As part of the new season of music events, the college welcomed leading soprano Alison Pearce, a former professor of vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music, on Sunday 8th September for a day of master classes for singers. This event was the first of its type organised by the college, with nine aspiring singers of all ages participating, learning from each other and benefiting from Alison’s extensive professional experience as a soloist and teacher.
Over the course of the day each singer had an opportunity to be coached by Alison on two contrasting songs of their own choice, in the presence of the other singers and observers. A wide range of musical styles was on show from folk song to opera, and all appreciated Alison’s constructive and insightful comments. At the end of the sessions, there was a short concert where each singer performed one of his or her chosen songs, incorporating the stylistic and technical advice that had been offered in the earlier classes.
Based on the success of the day, the college’s music planning group will look to offer similar opportunities in future for the benefit of college musicians and a wider audience.