Monthly Archives: August 2014

How to make him fall in love with you

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So you have finally found the man of your dreams and things seem to be going well. But are you the woman of his dreams?

While it is not always possible to guarantee success in any relationship, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances when Mr Right does finally come along.

Follow our top tips below to encourage him to subtly feel a certain way about you.

Be your best

This does not mean putting on a mask or trying to change your personality into something you are not. However, there is nothing wrong with accentuating the finer side of your characteristics, by making an effort in terms of your appearance, personal hygiene and time.

This essentially just means, ensuring that you look neat, well-groomed and well-dressed. 

Sometimes it is even worth buying a few new clothes, for a refreshing update to your wardrobe and style.

Always ensure that your personal hygiene is top notch and throw on a little perfume before going out to meet him. Never be tempted to overdo it however, a couple of  sprays will do.

Exercising regularly will also keep you in great shape and improve your overall fitness levels.

Smile often

A simple smile can make all the difference in a relationship. Smiling makes you appear much more warm and friendly and more often than not, it is what draws someone towards you.

If you have a great smile – don't hide it, flash it!

Be mysterious

Invoke his curiosity by leaving him wanting to know more. Don't tell him your life story all at once, let him get to know you slowly and over time.

For example, if he asks you a question that you feel uncomfortable answering in the initial stages of the relationship, rather than getting defensive, simply smile and say 'maybe another time'.

It is never a good idea to tell a person too much about yourself before you get to know them properly. As the old saying goes 'good things come to those who wait'.

Be confident

Men will always go for a woman with confidence. Even if the attraction factor isn't necessarily there initially, a woman who knows who she is and where she is going, will always be attractive to a man.

After all, if you feel good about yourself, it will show and other people are likely to feel good about you too.

Keep your cool

Never be tempted to rush into a relationship or pressure him into making long-term commitments.

If you believe that the connection between you is strong and things are going well, continue with your life in the same way you were before. You will often find that a relationship will develop organically, without too much pressure being applied on the other person.

Respect and consideration

Being considerate and respectful to your partner are the foundations of any relationship.

If a man feels as though you have respect for him as a person and that you appreciate the efforts he has made with you, the relationship is much more likely to last.

Knowing that you are happy with him and as committed and dedicated to the relationship as he is, will make him less hesitant to develop any lasting bonds with you.

So you have finally found the man of your dreams and things seem to be going well. But are you the woman of his dreams? While it is not always possible to guarantee success in any relationship, there are a

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Finding your ideal match

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Finding your ideal date online can be a bit of a challenge for some people.

It is often difficult to flip through the hundreds of profiles that are on there and determine who is best suited to you. 

So how do you ensure you find Mr or Mrs Right when searching online? The first step is in clarifying your interests when you write up your profile.

You would be surprised how many people use vague terms such as "I enjoy socialising" or "I like going for walks".

But ask yourself a question: "Who doesn't?". The truth is so many people put that on their profiles, and it doesn't really tell a potential suitor who you are.

Instead, be very specific about what it is you like to do and maybe even choose photographs that demonstrate those interests.

The type of dating site you choose to go on can also determine what type of person you are likely to meet.

Choosing dating sites geared towards your particular interest or passion is much more likely to result in you selecting a person who is a better match for you.

Be sure to list the desirable qualities that you want in your first date. You see, many people make the mistake of listing the things they do not want, but say nothing of the type of partner they would like to attract.

Concentrate on the positive qualities, and be very upbeat and friendly in the way that you write your profile, and you will be more likely to meet your match.

Your profile is also a chance for you to list some of the qualities and attributes that are important for you, such as religious views and political beliefs, for example.

When you do get speaking to someone online, take some time to get to know them before meeting up. 

Spending some time emailing each other and talking on the phone can give you a very good idea as to whether that person is likely to be a good match.

Once you have established some common ground, you will then have the assurance of knowing this person has strong potential before you meet them for a date.

Finding your ideal date online can be a bit of a challenge for some people. It is often difficult to flip through the hundreds of profiles that are on there and determine who is best suited to you.  So how

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Profile: Michael Ball

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Michael Ball is a critically acclaimed artist who has undertaken many theatrical roles throughout his career.

He is best known for his performance in  'Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert', Aspects of Love and  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

In 2008, he won the Laurence Olivier Award for 'best actor in a musical', for his part in  Hairspray.

He has had a long and colourful career as an actor, singer, comedian and broadcaster. Ball was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire to a Welsh mother and an English father. 

His father worked as a successful businessman, although he originally wanted to be an actor.

Despite never having formal singing lessons as a boy, he learned this skill by singing along to music from legendary artists such as by Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson and Frank Sinatra.

He also attended an independent boarding school, Plymouth College, which was renowned for its high academic standards.

From an early age, Ball took up an interest in theatre and he would often go to see shows during the school holidays.

He was so impressed by theatre productions, that at the age of 14, he joined a youth theatre, which led to his studying drama at Guildford School of Acting.

After graduating, Ball's theatre career really began to take off and he gradually came into the public sphere.

Early work

In the 1980s, he made his very first public appearance, in the production of The Pirates of Penzance at Manchester Opera House, after being selected out of thousands of applicants.

Shortly afterwards, he took up a starring role as Marius in the original London cast of Les Misérables.

Throughout his career, he has worked with some of the 20th century's most prolific musical theatre composers and worked within both the West End and in concerts.

In the early nineties, he took up more and more prominent roles in singing and even brought out his debut album 'Michael Ball'.

During the 90s, he went on tour for the first time in the UK and later released his second album 'Always', which reached number three in the UK charts.

In 1994, his album, 'One Careful Owner' went Gold, while his other album 'The Best of Michael Ball' earned him his fourth gold disc in three years. 

Concerts

During his time, he has also taken part in a number of concerts across the world. In the late 1990s, he performed at the European Youth Olympics in Bath and the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham. He also recreated the role of Marius for the tenth Anniversary Gala Concert of Les Miserables at the Royal Albert Hall.

At the same time, he had a number of popular music albums that went Gold in the charts. Later, in 2007, he toured the UK before making his debut with the English National Opera in the lead role of Hajj/Poet, in a new production of Robert Wright and George Forrest's 'Kismet'.

Radio

During his time as a broadcaster for Radio 2, he had a long-running and successful series 'Ball Over Broadway', in which he went to New York to review shows and interview directors, stars and producers.

Ball has since presented many one-off specials on behalf of the radio station and become a household name for many Brits.

Michael Ball is a critically acclaimed artist who has undertaken many theatrical roles throughout his career. He is best known for his performance in  'Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert', Aspects of Love and  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In

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Top dates for music lovers

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If you are a lover of music, then naturally, you want to attract a person who has the same ideas and outlook.

When you are dating a fellow music lover, it pays to be creative with your date ideas and align it to your common interests.

The most obvious date to go on when you are a music lover is a concert. If you are an opera lover for example, then why not head down to a classical music concert or theatre performance of your favourite sonata?

However, there are a number of other things you can do to get creative and musical on your date.

Follow our suggestions below for an event you will both remember!

Live music nights

Live music nights are a fun and fantastic way to enjoy performances of your favourite songs and records in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

They often take place in bars or restaurants, meaning you can also enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine, while sampling the best of local talent.

Pilgrimages

Did you know that some cities team up with musical landmarks? Whether that is touring the former home of your favourite pop star, or visiting the site of a famous music festival or studio, you are guaranteed to have a great time.

Karaoke

Are you the next answer to Elton John or Beyonce? If your vocal skills are particularly impressive – or even if they are not – why not serenade your date with a series of romantic songs?

Karaoke nights are almost guaranteed to get a few laughs and are a light-hearted activity you can both enjoy.

Clubbing

Why not dance the night away to your favourite genre at your local nightclub? If on the other hand, you want something a little more upmarket, try ballroom dancing instead.

Whatever type of music you like to dance to, there are bound to be some venues and bars in your local area that will cater to your specific taste.

If you are a lover of music, then naturally, you want to attract a person who has the same ideas and outlook. When you are dating a fellow music lover, it pays to be creative with your date ideas and

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Opera ‘Olympics’ to conclude on August 30th

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Young opera enthusiasts from around the world have been given the chance to battle it out in one of the biggest classical music events in the world, it has been announced.

Branded 'the opera Olympics', Operalia took place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, and is running until August 30th.

Pácido Domingo, one of The Three Tenors, is the founder and general director of the competition, which was first launched in 1993.
This year's event will mark the first reemergence of the event in over ten years.

More than 1,000 applications were made from budding opera stars, with 40 singers from 17 different countries making it through to the final round.  

Over the last couple of days, 20 singers entered the semi-finals, while ten singers will reach the final round on August 30.

Judges use a ranking system of points that are pooled following rounds of competition, while members of the jury will discuss the merits of each singer.

According to Mr Domingo, Operalia helps to provide employment, as many of those who sit on the jury are the heads of opera companies.

This year's competition will include singers with a range of vocal ranges from sopranos to bass singers.

Commenting on the competition, lvaro M. Domingo, the youngest son of Mr Domingo, said: "There are singers springing from the US to Russia to China with incredible voices. They’re handsome and beautiful, they have incredible stage presence and charisma.”

Although Mr Domingo will not be sitting on a jury himself, his wife Martha will be taking part.

Participants who participate could potentially take home prizes of up to $30,000.

Most of those participating in the competition range from 23-32.

Young opera enthusiasts from around the world have been given the chance to battle it out in one of the biggest classical music events in the world, it has been announced. Branded 'the opera Olympics', Operalia took place at the

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Best operas to see in 2014

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Not all operas are created equal and there are some that are more entertaining and powerful than others.

The UK is renowned for its thriving opera scene and the abundance of wonderful plays and concerts that are held each and every year.

2014 has already seen some of the world's most amazing performances and this is set to continue into next year.

You will also be pleased to know that there are some operas coming up which no opera fan should dare to miss.

Below we have listed some of the very best, which every classical music fan must see.

BBC Proms

The most obvious place to start when it comes to any performance this year should be the proms.

Unfortunately, with the season nearly drawing to a close, there isn't much time to get your teeth into some of the highlights that are still yet to come this month.
However, if you hurry, there are a few fantastic concerts that you can still catch. These include, Prom 55: Tchaikovsky, Debussy & Unsuk Chin, which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow (Wednesday August 27th).

This week, you can also catch the Proms Saturday Matinee 3: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies on August 30th.

The event will celebrate the 80th birthday of one of Britain's most renowned contemporary composers, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

It will take place in Cadogan Hall, London.

You can also catch a performance of Richard Strauss' Salome at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 30th.

Then on Sunday August 31st, there will be another performance of Strauss, with Semyon Bychkov conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and singers at the Royal Albert Hall.

Royal Opera: Anna Nicole

This unforgettable opera depicts the life of Anna Nicole Smith and documents her tumultuous rise to fame. It is set to take place between September 11th and 24th at the Royal Opera House.

It promises to be a hilarious, expressive and at times, tragic foray into the life and times of this prominent celebrity.

La Boheme

This is an event set to take place at the Coliseum, and will be held between October 29th and December 6th.

The dramatic performance will highlight Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s gift for writing emotionally charged music in a tale of the dark side of love in the impoverished sections of Paris.

This opera is known and loved all over the world, and is set to be an unmissable event this year.

The Girl of the Golden West

There was a performance of this opera at the beginning of the year in London and it proved to be a big hit among the public.

So much so in fact that if you missed it the first time around, you can catch another performance of it the London Coliseum between October 2nd and November 1st.

Produced by the English National Opera, 'The Girl Of The Golden West' is another play that shows Puccini at his best and contains the lyrical genius and dramatic melodies that opera fans have come to expect from this great artist.
 
The Gospel

If you are out and about in London over the next few months, why not head on down to see 'The Gospel According to The Other Mary'. This legendary play will be performed by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum.

This event has already been billed as potentially being one of the most significant performances in London's contemporary music season.

It will take place between November 21st and December 5th 2014.

Not all operas are created equal and there are some that are more entertaining and powerful than others. The UK is renowned for its thriving opera scene and the abundance of wonderful plays and concerts that are held each and

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Opera singer Licia Albanese passes away at 105

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One of the world's most renowned opera singers has died at the grand old age of 105, it has been revealed. Italian-American opera star Licia Albanese was best known for her interpretations of roles in Verdi’s Tosca, and most famously Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and sang in hundreds of performances at New York Metropolitan Opera between 1940 and 1966.

She also gained widespread recognition for her portrayal of the geisha, which has remained her best known role.

On August 15, she died at her home in New York. Born in Torre a Mare near Bari, she was one of seven children in a musical family and participated in a number of performances in Italy in the 1930s.

During her rise to fame, she went on to work with many of the great singers of her generation, including opera singers such as Luciano Pavarotti.

In the US, she starred in a variety of performances alongside Jussi Bjorling, Tito Schipa, Franco Corelli, Beniamino Gigli, and Giacinto Prandelli.

During the 1940s, she made her first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera singing the role of Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly.

This was the first of 17 roles she undertook at the Met over the next 26 years including her widely acclaimed role as Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata".

Albanese was also a regular feature at San Francisco Opera and performed at both theatres more than any other singer in history.

She had continued her performances until late last year, before finally deciding to retire.

During her retirement, she gave singing workshops across the globe and set up an organisation to help young singers.

One of the world's most renowned opera singers has died at the grand old age of 105, it has been revealed. Italian-American opera star Licia Albanese was best known for her interpretations of roles in Verdi’s Tosca, and most famously

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Is classical music good for babies?

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Did you know that classical music is great for babies? Many people are already aware of the relaxing effects of listening to classical music and it also makes a great meditation aid. 

However, a number of historical studies appear to suggest that the beneficial effects of classical music may go much farther than that.

It all started with a 1993 study published in nature, which documented the Mozart effect. Some 36 college students were involved in the study, and listened to either ten minutes of a Mozart sonata in D-major, a relaxation track or silence before performing several spatial reasoning tasks.

It found that those who listened to classical music performed better than those who did not.

Later this was backed up by further research, such as the 2004 Stanford study which showed that there is a critical point in a child's early development when the music and sounds can have a major impact on their development.

In their analysis, the researchers wrote: "It seems to be a circumscribed manifestation of a widespread, older belief that has been labeled 'infant determinism,' the idea that a critical period early in development has irreversible consequences for the rest of a child's life. It is also anchored in older beliefs in the beneficial powers of music."

However, since the early 90s, many more reports from universities across the world have built upon the findings of these previous studies, and helped to support some of the key conclusions.

Of course, much more research is needed before any definite correlations can be drawn.

However, it represents yet another reason to love classical music – and encourage the little ones to listen to it too.

And if you do happen to be a parent of a young child, try playing some classical music softly in the background as the child sleeps, or is playing.

This will help to create an incredibly relaxing atmosphere for both you and the baby, and may even benefit them later on in life.

Did you know that classical music is great for babies? Many people are already aware of the relaxing effects of listening to classical music and it also makes a great meditation aid.  However, a number of historical studies appear to

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How to meditate to classical music

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Classical music is used for a variety of different purposes, such as meditation and relaxation. These days, as a growing number of people become interested in meditation, undoubtedly people will be looking for more and more ways to relax and unleash their creativity.

One of the ways in which this can be done is by listening to classical music. Timeless classics such as Air on A G String by Johann Sebastian or Piano concerto 21 by Mozart, can be a valuable aid to meditation.

But what is the best way to meditate while listening to classical music tracks?

For best results, try and find a reasonably quiet and peaceful spot in your home or garden. Make sure you are able to play the classical music, either through an iPod, MP3 or stereo player.

You may also want to take a soft cushion or rug with you to sit on. It is also recommended that you take a blanket or warm top with you to meditate.

Put on your favourite track and regulate the volume, so that you set it at exactly the right pitch. The ideal volume should be loud enough to be heard but not so much that it disturbs you during meditation.

You can also set up the track on repeat, or ensure you have enough songs to last you during the meditation.

The best way to begin meditating is to close your eyes, and try to slow down your thoughts. You might find that concentrating on one thing such as your breath can help you to focus.

Allow your mind to soak into music, as you let go of any thoughts. Try to see if you can identify the different instruments used as part of the music.

If you find that a particular track distracts you a little or reminds you of something that takes you away from the meditation, gently bring your mind back to your breath.

You can also try experimenting with a number of different classical music tracks and artists to find the one that suits you best.

There are also many classical music compilations on the market – that have been put together specifically for the purposes of meditation, so be sure to explore these.

Classical music is used for a variety of different purposes, such as meditation and relaxation. These days, as a growing number of people become interested in meditation, undoubtedly people will be looking for more and more ways to relax and

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Should you take your date to the opera?

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If you're a classical music fan, there is a good chance that a trip to the opera will be your cup of tea. But is it a good place for a date? Working out where to take a potential romantic partner can be difficult, especially in the early stages of a relationship when you don't know much about each other, and many people don't want to risk anything too unusual.

However, the opera can be an excellent choice for a date. For one, it is bound to be a memorable experience. Most people have never been to the opera before, and few experiences can match the glamour and power of a good show. This will automatically make your date memorable.

There is something very romantic about going to the opera as well. It is a good excuse to dress up and treat yourselves for an evening, enjoying the high life. You should emphasise the experience of an opera rather than just the music, as your date might not like Puccini but love putting on a fancy outfit.

You should also bear in mind that if you are a classical music lover, your partner should share your passions. They might love the opera, making it something you can do together. However, if they don't, you can promise to experience one of their favourite things in return, which can be your next date.

When taking a classical music newbie to the opera, it is important not to throw them in at the deep end. Opt for something relatively short, like 'La Boheme', or one with recognisable melodies, like 'Carmen'. Otherwise, it can be difficult to understand and therefore not enjoyable.

Try and mix the evening up a bit as well. There is always a chance that your date won't enjoy the opera at all, so you should make sure your night out involves something a bit safer they definitely will enjoy.

If you're a classical music fan, there is a good chance that a trip to the opera will be your cup of tea. But is it a good place for a date? Working out where to take a potential romantic

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