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 Outstanding singer gives star masterclass
Kingham Hill School, Oxfordshire, music department and pupils welcomed international opera star Simon Keenlyside CBE for a vocal masterclass.
Mr Keenlyside has been performing opera across the globe since the late 1980s and has joined the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House and Metropolitan Opera in New York for some of their biggest works. He brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to the masterclass which saw six pupils from Years 7 to 12 singing solo or duet pieces accompanied by Head of Music Dan Chambers.
Kingham Hill pupils sang a variety of operatic arias including ‘La ci darem la mano’, ‘O mio babbino caro’, and ‘Sebben, crudele’. Each singer then had the opportunity to speak with Mr Keenlyside and get expert advice on vocal technique and feedback on their performances.
Mr Mark Glanville, peripatetic vocal teacher, said of having
Sensational energy
Mr Keenlyside at the school; “Simon is one of the outstanding classical singers of his generation, acclaimed equally
as a superlative opera singer
who brings the detail of a great theatrical actor to his roles,
and as one of the foremost recital singers of our day. These qualities make him the ideal person to pass on a vast reservoir of experience and knowledge
to the next generation. It was a privilege to have Simon give a masterclass at Kingham Hill.”
Global street dance sensation Flawless put students through their paces during a high energy masterclass at King’s Ely School, Cambridgeshire.
Around 40 dance-loving King’s Ely Junior and King’s Ely Senior students found their groove during the fun- lled two-and- a-half-hour masterclass in the school’s Hayward Theatre.
Flawless were founded by Marlon “Swoosh” Wallen in 2004 and went public in 2005. Since starring on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, and as well as becoming a household name, they have appeared in smash hit movies Street Dance 3D
1 and 2, headlined for the
Royal Family performing at
the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert alongside Kylie Minogue, performed for the Opening
Ceremony of the Paralympics, heated things up with the
BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing professionals, and made history collaborating with the exceptional English National Ballet.
Director of Drama and Theatre at King’s Ely, Nick Huntington, who organised the masterclass, said: “Flawless is one of the premier dance collectives in the world and to see our students enjoying such a fantastic, high octane workshop, alongside a small crew from
Sarah Baker’s Funk It Up Dance group, was really something special. It was a great end to our masterclass season here at King’s Ely, which will be back next term with workshops covering Theatre of Cruelty, Masterclass goes to the Ballet (Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella), Stage Combat and Musical Theatre.”
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