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                                                                                                                                        International pianist delivers masterclass
Big Sing
Talented vocalists at Bromsgrove Preparatory and Senior Schools enjoyed a ‘Big Sing’ to inspire pupils to sing in harmony, learn exciting, new styles of music and explore what the voice can really do. The pupils even experienced beatboxing during the day.
Head of Vocal Studies, Ms Suzzie Vango led pupils and staff in song, accompanied by Mr Rob Challinor on keyboard in a challenging, fun day of music making and teamwork.
Mr James McKelvy, Director of Music at the School said ‘The
Big Sing day was superb fun. Ms Vango led pupils and staff in song
on the new Routh Concert Hall stage and in the Memorial Chapel. All of Years 6 and 7, the Prep and Senior Chapel Choirs, and even a Staff Choir, were put to the test, and the delight on everyone’s faces said it all. Singing really is the best medicine!’
Bromsgrove School has recently undergone a building and development programme including a brand new Performing Arts Centre. Facilities include Routh Concert Hall and Cobham Theatre both seating an audience of 300, a large drama studio
and an entire suite of new music classrooms and rehearsal areas.
Pupils at King Edward’s Witley, Surrey, were treated to an exceptional learning opportunity when Alexandra Vaduva, the celebrated pianist, delivered
a music masterclass to pupils in Years 9-11. The inspiring coaching, followed by a short
recital to students and staff, was made possible by the generosity of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, founded by The Countess of Munster, a concert pianist herself, to support young musicians of professional calibre to achieve their aims.
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     Young Chorister of the Year
Lancing College, Sussex, pupil Raphael (Ra ) Bellamy Plaice has been awarded BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2017 (boys) in this year’s competition which was held at the BBC Philharmonic Studios at MediaCityUK in Salford.
Currently in the Third Form at Lancing, Ra  was one of eight  nalists who made it through two rigorous preliminary rounds, facing tough competition from other young and talented singers from around the country. In the  nal Ra  sang the hymn Now
the Green Blade Riseth, to the French carol tune Noël Nouvelet, and then But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming from Handel’s Messiah. After the winners were
announced, he sang a duet (with the Girl Chorister of the Year, Ischia Gooda), John Rutter’s I Will Sing with the Spirit.
The Young Chorister of the Year programme and Ra ’s winning performance can be heard on the BBC Radio 2 website at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/ b01nh7xv
Ra , former Head Chorister at Chichester Cathedral, won a music scholarship and joined Lancing this September from The Prebendal School in Chichester. He is one of three siblings at Lancing and has well-known parents in the music world, Marcia Bellamy (opera singer) and Stephen Plaice (writer and playwright).
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