Y'Gaëlle Edenne Oreille is the daughter of Lilithe Oreille, the wife of Celeste Martineau, the primordial mother of Isabelle Oreille and the grandmother of Phoébie and Deimienne Oreille. Born as "Gaëlle" on the 7th of February, 1919, shortly after the end of the First World War, Gäelle is said to be of mermaid ancestry and a direct descendent of the great Néreide Oreille, the mermaid who is said to have constructed the Venetian palatial structure of the College des Sirènes during the nineteenth century.
Gaëlle was born in Brocéliande, Paimpont Forest, Bretagne, in the north-west of France. She was named after the nearby village of Gaël. She spent much of her time as a child wandering around the forests and lakes around her home. It is these early conversations with nature that are thought to have blessed her with one of the finest voices in the Lorallian. Gaëlle soon learned to sing, and decided that her true calling in life was to tell stories through song.
Gaëlle studied music at the Junior Conservatoire in Geneva, Switzerland, before going on to study the voice at the Blue Mountains Conservatory. At the time, orchestras in the Lorallian were purely instrumental, and remained segregated from choirs. Gaëlle was frustrated because, in her mind, the ultimate union of music was with the words, and the celestial marriage of the male instruments with the female voices was its ultimate destiny. Gaëlle was highly influenced by Beethoven, and her revered Symphony of Fornication was the first symphony to include voices.
Gaëlle inherited the riches of her mother, Lilithe Oreille, upon her death, and travelled to Vannecy in the French Alps, where she purchased the College Des Sirènes from Valerie Laurent the last in the Laurent family dynasty (right), who had dominated the college for much of the first half of the twentieth century.
Below - room with a view: College des Sirènes master bedroom overlooking the Vannecy Flood Basin.
In Vannecy, Gaëlle told many stories through her operas and music dramas, some fictional and others true stories (but most of them fictional). There, she met the aeronaut, Celeste Martineau, at one of her concerts and the couple immediately became attracted to one another. For Celeste, Gaëlle had grown up around the forests and lakes, and was a true mistress of the earth. Celeste, on the other hand, introduced Gaëlle to the wonders of the skies. Together they were a match made in heaven. Celeste took Gaëlle on many moonlight airship flights across the mountains and valleys, discovering new and unknown territories. They married at Flood Control Dam no. 7 at the end of the Second World War.
The Durance River Province is different from the other lands in the Lorallian, because the maiden naming system is reversed. In the Durance River Province, the spouse and children take the last name of the mother, and not the father. Celeste was from a very noble family, yet he agreed that their children would be named "Oreille". Gaëlle was henceforth known as Y'Gaëlle. Celeste affectionately added the "Y" apostrophe to the beginning of her name in honour of her storytelling. Ever since, Gaëlle has gone down in history by the name Y'Gaëlle.
In the summer of 1951, Y'Gaëlle became pregnant, and gave birth to a baby girl nine months later. Y'Gaëlle decided to have a water birth, and the baby girl was delivered in a clam shell in the middle of the Vannecy Flood Basin. Y'Gaëlle named her Isabelle, and Isabelle would go on to become the second headmistress in the Oreille family dynasty.
Y'Gaëlle went on to be headmistress of the College des Sirènes for over forty years, until her retirement in the early eighties. During her time at the college, Y'Gaëlle brought about many changes and reforms to the school. She was the first headmistress to controversially combine the College des Sirènes orchestra and chorus into a singular performance, and introduce theatre, opera and music drama into the college core curriculum.
Shortly before her retirement in the early eighties and the invasion of Celius and Nordic Implementors Y'Gaëlle chanced upon the copper chalice of Arielle. Once filled with water, its depths enabled her to see things that have been, things that will be in the future, things that are, things that were, things that could have been, would have been or might have yet to be... Tempted by dark arts, Y'Gaëlle was seduced by the power of the cup and sought to possess it, believing that if she took it, instead of a dark lord (Celius), the Lorallian would have a queen (above). However, once offered the cup, Y'Gaëlle decided to relinquish it, and so she passed the test. She bestowed its ownership to her daughter, Isabelle, and hid the cup deep within the waterworks of the college. Upon her retirement, she diminished, and went out into the west, where she would remain Y'Gaëlle for the rest of her life.
During the eighties, nineties and noughties, with the College Des Sirènes under the governance of her daughter, Isabelle; Y'Gaëlle, with her husband Celeste, retreated from public life, becoming almost legendary figures in Lorallian 'lore. Their only known appearance was at the celestial marriage of Hayda Loral to Hayrak Donda at the turn of the century, in Rouenac, France.
Y'Gaëlle will turn ninety-five next year, making her the longest living person in the Oreille family. Legend has it that the only knowledge that she obtained from the cup was the exact date of her death. From her aquatic ancestry, Y'Gäelle inherited from the water nymphs a collection of several hundred dresses, each dress representing a day in her life, thus each dress being worn until the day of her death. The last dress is thought to be the most mysterious and magical, made of silk and satin, and richly embroidered with moonshine, sapphires and pearls.
Y'Gaëlle, like other members of the Oreille family, has a fair milky complexion, and long, straggly blond hair which grew paler as she advanced through her sixties, seventies and eighties. Now, she has waist length wispy white hair. Her eyes are an aquatic blue white, and her cheekbones are fine and delicate.
Sophie Michelle Morris (née Oliver) was born in Winchester, Hampshire, on 19th March 1974, the only child of Marin and Corale.
Samuel J. Morris, born on 19th August 1974 in Cardiff, Wales, the eldest of the two sons of Owen and Donna Morris, his younger brother Thomas being two years his junior.
Sam, although one of the youngest in his year group at school, was one of the popular kids, always being in with the right crowd.
When he was eighteen, he studied medicine at the University of London, and soon qualified to become a doctor in 2000. Sam was soon promoted to head doctor at Sisorca Hospital, where he met his then girlfriend, Laura Hill.
Sam spent a number of years at the hospital, drifting between long-term relationships with Laura Hill and Emma Patel, and also enjoying casual flings with Sarah Winchley, Emma Notnub and Cassandra Silverspoon, but his heart was never settled. Finally, in 2002, Sam met the love of his life, Sophie Oliver, whilst on holiday in Escaletaña in the south of Spain. Sophie moved back to London with him, and he gave her a job at the hospital.
Sam is noted for mixing business with pleasure, and often confusing the two, or putting pleasure ahead of his work. Sam's appointment of Sophie Oliver as head nurse caused great controversy at the hospital, and resulted in Leanna Sethsson (who had applied for the position) handing in her notice.
Nancy Violet, distinguished jazz vocalist and cabaret compere, is a resident vocalist with Sisorca Arts Jazz Ensemble (SAJE). Daughter of Maisy Violet (nurse at Sisorca Hospital) and Robert Spencer (mayor of Sisorca), Nancy was born at Sisorca Hospital in October, 1977.
Between 1982-1995, Nancy was a boarding student at Wycliffe College Junior School in Stroud, West Midlands, between where she flourished in the areas of music, drama and performative arts.
Upon finishing her A-Levels, Nancy gained a scholarship to study music and drama at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in Marlybone, North London, where she studied between 1995-1999. During this time, she developed her skills in jazz and musical theatre; appearing in roles such as Talulah in 'Bugsy Malone', Nancy in 'Oliver', Roxy in 'Chicago' and Mary Magdalene in 'Godspell'. Her time at the Royal Academy also included a year spent studying in New Orleans, and the following summer was spent on a whirlwind tour with none other than Irish-American folk singer Kathleen Blackwell, who she later sourced for London-based pop girl group Seveness.
When she finished college, Nancy began freelancing with jazz ensembles and West End musical theatre productions, before securing her residency as lead vocalist with Sisorca Arts Jazz Ensemble (SAJE) and hosting her own jazz cabaret at Silverspoons on Orento Street. Nancy soon built up a local reputation as an emerging jazz star, and, in 2004, became the seventh member of Seveness (replacing Hayda Loral, who acted as temporary replacement for Kate Sandersson when she left the band in 2002).
In 2002, Nancy starred in a brand new musical theatre commission 'Love Story', a production made up of songs written by Seveness. In the musical, Nancy plays the part of Evita, a young Spanish ballet dancer who falls in love with Juan, an Argentinian playwright. The young couple meet in Las Vegas where they embark on a whirlwind ride into drunken debauchery and drug fuelled escapades. But when his visa expires and his true identity as a gangster is exposed, Juan is exiled to Chile, Evita is left with a misunderstanding and has to work out her true feelings for him. Her search for love becomes an all-consuming quest to the heart of what it means to be a woman, the true identity of feminism in the world and new found friends along the way. Eventually, Evita and Juan are reunited, but he has since had a child with an Andean shaman, Priscilla. Evita has reevaluate her feelings for Juan. Eventually, despite Juan's promise to kill his wife and return to her, she decides to return to Spain, where, some years later, she contracts TB. When Juan hears about her illness, he races to Spain to see her, but he is too late, and she dies peacefully in her sleep, still dreaming of his kiss. The musical was a great success, and made a name for Nancy as a great glamour diva.
Nancy was the seventh member of Seveness from 2004 until the band split in 2010. Since then, Nancy has gone on to release a series of successful albums, and has toured Europe with German singer Ute Lemper. Nancy currently resides in Elderbury Crescent, where she lives in a posh, regency townhouse with her musical director husband Evelyn Costello. In 2011, she gave birth to a baby girl, Lily-Crystal.
Isabelle Fantine Martelleau Oreille, bb. 09.03.1951., internationally renowned classical pianist, graduate of the Blue Mountains Conservatory, headmistress of the College Des Sirènes, musician, composer, writer, poet, painter and one of the four cornerstones in the Corina Torres conspiracy.
Isabelle Oreille is the only child of Monsieur Celeste Oreille and his wife Gaëlle, who was headmistress of the College des Sirènes until 1980.
Her mother, Gaëlle Oreille was a great lover of nature and many of her compositions were inspired by the natural forces, e.g., 'Concerto for Violin and Volcano' and 'Concerto Grosso for Woodwinds and Waterfalls'. Her father, Celeste Oreille was conductor of the Vannecy Sinfonietta until his death in 2009.
Isabelle was born on a clam ferry that happened to be crossing the lake in Morzine, France. During her early life, family lived in a little white slatted chalet a few valleys away from Morzine.
From an early age, she is noted to have developed a rare musical affection, being able to transcribe from ear and replicate songs and even entire orchestrations from the gramophone to her little toy piano.
From the age of three, she took piano lessons from her mother, and in this sheltered environment she was surrounded by swans, sparrows and all of the lovely wetlands and wildlife in the temperate valleys, which inspired much of her music.
A childhood visit to the suspended gardens of the Château Marqueyssac in the Dordogne in the south of France, where she heard the waltz movement of the Shostakovich 'Jazz Suite' played on a solitary piano under a full moon, inspired Isabelle to pursue musical perfection. She attended the junior school at the Conservatoire Nationale de Génever in neighbouring Switzerland from the age of five.
When her mother, Gaëlle, bought the College Des Sirènes from the long established Laurent family, Isabelle was transferred here at the age of eleven, where she continued her piano lessons and also began to study the violin, the voice, composition, harmony and counterpoint, alongside other subjects such as drama, philosophy and history.
Upon completion of her Baccalaureate in the fine arts, Isabelle went on to study join honours piano and composition at the Blue Mountains Conservatory, the most prestigious music academy in Europe, where she would go on to win many distinguished competitions and prizes, and to partake in many auspicious masterclasses and laboratories coached by some of the finest musicians and clinicians on the continent.
Through a piano accompaniment laboratory at the Blue Mountains Conservatory, Isabelle met her first true love, the young tenor and opera student, Pierre Martel. Their partnership was musical as much as personal, for Isabelle accompanied Pierre through all four of his recitals given at each stage of their degree. They soon earned themselves a reputation as two of the most distinguished and promising young musicians on the continent and earned them much respect from their peers and professors alike.
Isabelle's other notable accomplice at the Blue Mountains Conservatory was the soprano and opera student, Merle Moéthie. The girls soon became fast friends, bonded through their mutual love of the art-popular crossover genre with a certain cosmological weighting. The girls began to collaborate together, writing operas, music dramas and small musical theatre pieces and suites. Merle would write the lyrics and construct the melodies, while Isabelle would compose the harmony and realise the orchestration. The result was a succession of mind-bending, tantalising musical compositions that formed the basis for Isabelle's later arguments on music and its relationship to cognitive ideas.
Unfortunately, much as the girls were peas in a pod, alike in so many ways, there was one significant difference that led to a major breach in their friendship during their postgraduate years at the conservatory. Isabelle disagreed with the way that her music should be subservient to the words, and she believed that it should speak in its own 'language' of sonic forms, textures and timbres. But Merle was insistent that their music should reflect the lyrical content and subject matter of the poetry, and it was for this reason that their collaboration split. Isabelle and Merle soon made up for their argument, and they decided that, for the sake of their friendship, they would stop musically collaborating together, because they feared that their musical collaboration would become a detriment to their friendship. Subsequently, their friendship has become stronger, and formed upon a basis of acceptance, trust and mutual respect; embracing one another as complementary sides of the same coin. Instead, they work together, but they keep their projects separate, and as such, their friendship has become one of the most notable among musical circles.
Isabelle also composed many of her fine concerti during her time at the Blue Mountains Conservatory. Her debut performance of the Pouenc First Piano Concerto in 'C sharp' Minor was received to great acclaim, as was her performance of the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto in 'C' minor in a special gala recital for the final performance at the end of her fourth year earning her the status as Second Recipient of the now highly-coveted Berlitzer Award, along with a First Class Joint Honours Degree. Isabelle went on to study piano and composition to Masters' Level at the conservatory before embarking on a doctorate in the Philosophy of Performance.
During her PhD, Isabelle specialised in the 'Musica Universalis' ('Music of the Spheres') - a quasi-mathematical, quasi philosophical school of thought that believed that the natural proportions of the celestial orbs (Sun, Moon and five planets) correspond to the vibrations of the notes. This was tied into her fascination with astrology and the cosmos.
After leaving the conservatory, Isabelle freelanced with many of the finest orchestras and sinfonietti in the land, and she was revered for her knowledge of the precious Western Harmony, which was said to be virtually unparalleled. In 1980, Isabelle inherited from her mother the College des Sirènes, situated in the high flood tables of the Durance River Province, in the Alpine region of France, where she became the youngest headmistress to preside there. Now that she had her own headquarters, she continued her research on music and its relationship to the soul, she founded the 'Old Girls Association for Extremely Talented Musicians' and she composed her first two symphonies, 'Symphony of Enchantment' and 'Symphony of Celestial Spheres' - the latter of which contained five movements, each representing the five classical planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn).
By this stage, sources state that Isabelle had a reputation for having an overtly-technical approach to music. While many thought that she was a 'good' musician, a virtuoso, and technically-brilliant; she was never thought to be a 'great' musician. Her compositions were thought of as conventional and her performance skills were merely technical. Her dislike for chaos and disorder manifested itself within her music, which, while adequate, showed no passion or emotion, adhering always to the rules and to conventionality. It is quite possible that it was for these reasons that Isabelle had decided to pursue an academic, theoretical direction at the culmination of her education. Of course, much of this might also be attributed to her declining relationship with Pierre and subsequent affair with Randolph Spitzburg.
When a party was held at the College Des Sirènes, Isabelle had the opportunity to meet Randolph through her childhood friend Luís Rodríguez, and she fell in love with him. She found solace there. And even though the stoic Randolph was committed by honour and wealth to his wife, Lysann, and Isabelle had been dating Pierre for some years now; Isabelle knew that he was for her. She was not the type of woman to be dissuaded from her goals, and she pursued Randolph with vengeance. Isabelle soon realised that alchemy was the perfect solution to both her aesthetic mediocrity and her quest for love. Her ultimate ambition with alchemy was to ensure that she and Randolph were both eternal, and therefore, eternally in love. Any dalliances with mortal women could be forgiven and forgotten. Lady Lysann Arageiner would grow old and die, and Isabelle would be waiting.
Isabelle and Randolph are believed to have met in a previous life. Not much is known about this previous life, but that they lived in the islands surrounding Ancient Greece. One day, Randolph was swimming, when he looked up and he saw Isabelle sat, like a mermaid, upon a rock jutting out over the water. He thought that she was the most beautiful girl that he had ever seen. But he was too shy to go up and talk to her. So his friend offered to approach her on his behalf, but Randolph told his friend not to. Yet his friend was neither shy nor obedient. So he went to meet her and he introduced them the same night, at a party. Late that night, Isabelle leaned in and whispered in Randolph's ear, Randolph touched Isabelle's cheek, and they kissed. Isabelle and Randolph were married in this previous life, and when they met, memories began flooding back and rekindled their relationship in the present life.
Isabelle and Randolph had illegitimate twins in 1987, Phoébe and Deime, who were sent to Strasbourg to be cared for. This was not made public until some years later, and has since become the biggest scandal in the history of the college. Isabelle and Randolph parted in 1987, soon after the disappearance of Luís' own illegitimate daughter, Corina Torres, and Pierre left Vannecy, stationing himself some miles to the south-west, where he spent eighteen years tending to Flood Control Dam no. 1., seeking seclusion, broken-hearted by Isabelle's infidelity.
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Isabelle (left) and Hayda Loral, circa 1992
It was of course during these years that one of Isabelle's students was none other than Hayda Loral. At this point, Isabelle had become part of an elite society of alchemists known as the 'Divine Coregency', consisting of herself, Randolph Spitzburg, Luís Rodríguez and Seth Gladenssen. Together, these four alchemists perfected their practices and sought to harness the Elexir of Life through blood sacrifice. Hayda Loral became the blood specimen for this Devilish plot, and was adopted by the alchemists in return for the Amarendine Locket, which prolonged the life of Hayda's father, the wine merchant, Louiss Loral.
Hence each of the four had a sign, indicating a planet, a metal and an element. Isabelle's planet was Venus, her metal was copper and her element was water. Isabelle presided over Hayda during her seven adolescent years, until Hayda, discovering that something was going on, secretly planned to flee with her true love, Hayrak. Unfortunately, Isabelle thwarted their plan, and attempted to re-establish contact with the other alchemists, so that they could fulfil their dream. However, Hayda went against her destiny, and lived on. Isabelle, Randolph and Luís were betrayed by Seth, who attempted to hand them over to their main rival, Celius Horn, who was headmaster at the Blue Mountains Conservatory. The ensuing struggles were drawn out through the nineties and early noughties and collectively were known as the 'Third World War' (although many still believe that it was a disagreement about the substances injected into meat products that were commercially available on the market).
Isabelle's main rival, naturally, is Lysann Arageiner, the current wife of Isabelle's former love, Randolph Spitzburg. Originally, they were friends when the couples were introduced. But when Seth Gladenssen formed the alchemical circle, Isabelle deliberately cut out Lysann. Lysann found out about their affair because her sister, Vera, was teaching German at the College des Sirènes. Lysann decided to take matters into her own hands and confront Isabelle directly, via letter.
Although we have never been formally introduced, I feel like I have known you for years. At least, I know many things about you. I know that you sleep with my husband. I know that you are just one of his many mistresses. Or did you believe that he loved only you? Has he been entertaining you with ridiculous talk of the future, of marriage? Did you ever imagine that he would leave me for you, and that you would rule Arageiner as the next Lady Spitzburg? Let me assure you, madame, that you have no future with my husband. He needs me, our fortress, and our lovely money. Without me, there is no Arageiner. And there is nothing and nobody that he loves more than that. I am the only one Spitzburg has loved, I am the only one with whom he shares a bed, and I am the only one who will sit on his right hand as Queen of Arageiner. You, on the other hand, are nothing but a common slag, and you deserve to drown in your own mire.
Lady Lysann Spitzburg (Spitzburg’s wife)
To which Isabelle responded:
Dear Lady Lysann Arageiner,
Thank you for your wise words and your conscientious advice. I understand that you cherish your earthly matrimony with admirable vengeance. However, our destiny together far transcends your mortal needs. Spitzburg and I are destined to be together forever, which means that you need to keep your abnormally large nose out of our business. I challenge you to sit on your plush throne and to wait for your husband to return. Believe me, you will be long dead before then. Meanwhile, please do attend Coronation Recital. There, you will be able to enjoy an evening of fine music and poetry, and to witness yourself who the true queen really is.
Madame Isabelle Oreille
However, Lysann, having secured her throne as Queen of the Heidelberg ridge, was not so easily defeated. Unlike her fellow 'mortals', Pierre, who retreated to the Flood Control Dam for eighteen years, or Alejandra, who returned to Andalusia; Lysann followed Randolph all the way to the St John's Cathedral, when they emancipated Corina Torres. Upon discovering Lysann's presence at the cathedral, Isabelle strangled Lysann and left her for dead on the floor of the cathedral. Lysann awoke some hours later to find that the cathedral was in flames, and Corina was dead. She escaped moments before the cathedral was devastated by the blaze.
Isabelle and Lysann briefly reunited in 2006, when they were both taken prisoner by Seth, and Hayda came to rescue them. At this point, the two women were united in their fight against Seth and Celius, but nothing much was said between them.
A few years later, Isabelle approached Lysann and apologised for the bad blood that had been between them all of these years, reassuring Lysann that Randolph loved Lysann, that during the time in which he was with Isabelle, he was always thinking of Lysann, and that when Isabelle and Randolph kissed, Isabelle could see Randolph's dreams, and they were always of Lysann. Lysann made peace with Isabelle.
Above (left to right): Celius Horn, Alejandra Torres, Lysann Spitzburg and Isabelle Oreille, photographed whilst being imprisoned at the Institut Psykiatren, Slottetsval, Sweden, 2006.
In amongst these dramas, Isabelle had become one of the most widely-respected presidents of the College Des Sirènes. Most notable for directing the first ever performance of Claude Dripussy's celebrated musical ballet 'March of the Swans', Isabelle coordinated a number of music theatre productions put on by the students of the college. She is also notable for having recorded several albums of solo piano music, such as 'Isabelle Oreille Plays The Blues' on the right.
Despite her aesthetic mediocrity, Isabelle is still widely respected as a performer. She currently holds the principle violin chair with the Vannecy Sinfonia, and also works as a pianist with several chamber groups and ensembles such as the celebrated 'Azure Contemporary Music Ensemble' and as a répétiteur/accompanist for the Vannecy Opera. In addition to these projects and her post as headmistress, director of music and piano tutor at College Des Sirènes, Isabelle gives regular recitals across major European cities Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Berlin, Vienna and Rome.
Isabelle is expected to retire from College Des Sirènes in 2015, which will mark 35 years as headmistress of the college. She will be succeeded by the eldest of her twin daughters, distinguished concert flautist, Phoébe Oreille. The occasion will be marked by a formal handover ceremony, which will combine members of the Vannecy Sinfonia with rising young stars of the College Des Sirènes Senior Orchestra in a synoptic orchestra conducted by Isabelle herself. During her retirement Isabelle will return to Pierre and rekindle the relationship that had been snuffed in years gone by. Will Pierre take back Isabelle? Only time will tell.
Isabelle has wavy, blonde hair, blue-aquamarine eyes, and classic Aphrodisiac looks. Her colours are blue and turquoise, colours of the sea. She wears seahorse earrings and a treble clef neckless.
While she is teaching, Isabelle tends to opt for a simple, humble navy dress with a collar and frilly sleeves. When she is performing or at a concert, Isabelle wears glamourous gowns of black or blue and green.
LIST OF MUSICAL WORKS
- The Mermaid (La Sirène)
- The Life of the Angel Gabriel (La Vie de l’Ange Gabrielle)
- Ana “Belles-Artes” and the Maharajah
- March of the Swans
- Montage of Nature (Montage de la Nature)
- Planets Rhapsody – a composition in 5 notes (Rhapsodie des Planetes)
- Fugue for Woodwinds and Waterfalls
- Eclipse Suite for Piano and Flute
- The Russian Doll Overture
Concerto no.1 – for Violin and Volcano
Concerto no.2 – for Piano – The Toy House (Mock N’veeran; Kandisian)
Symphony no.1 – Symphony of Enchantment
Symphony no.2 – Symphony of Celestial Spheres
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
Instrumental Arrangement: A Critique of the Contemporary Architecture
Introduction to the Orchestra
Melodious Vat: A Joke Recipe for Pure Music in Liquid Form
On Music and Cosmology
On Music and Language of the Soul
On Music and Perfection
On Music and Revelation
On Music and Transcendence
On Music, Poetry and Sculpture
On Musika Essencia
On Musika Moderna
Recipe for Romanticism in a Jar
The Temple of the Ancients – An Imaginary Pagoda of Musical Symmetricism (Orientalism and Mysticism in the Music of the Mountains)
Cosmic Harmony – The Inner Resonances of the Spheres
Practice, Preparation and Performance: Three “P”s On the Path to Perfection
Towards an Alchemical Approach to Music
Towards an Appreciation of the great 19th century Classics
Towards Enlightenment: Music and the Metaphysics of the Soul
Anthology of College Fellows and the Great Deeds They Have Done
Anthology of Old Girls and their Contributions to College Welfare
Anthology of Composers in Vannecy
LIST OF RECORDINGS
Isabelle Oreille In Conversation with Luís Rodríguez: On Pastoral Music, Nature and the Eternal, Unfolding Revelation.
Isabelle Oreille In Conversation with Pierre Martel: The Great Operas and Operettas Of Our Time
Isabelle Oreille In Conversation with Valerie Laurent: On the Gramophone and Metaphysics in Art
Isabelle Oreille In Conversation with Sophie-Camille Parquette: Mimicism in the Mimes and Panto-Mimes of Dripussy the “Sad Clown” – reminiscences of our society
Isabelle Oreille in Conversation with “invisible” players from the Vannecy Philharmonic Orchestra: Introducing the Instruments of the Orchestra (for Dimwits)
Isabelle Oreille – Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no.2 and no.3 with the Blue Mountains Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
Isabelle Oreille – Celestias The Divine Piano Concerto with the Blue Mountains Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
Isabelle Oreille – Plays The Blues
Isabelle Oreille – Elemental Sketches on a Shoestring
Isabelle Oreille – Plays The Delicate Works of Maurice De Ravin
Isabelle Oreille – Poulenc Piano Concertos with the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra
Isabelle Oreille – Sadie Preludes
Isabelle Oreille – Dripussy Preludes
Isabelle Oreille & Phoébe Oreille – Reunited: Newly Commissioned Duets for Piano and Flute
‘What very fine hands you have. Just right…’
‘Hayda…Your locket! I’ve never seen it off you. It’s lovely…’
‘And, for the final item of the evening, it gives me great pleasure to introduce the newest prodigy to graduate from the college.’
‘And, as we all know, no concert can be complete without the standard conclusory anthem. Hit it girls!’
‘The lights will go on now…Oh! – and don’t forget to donate those euros into the donation booth outside. Thanks again…’
Chantal Rouge was responsible for noticing Hayda on the front cover of the newspaper, graduating with her classmates of 1992 at the College des Sirènes. Chantal wrote to Hayda, explaining that she shone 'like a candle in the dark' and that she would be perfect to model Chanel's black dress. Subsequently Hayda became the face of the little black dress, Summer 1992.
From a career and aspirations point of view, Chantal was the manager and agent who swept Hayda off her feet, drew her to Paris, and turned her into a superstar - as Hayda had always dreamed. Unfortunately, Chantal went bust and Hayda was left in Paris with no job and no money.
Between 1992-2010, Chantal maintained her life in Paris, and her contacts in the fashion industry. In 2010, when she found out that Hayda was merging her business with The Dolum, she contacted Hayda offering to help out, in redemption of what had happened eighteen years previously. Hayda delightedly took up the offer, and she made Chantal associate director of DoLor. Now, Chantal shares an office with Hayda and the Dolum, and she spends many hours with Hayda drinking cups of coffee and panning their next business moves.
Chantal has short, fake red hair and she wears loads of makeup. Her lips are bright red and pursed. She usually wears designer jackets and suits with high-heeled shoes.
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Véronique Laurent was born on 12 September, 1973, to Monsieur Antoine Laurent and his wife Rosalie, in Vannecy in the French Alps. She began to learn the 'cello at just five years old, and she trained at the Conservatoire in Geneva where she progressed rapidly, whilst being schooled at home in Vannecy.
Véronique spent much of her childhood at the College des Sirènes where her mother taught history. Véronique fell asleep to many of the four hour concerts that were long and drawn out through the night, and the music seeped through her ears and into her subconscious mind, sharpening her intelligence for later life.
In 1984, Véronique was one of two students (along with French Candadian Arianne Richarde) who was admitted to the reception year of College des Sirènes, where she was first taught theory by Madame Isabelle Oreille. Véronique and Arianne became fast friends, and stuck together during their subsequent years at the college.
In 1985, Véronique and Arianne were joined by ten other students, including Alexandrie Louparde, Chao Pao, Antheille Du Mont, Magalie St Pierre and Hayda Loral who became her best friends. Véronique, being the oldest in the class, became 'mother hen' to the other girls, and was always the most popular, although during their turbulent teenage years, Véronique was always the one never to stray from the straight-and-narrow.
During her time at the College des Sirènes, Véronique participated in nearly every school ensemble and society, including long-term member of both Junior and Senior orchestras synchronously, String Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra, singing alto with the Choral Society and Senior Vocal Troupe, Musical Theatre Collective, her string quartet with Arianne, Alexandrie and Chao, and even performing briefly with Hayda (clarinet) as part of a trio accompanied by Isabelle Oreille on the piano.
In 1990, Véronique became head girl for two years. She performed in Coronation recital in a trio with Alexandrie (violin) and Madame Isabelle Oreille on the piano, and performed a concerto for her final recital.
Véronique specialised in Baroque repertoire, and became a leading member of the committee for the College des Sirènes Baroque Orchestra, with Madame Isabelle Oreille on the harpsichord.
Academically, Véronique was the best in her class, and she scored the highest marks for Baccalaureate level, with 'A' classifications in Music, History, French, English and Traditional Studies (Classics). Musically, she was the third best in the class, only succeeded by Alexandrie and Chao, who were technically brilliant. Véronique went on to study music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, in Geneva, Switzerland where she perfected the art of 'cello.
In 1996, when she finished conservatory, Véronique returned to Vannecy where she continued to freelance with various orchestras, string groups and ensembles, and took up the teaching post of 'cello at the College des Sirènes.
Sixteen years on, Véronique is still teaching 'cello and conducting the String and Baroque orchestras at the College des Sirènes, the only member of her class to have stayed on at the college. She has also become chair of the Old Girls Association for Extremely Talented Musicians, and manages the alumni relations office.
Current responsibilities include:
- Teacher of 'cello
- Conductor of the String and Baroque orchestras
- Chair of the Old Girls Association for Extremely Talented Musicians
- Alumni relations manager (organising nostalgic reunions for old girls)
- General student welfare liaison (organising out-of-hours clubs and activities for girls)
Véronique plans to linger on at the college as 'a big fish in a little pond' for many years to come.
Véronique was the tallest in the class, with long dark brown hair and dark green 'interested' eyes. During the '80's and early 90's, she had long, waist-length straggly thick and frizzy hair, which she scragged back, and a cow's lick parting in the fringe that looked like the handlebars of a bicycle. Now, her hair is sleeker and smoother with layering towards the front, but still at arm's length.
Véronique is said to have a 'refined smile'. She is always there, always about, and always with a wise, knowing smile. Véronique is also a familiar face, associated with the college by all who visit (presumably because she features prominently in the college prospectus).
College des Sirènes is located in the West Alpine province, close to the Swiss border, Flood Control Dam no.7 and the nearby abbey town of Vannecy, situated in the Durance river basin. The college building is an ebullant, sprawling manor house, set against acres of wild wetlands and shallow flood plains.
The standards are excellent. The school includes a full auditorium and atrium along with a recital room, chapel, library, and ten classrooms. There are four dormitories spread out over the first floor and second floor, which can accommodate up to eighty students.
Madame Isabelle Oreille, internationally renowned classical pianist and graduate of the Blue Mountains Conservatory, is the esteemed Headmistress of this academy. As Madame Isabelle Oreille has played with all the finest sinfonias and orchestras in the land, her knowledge of the precious Western harmony is virtually unparalleled.
Isabelle Oreille attended the Junior Conservatoire Nationale de Géneve, where she studied the piano and also began to study the violin, the voice and composition. On completion of her baccalaureate in the fine arts, Isabelle went on to study piano and composition at the Blue Mountains Conservatory, where she attained a first class honours degree in 1973. Isabelle stayed on at the Conservatory to complete an MMus in composition and piano, and later a master of Philosophy in Music, in Aesthetic Musicology and Performance. During her time at the Blue Mountains Conservatory, Isabelle composed a number of her fine operas and concerti, and published her masters’ dissertation on Music and the Relationship to the Soul. After leaving the Conservatory, Isabelle completed a PGCE in Paris and studied composition with Nadia Boulanger, as well as freelancing with the Philharmonia Nationale and other professional orchestras, chamber groups and contemporary music ensembles. In 1978, Isabelle became the youngest headmistress to take over at College des Sirènes. There, she continued her research on music and its relationship to ultimate truth, composed her first symphony – entitled Symphony of Enchantment, and founded the Old Girls Association for extremely talented musicians. Isabelle expects to complete her second symphony soon, entitled Symphony of Celestial Spheres. Isabelle was awarded the Berlitzer prize for extremely talented musicians in 1992. In addition to her post as headmistress, director of music and tutor in piano at the College des Sirènes, Vannecy, Isabelle gives regular recitals in Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Vienna and Rome.
Choosing a suitable education for your daughter is one of the most paramount decisions that you will ever make, in terms of her spiritual, emotional and intellectual development and welfare. I hope that you will enjoy browsing through the pages of this prospectus, and that it will assist in making that decision in a most pleasurable and constructive way.
Any girl who attends the college is encouraged to play a musical instrument, or at least to sing, and to study well in their own time to stretch their abilities to the full. There is no homework here, but girls are expected to expand their minds when not in the classroom.
As one of the few specialist music academies in the Alps, College des Sirènes can offer your child special opportunities and career prospects. Many of our graduates go on to study music at conservatories, music schools and universities throughout Europe, and do great things, either in the world of music or in other related fields of interest. At College des Sirènes, we pride ourselves on our unique atmosphere, and a sense of community. The nuns are all very friendly, and act as mothers to the children, providing a healthy environment in which your child can grow. Preserving their purity is integral for them becoming well-developed individuals. Becoming attuned to oneself and to those around us is an important stage of development. Here, we believe that music cultivates the passions of the soul, and educates the heart and mind.
There are many opportunities here in Vannecy. The college itself is a vibrant concert venue. Visiting orchestras, choirs, chamber groups, soloists and shows stop by in the valley to perform at the college. The church, museum and market square also attract a number of writers, painters and dancers from the land. Vannecy is a rich, friendly community, and there are numerous opportunities for excursions and watersports within the valley itself, such as walking, sailing and windsurfing.
If you would like the opportunity to look around, and maybe talk to some of our staff or students, please do come to one of our richly varied concerts, as we would love to meet new people and show off the fresh talent of our students to you all. If you would desire more information, please call the box office and arrange for a brochure to be delivered.
We hope you enjoy your time here.
Bmus BMC, MMus BMC, MPhil (Paris)
As the most important subject in the school, College des Sirènes provides a rich, stimulating environment in which your child can grow as a musician.
Each child is assigned an instrument, usually organised by the parent, on which they develop through one-to-one lessons on a weekly basis. The school, whilst emphasising the violin, recognises the classical beauty of all instruments in the traditional Philharmonic orchestra, and offers courses of study across a range of disciplines.
All students are obliged to play in one of our two orchestras or to sing in the choir. Additionally, students are encouraged to broaden out into more specialised fields, such as the string orchestra, wind orchestra, brass band, opera society and musical theatre collective. There are also numerous opportunities for ethnic music workshops such as Gamelan, African drumming, Andean folk group and Gospel choir (formerly known as Senior Vocal Troupe). Older girls may elect to form their own chamber groups and organise their own lunchtime recitals. These help to lengthen our concerts and contribute to the musical life of the college.
The school emphasises the Western Classical tradition, and all students are given a solid foundation in music history and aesthetic issues. In addition, there is a weekly theory class, grounding students in techniques such as composition, harmony and counterpoint, analytical theory and aural skills.
Madame Isabelle Oreille – specialist areas of expertise:
- Early 20th century French Impressionist School
- Nationalism towards the end of the 19th century
- Aesthetic issues in the 19th century, Wagner and Liszt
- Harmony of the Spheres; Music and the Relationship to Cosmology
We encourage girls to specialise in these areas, although elective options later on range from Medieval, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern and World Music, however, students will receive less assistance in these areas.
Sæur Elise Joconde
Art is taught behind the stage of the main auditorium. We specialise in painting backdrops, murals and large landscapes. Additionally, there are opportunities for sculpture and prop design. In general, art is usually geared towards operas and musicals.
Sæur Linda Asquoine
Drama is taught in the auditorium. Drama incorporates both acting and dancing. Students are encouraged to participate in our plays and dance competitions.
We usually put on two shows per year, one small-scale musical in December, and one large-scale opera in April. Students are encouraged to assimilate their skills of art and design, literature, personification, mime, mimickry, mockery and music in contributing to these shows. Performances in shows are assessed as part of the course. Additionally, students are assessed on small group work and monologue.
Visiting tutors from the valley come here to teach ballet, tap, latin and ballroom. Additionally, there are many opportunities for excursions in dance related sports such as ice-skating, dressage, dressing-up and water dancing, around the valley. Competitions are held on a regular basis.
March of the Swans (above), 1991
English - Lady Elizabeth Addams
Latin - Sæur Doto
German - Frau Franzcheska Sappel
Russian - Madame Anya Popinova
Italian - Señori Olivia Charlotti
Spanish - Señora Lola Delgada
Holy Scripture - Sæur Joyanne Grilleaux
History - Sæur Rosalie Laurent
Geography - Sæur Pauline Saloniere
Literature Sæur Doto
Numeracie (Level 11-Level 4) Sæur Evi
Sciencerie (Level 11-Level 4) Sæur Evi
Have a subject in mind? Would like it to be taught? Please write to us, and let us know your views and suggestions.
College des Sirènes was established in the early 19th century to address the falling standards of harmony and musicianship in the central Alpine regions and to churn out better quality musicians to fill its languishing orchestras. Built on the site of Flood Control Dam no. 7, the school would provide a safe haven for children with special abilities and talents, surrounded by the natural environment to nurture their needs and requirements.
The school was founded by Nereide Oreille, the first known name in the historic Oreille family bloodline, which is thought to have originated from the wild mermaids who resided in the marshes, river valleys and lakes of the Durance River Province.
The atrium, auditorium and classroom/dormitory wings were first built in 1812. Constructed from white marble, with ebullient French windows and Romanesque columns, the structure was set on a rich foundation to prevent it from sinking into the damp, spongy floor of the valley. The library and practice wings were added in 1827, built in such a style as to complement the classical architecture. The chapel was built in 1841, completing the structure. A white, wooden annex was built in 1918 to celebrate the end of the Second World War. However, this was swept away some fifty years later during the great floods of the nineteen seventies.
The school has been owned by various noble families, including not only the Oreille, but also the Louparde family during the early twentieth century and the Laurent family following the Second World War.
Gaëlle Oreille (mother of Isabelle Oreille) was the first in the current line of the Oreille family who purchased the college back from Valerie Laurent in 1952 after forty years under the Laurent family reign. Gaëlle was headmistress of the College Des Sirènes
Hayda Claudine Anne Loral (08.06.1974) is the central figure around which the Lorallian revolves. The youngest daughter of Louiss and Dianne Loral, and youngest sister to Séraphine, Georgine, Celine, Marine, Marielle and Claire Loral.
She was artificially conceived in perfect alignment with the planets at the Institut Psykiatren in Slottetsval, Sweden, by Doctor Seth Gladenssen. She was born at the family home - the Chateau de Loral, Rouenac sur Ouirel, Loire Atlantique, France where she spent the first few years of her life.
1974-1979 Rouenac, France
Hayda was born at 8:00am, Wednesday 8th June, 1974, at the Chateau de Loral, Rouenac sur Ouirel, Loire Atlantique, France to Louiss Loral II and his wife Dianne. During the early years of her life, Hayda was subject to 'many a prodding and poking' from her six elder sisters.
1979-1985 Escaletaña, Spain
Hayda was sent to the Monasterio del Ignacio, Escaletaña, in the dry, arid regions of sourthern Spain, where she was fostered and cared for by Bishop Luís Rodríguez, who would teach her 'the mysteries of all things, above and below the fiery towers'. There, she learned life's early lessons and God's mysterious ways, and developed a passion for melody. Determined and curious, she began to learn the clarinet.
At the age of eleven, Hayda was thin and waif like, with dark eyes and dark hair, tied in two pigtail plaits, her primary focus being her clarinet performance and her strict morality. Now that she was approaching maturity, her parents deemed it inappropriate for a young woman to be dwelling among a primordially male order at the monastery, and they believed that she was a distraction and a potential temptress to the other monks. Thus they demanded she leave at once.
1985-1992 Vannecy, France
Seeking an alternative placement, away from home, her parents arranged for her to have a seat at an all-girls' boarding school - the College des Sirènes School of Arts and Cultures in Vannecy, situated on the drizzly flood plains of the French Alps - where she would spend the next seven years honing and developing her talents and abilities under the close watchful eye of Madame Isabelle Oreille.
For the first time, she found friends of her age - Magalie and Chao, and also Véronique, Arianne, Alexandrie and Antheille. She also met Hayrak for the first time through an exchange visit with the all-boys' Krünchen-Halla Military School from Heidlwald in the black forests of Germany.
1992-1998 Paris, France
In this stage of her life, known as her 'breaking from unity', Hayda disgraced her family by going against their wishes to undertake military training at the school, instead leaving for Paris to become a model. Here, she became the face of the 'little black dress' and also became a 'creature of the night'. During one of her nights at work, Hayda had a blissful encounter with Hayrak in a Monmartre townhouse.
In 1997, after five years on the run, Hayda returned to her family. She was once again sent to train as a soldier in World War Three, and sailed to England for the first time, but she was later found in a coma inside the bowels of a chapel on the south coast of England.
Her parents decided to send her to West Hilbury in London to become a teacher. She taught for one term at Oaks Close Primary School, before getting sacked for locking up two students in the paints cupboard. Nevertheless, she was allowed to take the class to summer camp in Roscoff, France, for two glorious weeks. Here, she encountered Hayrak again during a night in a camp site. However, she decided to take the kids home when a plane crashed into the field beyond. Through these experiences she met the Taylor family, who got her an alternative job working for the metropolitan police.
1998-2016 Hilbury, UK
Hayda enrolled at the London Park Police Constabulary, West Hilbury on the outskirts of London, to train as a police officer. There, she once again met Hayrak and they finally got married one year later back at the Chateau de Loral in France. They had their first child, Daniel, in 2000.
During her time with the police force, Hayda also joined the local girl band 'Seveness' when Kate unexpectedly left the band in 2000. Hayda continued to do the early morning shift at the police station for four years until she became pregnant in late 2003, and took extended maternity leave. She never returned to the police station.
2004-2010 Early business pursuits
Shortly before her father's untimely murder, Hayda bought the premises at Orent Road, Sisorca, and set up her shop 'Hayda's Hall of Mirrors', importing fine jewellery and watches, quality cosmetics, and the choiciest rougerie (lipstick and makeup) on the market, from across the continent into the suburbs of West London, and 'flogging them for extortionate prices'.
As the business developed, Hayda then bought out next door's Toni & Guy Academy and marketed her wares under the brand 'LoralLee'.
2005-2006 Time Wanderer
In 2005, Hayda's father was mysteriously murdered, throwing Hayda into turmoil, for he was helping her set up her business. Hayda was distraught, and she never made it to the funeral. Instead, she decided to start her life over again, from the day that she left the Chateau at the age of five, to now, and to relive all of her experiences so that she could understand her life's meaning. She spent a year haunting old deserted locations - the monastery in Spain, the college in France, the fortress in Germany and even the place where she was conceived, the tower in Sweden - to discover the secrets that have surrounded her life.
In the first two locations, she understood that there was a girl, born on exactly the same day and time, who had mysteriously vanished on the eve of the Great Eclipse in 1987. In Germany, she discovered the alchemical conspiracy and the feuds between the four figures who she had always looked up to. In Sweden, she discovered that she was conceived artificially and that her uncle, Denis, was her true biological father.
During this time, Hayda also returned to the Chateau de Loral to find it deserted, and for the first time, she was able to kneel before the grave of her father.
Hayda finally returned to West Hilbury, but instead visited the chapel on Phoenix Row to witness the next eclipse. She voluntarily offered herself to the eclipse so that the missing girl could be retrieved, but miraculously, she came back to life. It was this experience that reconciled Hayda with her estranged mother.
DoLor and beyond
2010-2016 DoLor, London
Hayda went into business with Dolimo Bunker, and together they launched the brand DoLor.
2016-0000 DoLor, Paris
Hayda set up a branch of DoLor in Paris, France.
Hayda, much like her older sisters, has a very dark complexion, with fair skin and raven black hair. She has dark blue eyes, a pointy nose and a 'healthy, blushing smile that breaks forth, transforming her face into a radiant glow'. She is of average height, elegantly slim yet curvy.
Her traditional outfit is a black lycra body suit, with an open chest and back, sometimes wearing a skirt over the adjoining trousers section, which is used as a 'prop' for dramatic / theatrical / symbolic effect. Upon her 'delicately exposed chest' she wears a ruby locket in the shape of a heart, on a silver chain. Hayda has always been a lover of lipstick and makeup, and she wears red lipstick, red blusher and black eyeliner, with painted red nails.
On an evening out, Hayda will wear a very slinky and revealing black backless evening dress, and she has also occasionally sported white and red backless evening dresses respectively. At night, she wears 'body cloth' - a semi-transparent garment that moulds itself around the body, designed for premium comfort and ease of use. Hayda takes every opportunity to swim wherever there is water, and she wears a black strapless swimming costume that she often peels down for practicality purposes so that she is topless.
Apart from that, Hayda does not vary her outfits that greatly. As a fashion and beauty enthusiast, this is perhaps because she likes to remain minimalist, and present herself as a 'blank canvas' upon which the 'beholder' might imagine her revealing her 'hidden beauty'. This, however, has not been confirmed.
Unlike her dress sense, her hair has evolved through many changes. When Hayda was a toddler, she had an ugly pudding bowl haircut, but she soon grew her hair and wore them in pigtail platts. When she was thirteen, Hayrak (her husband-to-be) accidentally burned her hair to medium length as part of a game that went wrong; Hayda decided that she liked her hair as a bob, and cultivated this style until she was eighteen. When Hayda first became a model in 1992, her hair (which had grown long again) was cut short into a pixie crop. This stage symbolized her 'breaking from unity'. Hayda maintained short hair throughout the nineties until the early noughties, when, 'inspired by Catherine Zeta Jones in Mask of Zorro', Hayda grew her hair long again - which she hadn't had since a child. However, when her father was murdered in early 2005, Hayda decided to cut her hair to a shortened bob again during her travels in Spain. When she arrived in the Alps, her hair was cut even shorter to a pixie crop again. Hayda has maintained short hairstyles ever since.
Hayrak is Hayda's childhood sweetheart and the love of her life. Hayda first met Hayrak at the age of twelve through an exchange visit with a partner military school based at a fortress in the German Black Forest, and through him, she is said to have had her first encounter with 'Love'. Hayrak was as lonely and secluded as she, and with him, she found artistic expression. Here was a boy who shared her eccentric flight of fantasy emotions, a boy as independent-minded as she, and most of all, a boy who lit a flame within Hayda and illuminated the empty hollows of her life. Together they were complete.
At the end of the school exchange, the two schools celebrated by holding a parting dance. Unlike the other shy, young adolescent couples who were awkwardly and soberly waltzing each other on the dance floor, Hayda and Hayrak had escaped into the quiet solitude of the backstage area, where they were savouring their last moments together before he was due to leave. Hayda was on the brink of giving her ruby red heart shaped locket to Hayrak, perhaps as a remembrance present, but they were interrupted by Madame Oreille, who 'accidentally' dropped the locket through the floor. Hayda stormed out.
Later on in her college life, Hayda became so withdrawn from Isabelle, and completely infatuated and love sick over Hayrak that the couple made plans to run away together. Unfortunately, Isabelle found out just in time, and she emotionally blackmailed Hayda into deciding to stay.
Hayrak came to Hayda again on the night of her final recital, under the stars behind the stage curtain veil, and there, they consummated their love for the first time.
Hayda never saw Hayrak again for a few years until she was working as a 'creature of the night' in the streets of Monmartre, Paris. It was during one of those nights' work that she encountered Hayrak again in the four-poster bed of a Monmartre townhouse. She didn't recognize him until after the blissful encounter, yet unlike most men who would use her, abuse her and then simply fly off into the night, she noticed that this one was different. He lingered by her bed well into the late hours of the morning, and he paid her to stand there naked at the window as he painted pictures of her. The euphoria and ecstasy of the 'morning after' encounter is captured by the poignant Paganini Rhapsody which 'blared gently on a ghetto blaster by [her] bed'.
The two met by coincidence in a campsite on the shores of northern Brittany, in France, where Hayda was taking the kids on summer camp.
Destiny was to bring them together again, when, at the age of twenty-four, they were both enrolled at the same police constabulary in London, to train as police officers. There, they grew ever closer, and finally married one year later. The royal wedding of Hayda and Hayrak took place at the Chateau de Loral on Sunday 6th June 1999. Hayda arrived on a beautiful gold horse-drawn carriage. She was accompanied by two children (Zac and Louise Taylor), eighteen bridesmaids (six pink, six blue, six gold), her father Louiss Loral, her mother Dianne Loral, her maid of honour and the best man (Isabelle Oreille and Randolph Spitzburg), the priest Luís Rodríguez and the toast master Seth Gladenssen.
The ceremony took place in the Chateau chapel. According to reports, Hayda was heard to exclaim 'This is a remarkable day!' when her father gave her away to Hayrak at the altar. A glorious three-course banquet was held in the main room of the Chateau, to much delight.
The evening reception took place in the upstairs throne room of the Chateau, and the congregation were entertained with the 'Joséphine Boulanger Band' who serenaded the guests with a variety of music including several songs by Hayda's favourite artist Celine Dion.
Hayda and Hayrak had their first child, Daniel, a year after their marriage, in 2000. In 2004, they had their second child, Nadine. Since Hayda formed DoLor, the family has moved out into the suburbs of West Hilbury and are living happily ever after.
Children and pets
Hayda is firm and strict, yet fiercely loving of her children. In her notes, she declares 'I will cherish and bosom my children dearly until love's identity tells me to stop'. Presumably, this means that she will mother and besot her children until they are at an age when it becomes embarrassing.
Hayda does not approve of Daniel's adventurous nature (which he picks up from his dad), and she strictly enforces that he stay close to home. She makes up for this by giving him trivial and less interesting things to do (such as feeding the ducks, and visiting the museums that are 'all around').
Hayda's relationship is very different with her daughter, who takes more after her mother. She is a lot kinder and treats her with a lot more sensitivity and freedom, perhaps because her daughter is more introverted and likes to stay close to home anyway.
Hayda has a dog called François, who is very energetic. She dotes over him in a very sickly annoying kind of way. She virtually ignores Hayrak's dog, Wolfgang, because he is a fat, lazy beast who does nothing to help her around the house.
Isabelle Oreille was an important mother figure and teacher during Hayda's adolescent years, however, Hayda often felt claustrophobic under her close, watchful eye. When Hayda arrived at the College des Sirènes in 1985, a 'wretched, terrified young scrap of a girl with pigtail plaits, clutching a tattered old suitcase' Isabelle gave Hayda special treatment above all of the other girls in her class. When Hayda was thirteen, she met Hayrak Donda through a school exchange, which Isabelle immediately recognized as a fatal error. Isabelle tried to distract Hayda from her teenage infatuations and to steer her towards the piano and the Celestial Works. She even went so far as to interrupt the two children when they were alone together behind the stage curtain, feigning to drop Hayda's locket in between the floorboards. Her constant meddling and smothering drove Hayda to leave the college and run away with Hayrak; Hayda had her suitcase all packed and ready to go, when Isabelle found out. She emotionally blackmailed Hayda into staying, telling Hayda that she was 'not ordinary'; that she was 'brilliant, magical and important' and warning her against throwing away her musical talents. Hayda did complete her education at the college; nevertheless, she disregarded Isabelle's advice and she became a model - disgracing the family name. However, unlike Hayda's parents, Isabelle was forgiving of Hayda's reckless behaviour, and she kept tabs on Hayda's spiritual and emotional development via those who knew her.
Despite keeping many secrets from Isabelle, and feeling slightly disturbed by her intervening behaviour, Hayda grew to love Isabelle like the mother she never had - having been disowned by her true mother. In 1999, Isabelle Oreille became Hayda's maid of honour at her 'celestial wedding', and (in compensation for her initial disapproval of Hayda's relationship with Hayrak) accompanied Hayda to the altar, along with eighteen bridesmaids. Hayda reported that there were many women in her life who she loved, but she developed a deep respect and admiration for Isabelle, and she revered her as 'having taught her more than anyone else in the universe'. Isabelle Oreille subsequently became godmother to Hayda's son, Daniel.
Hayda and Dolimo have had a difficult relationship in the past. A textbook case of polar opposites rubbing one another up the wrong way, Hayda and Dolimo have turned this around so that their opposing personalities have become complimentary.
Hayda is warm and sensitive; Dolimo is cold and insensitive. Hayda is humble and self-deprecating; Dolimo is self-assured and arrogant. Hayda is comfortable in herself; Dolimo is insecure. Hayda believes in an everyone-for-all approach; Dolimo suffers from OCD, and displays competitive and controlling personality streaks. Hayda pities Dolimo's barriers, insecurities and socially exclusive manner; Dolimo inwardly mocks Hayda's heart-on-sleeves, gullable and naive approach to life. Dolimo belittles Hayda, and Hayda humours Dolimo. Dolimo clings stubbornly to her home, money and material possessions; Hayda concentrates on treating others as one would like to be treated themself.
Despite these differences, however, Hayda and Dolimo have some things in common. Both come from rich, continental backgrounds. Dolimo has always revelled in her 'posh, lonely upbringing'. Hayda, on the other hand, has always rebelled against her stately heritage - becoming a model, cake seller and 'creature of the night'. Both are extremely vain and self-conscious. Both are ambitious, motivated and driven by their passions and vocational interests. Both are interested in fashion. It is through this common interest that the two women have been able to understand one another's flaws more clearly.
When Hayda arrived in West Hilbury in 1998, Dolimo Bunker had already established herself in the city. Hayda soon learned about her and admired her for her music, maths and eccentric fashion sense. However, Dolimo Bunker immediately saw Hayda as a threat, and completely ignored Hayda during the first few years during which Hayda was working at the police force. When Hayda set up her own business in 2004, and began to make a name for herself through television shows, Dolimo Bunker started to acknowledge Hayda, but treated her extremely disdainfully. Although Hayda was offended by her 'lack of decorum', she wasn't phased (since she had plenty of other admirers) and she simply got on with her life.
When Hayda was voted 'Miss Sisorca' - breaking Dolimo's consecutive three year record, Dolimo reacted sourly, declaring to a tabloid that Hayda had won through popularity as opposed to talent. Hayda subsequently recorded a home workout video 'The Val De Loire Workout', but this was unfortunately and unintentionally released during the same summer in which Dolimo Bunker started filming 'The Value Workout' maths-based quiz show on London Digital. Dolimo accused Hayda of copywrite infringement, yet Hayda managed to prove that her idea for the show was conceived before Dolimo's manager invented 'The Value Workout'.
Subsequently, Dolimo started writing a monthly column in the lauded fashion & lifestyle magazine 'Her Royal Fashion' ('HRF'). Hayda then started writing a monthly column in the more left-wing rival fashion & lifestyle magazine 'La Santé Elle' / 'The Health She'.
The ensuing slander wars were documented month by month not only in these magazine, but through the press, media and television coverage. Dolimo, having once been West Hilbury's most celebrated Woman was being overtaken by Hayda, who, owing to her increasingly popular health & beauty television programmes, accompanying books and soon-to-be-launched business 'Hayda's Hall of Mirrors', was fast becoming West Hilbury's favourite public figure.
Dolimo retaliated by releasing her new wave of 'Dolum Marketplace' food books and trying to revive her failing music career, but to no avail. Hayda was voted 'Miss Sisorca' second year running, and Dolimo faded out of all public obscurity (although her fashion business 'Doldaphne System' and 'The Value Workout' were both respectively doing very well, and bringing in lots of revenue).
However, when Hayda was overtaken by Nancy Violet as 'Third Lady of Sisorca', Dolimo felt sorry for her, and they began to become more friendly towards one another. At this point, Hayda had bought 'Toni & Guy Academy' and was now running the business under the title of 'LoralLee'. However, 'LoralLee' was not developing the international reputation as fast as 'Doldaphne' had done in its earlier days, and 'Doldaphne' needed renewing and revitalizing since its buyers were becoming bored.
In 2008, Dolimo proposed a business partnership with Hayda, which she accepted. Since then, Hayda and Dolimo have been working closely together as business partners (not without its arguments, of course) under the brand 'DoLor'.
The fishman sculpture is an ornate sculpture of a chubby man trapped in a spherical fish body. The sculpture originates from Paletine in north Africa, and was bought by Velasco Rodríguez, who strategically placed it in front of the bed of his second son Felipe. The sculpture is supposed to ward off evil spirits.