnava” and “Ave Maria”, produced by Paul Schwartz.  Regnava was chosen for it’s haunting sound and glorious melody line.  The Ave Maria by Mascagni is one of my favorite pieces of music and I am thrilled to have been able to record it.  

Lyrics and translation for “Regnava”– this song is an arrangement by Paul Schwartz of the opera aria, Regnava nel silenzio from Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti.


Regnava nel silenzio        The night,deep and dark,

alta la notte e bruna…    reigned in the silence…

Colpia la fonte un pallido  A pale ray from the gloomy moon

raggio di tetra luna…     shone on the fountain…

Quando sommesso un gemito  When a low sigh

fra l’aure udir si fe’;     was heard throughout the air;

ed ecco au quel margine      and there on the fountain’s edge

ah! l’ombra mostrarsi a me. the shadow appeared to me!

                    Ah!                        Ah!


Ave Maria (this is the intermezzo from the opera Cavelleria Rusticana by Mascagni)

Ave Maria, madre Santa,
Sorreggi il piè del misero che t’implora,
In sul cammin del rio dolor
E fede, e speme gl’infondi in cor.O pietosa, tu che soffristi tanto,
Vedi, ah! Vedi il mio penar.
Nelle crudeli ambasce d’un infinito pianto,
Deh! Non m’abbandonar.Ave Maria! In preda al duol,
Non mi lasciar, o madre mia, pietà!
O madre mia, pietà! In preda al duol,
Non mi lasciar, non mi lasciar.
Hail Mary, holy Mother,
Guide the feet of the wretched one who implores thee
Along the path of bitter grief
And fill the hearts with faith and hope.O merciful Mother, thou who suffered so greatly,
See, ah! See my anguish.
In the cruel torment of endless weeping,
Ah! Do not abandon me.Hail mary! Oppressed by grief,
Do not leave me, O Mother, have mercy!
O Mother, have mercy! Oppressed by grief,
Do not leave me.

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Website: http://www.klassikashow.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ladyshallows/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KlassikaTrio

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC52DyaSV7_1mspWi_HkyQHQ

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lady-of-the-shallows/1443869407

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Freya’s Mission In Music & The Creative Industry Helping The Minority

Freya’s Mission In Music & The Creative Industry Helping The Minority

I have been gigging since 2010 at the the age of 14, and after a really good few years of writing; producing and releasing EPs, and gigging around the south-east of England, I went to study jazz guitar at music college. My vision to spend the next 4 years surrounded by jazz soon turned south when I experienced trauma to my wrist. I had to step away from the intensities of playing and for a good few years I fell silent on the music front and people thought I had given up on the dream. I took my time getting back into good health and slowly got to a point where I could be making music again, although it did of course mean navigating a slightly different route, with patience and discipline.

I returned to studying with my focus more on composition and production, taking inspiration from artists such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper and Angie Stone. My sound was constantly developing and although I wasn’t any closer to releasing new music, I continued my hiatus with the mission to refine my style and writing. I always felt that there was still more I could do to everything I made. I needed the time to experiment and develop my writing and thankfully, being in the college-bubble in Leeds enabled me to safely create and do just that. I decided to take down all my previous releases and start afresh as an artist. I was lucky enough to be tutored by Abstract Orchestra’s musical director, Rob Mitchell, whilst in my final year at Leeds College of Music. Being a huge fan of hip-hop producer J Dilla, Rob gave me the space to really explore the hip-hop and contemporary R&B elements of my sound, whilst maintaining a strong focus on melody and jazz harmony. I was taking huge influences from the neo-soul icons throughout this process and this is how most of the material from my album ‘AHLKE’ came about.

EP CoverNow, fast-forwarding to 2019, I have been awarded funding and support from the MOBO Help Musicians Fund, listed for Glastonbury Emerging Talent, and I have released my debut album entitled ‘AHLKE’, which marks the end of my 5-year hiatus as an artist!

The 2 singles from the album ‘Midnight Train’ and ‘22 Movements’ have gone on to be play listed on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 Music Introducing Mixtape, as well as being featured within British Vogue. It feels like being awarded in these ways since releasing my new music has been payback for the time I was unable to do so.

‘AHLKE’ has also been pressed to vinyl, thanks to the incredible help from independent record store, Vinyl Hunter in Suffolk, England. The ‘22 Movements’ Music Video, released on April 8th, features a beautiful solo performance from UK-renowned ballet and contemporary dancer, Salome Pressac. Shot on location in Norwich, it is partly a tribute to my time growing up and gigging throughout my teens on the city’s diverse music scene, where I built my first following of fans. Salome’s improvised dance in the video reflects on my writing of ‘22 Movements’ which explores sexual identity and my coming-out experience. ‘22 Movements’was a tough track to choose as a single release, it’s very honest. My writing has definitely become more honest in recent years and I think this shows in the body of work that is ‘AHLKE’.

Thanks to the incredible funding and support from MOBO Trust and Help Musicians UK, I am currently touring my album around the UK, with my firstLondon headline show around the corner, which I will playing with my full band alongside special guests. Other dates have included Brighton, Manchester, Leeds, Suffolk and Norwich, with other upcoming dates in Cambridgeshire and Sheffield.Freya Roy Playing Guitar

I release all my music on my own label, FCR Music, which I am using as a platform and community for women and minorities within the creative industries. I am passionate about the fair representation of women and I have used the label as an outlet for other various projects, including a documentary project: ‘FCR Music Presents: Women & The Creative Industry’. This is a collaboration with independent filmmaker, Emile Scott Burgoygne, and is a compilation of interviews with male and female artists based in the UK, discussing gender roles and representation within the creative industries. Artists involved include Carmody, Marie Dahlstromand Scott Quinn. My mission is to grow FCR Musicand continue to use it for projects like these.

Although I have been working on my music for a long time now, I do feel that this release only marks the beginning of what I am going to do. I am excited to use the energy gained from the ‘AHLKE’ release and UK Tour to make new music later this year. I am constantly picking up new ideas and I am excited to put these to work!




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Website: https://freyaroy.co.uk

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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1s7c4MsW76giPOMWyxJqvY?si=WtlXt2tPT76KddaTGN-18g

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Helen Perris | I wondered if I’d ever be able to write again

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Helen Perris | I Wondered If I’d Ever Be Able To Write Again

The directive came through Messenger, but the tone was clear. My friend was exasperated with me. I was at a low point, so cloaked in the dark weight of depression that I couldn’t even order pizza for dinner for the kids, let alone cook something nutritious.


“I can’t move,” I messaged back. “Everything is too heavy.”


🎶  I know you’re hurting

And I just don’t know what to do

Your heart’s been broken

Your whole world’s been turned upside down 🎶


I hadn’t written a song in months and sometimes I wondered if I’d ever be able to write again. It all seemed so pointless and fruitless. Why even bother write when nobody listens or cares? At least that’s what the nagging voice in my head told me.


“Get up. You can’t stay there forever. At least feed your kids,” he said.

They were hungry. I ordered the pizza.

🎶   I can’t fix what’s happened

Or heal this raw wound

But I hate seeing you like this 🎶

Another friend was going through hell: real hell caused by real things, not just depression. That was the voice again. It liked to make me feel bad for feeling bad. My inability to be of any real help to her stirred the angry pangs of guilt that nipped at my heels. I ached to have the energy to take away her pain but the best I could do, as I lay on my couch, was be there on the other end of the phone line or with an open chat window, willing to simply listen. He said that would be enough. It seemed to be.

🎶 All I can do is be there for you

Listen when you want to talk

Hold you tight to stop you falling apart 🎶

He and I talked daily, as friends do. I didn’t ask him to solve my problems, just listen. Then one day in the middle of a conversation, there was a spark of inspiration: “That’s a great idea for a song.” One moment of hope made me start writing again in earnest. There was a direct correlation between the amount of time at the piano, writing lyrics and figuring out harmonic progressions, and the lightening of the load I carried daily.

Some people talk out their feelings. Some eat theirs. I write mine.

🎶  I won’t let you be alone

So even when I’m not there

Know I’m keeping you in my heart 🎶

I joined a songwriting club, so now I write every week, whether I’m inspired or not. It doesn’t matter in the end, because there’s always a new song after my songwriting hour is up, and the load lightens again. Creating art helps. I’m not cured, but I haven’t been hollow and heavy since I started making the time to make music regularly.

Are people listening? Well at the very least, the club members are. I hope you will, too.


Helen Perris is an independent pop artist based in Western Sydney. Her new single, Be There, will be released in October through her website, Bandcamp, iTunes and all regular streaming services.

Links To Helen Perris

Website: www.helenperrismusic.com

Bandcamp: www.helenperris.bandcamp.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/helenperrismusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/helenperris

Instagram: www.instagram.com/helenperrismusic

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