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World-renowned singers dazzled by pupils' vocal talents

Published by Oakham School on Tuesday 25th of February 2014

World-renowned singers, Susan Bickley and Roderick Williams, were dazzled by the quality of singing at Oakham School's annual English Song Competition.

The Competition, which is now in its sixth year, showcases some of Oakham School's best vocal talent. Nearly 100 solo singers took part: aged 10 to 18. Pupils represented each of the seven year groups at Oakham School, and a winner and runner-up were selected from each group, as well as one or two highly commended performances.

'We are incredibly fortunate to be able to attract such distinguished adjudicators to the competition,' says Director of Music, Peter Davis. Susan Bickley is one of the most accomplished mezzo-sopranos of her generation. Roderick Williams is an acclaimed baritone and composer.

'They were hugely impressed by the singing and vocal tuition at Oakham,' says Peter. 'They particularly praised the pupils' enthusiasm and confidence. They also offered great encouragement and advice in their comments, and Roderick even treated the senior singers to an impromptu masterclass in the art of performance.'

The competition culminated in a final recital, held in Oakham School's Chapel. The audience were treated to performances from all of the winners and runners-up. To conclude the recital, the school's Chamber Choir made a special appearance to sing one of Roderick Williams' own choral compositions, 'Let nothing trouble you'.

Prizes were also awarded to the overall winners. 17 year old Charlotte Senescall, won the accolade of 'Overall Winner'. Charlotte is no stranger to competing vocally, previously having won 'Young Vocalist of the Year' at the Leicester Competitive Festival of Music & Dramatic Art. Livvie Carrell (aged 17) took the title of 'Runner Up' for the second year running, whilst 12 year old Beth Whitlock, was named 'the most promising young singer'.
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