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World-renowned singers dazzled by pupils� vocal talents

Published Tuesday 25th of February 2014 09:39:47 AM

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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