Bells of Bad­deck's 'Ma­bel' nom­i­nated for ECMA award

Al­li­son An­gelo's de­but al­bum nom­i­nated for "Clas­si­cal Record­ing of the Year"

The Victoria Standard - - Arts - ANDREW BROOKS

Al­li­son An­gelo, who starred as Ma­bel Bell in Lorna Mac­don­ald’s pro­duc­tion The

Bells of Bad­deck for the past two sum­mers, has been nom­i­nated for a 2017 East Coast Mu­sic Award. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing pi­anist, Si­mon Dock­ing, was also nom­i­nated. An­gelo’s de­but al­bum, Moon Loves Its Light, is up against four other nom­i­nees in the Clas­si­cal Record­ing of the Year cat­e­gory.

Cur­rently based in Toronto, the Nova Sco­tian so­prano recorded and pro­duced the al­bum ex­clu­sively in Nova Sco­tia, work­ing with as many lo­cal artists and tech­ni­cians as pos­si­ble. The ris­ing star says she is lucky to come from a prov­ince with so much home­grown tal­ent.

“I’m thrilled to be able to say that ‘I’m thrilled to be nom­i­nated’,” jokes An­gelo with the trade­mark light­heart­ed­ness she is known for on stage. She is quick to add, “But se­ri­ously, I truly am ex­cited to be in­cluded on a list of such tal­ented folks.”

An­gelo has been busy over the past few years, jug­gling record­ings and live shows with motherhood. In ad­di­tion to her Bells per­for­mance, she de­buted last year with the Elmer Iseler Singers as the so­prano soloist in Han­del’s

Messiah, per­formed at the St. Ce­cilia’s Re­treat in Ma­hone Bay as well as the Moun­tain View Con­cert Se­ries in Cal­gary. Pre­vi­ous en­gage­ments in­clude per­for­mances with Sym­phony Nova Sco­tia, the Bos­ton POPS, and be­ing a fea­tured artist with the Toronto, Ed­mon­ton, Vic­to­ria, Van­cou­ver, and Kingston Sym­phonies.

Clas­si­cal Record­ing of the Year isn’t the only nom­i­na­tion as­so­ci­ated with the al­bum. An­gelo’s brother, Nova Sco­tian com­poser and pi­anist Ian Bent, also picked up a Best Clas­si­cal Com­po­si­tion nom­i­na­tion for the track Old Moon.

“I sent him a list of re­quire­ments for my voice. Hav­ing grown up to­gether, he knows my mu­si­cal per­son­al­ity very well. I gave him ideas of what I felt would be good for my voice, and he nailed it per­fectly in com­pos­ing the piece,” says An­gelo in prais­ing her brother’s work.

An­gelo had also asked the late Nova Sco­tian poet and fam­ily friend Roger Field to con­trib­ute a poem as li­bretto for an orig­i­nal song. Field was in the late stages of can­cer but was grate­ful to work with both Ian and Al­li­son. When the mu­sic was writ­ten, Bent played the piece on his key­board at Field’s bed­side. Though An­gelo couldn’t make it home at the time, she recorded a ver­sion on her iphone from Toronto and sent it for him to hear in his fi­nal days. The sib­lings even­tu­ally sung the piece at his me­mo­rial.

Nom­i­na­tions for the 2017 East Coast Mu­sic Awards were an­nounced on Jan­uary 31 in Hal­i­fax. The in­dus­try gath­er­ing will take place this year in Saint John, New Brunswick, April 26-30. An­gelo says she plans to at­tend the cer­e­mony in April and is in dis­cus­sion with or­ga­niz­ers to per­form at one of the show­cases. Moon Loves Its

Light is avail­able on CD Baby and through her web­site, www. al­liso­nan­

The cover of Moon Loves its Light, the de­but clas­si­cal al­bum that has earned An­gelo a 2017 ECMA nom­i­na­tion.

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