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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Putting the class into classical

BUDDING singers have the chance to perform classical songs at a newly-launched class.

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Sarah Wallcook: ‘Great opportunities planned’

Anyone from the age of 15 with an interest in exploring beautiful songs is invited to SoundWave’s Opera Studio – held fortnightly at Workington’s Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre.

No experience is necessary as the sessions will build confidence and enjoyment, leading to an optional performance at Rosehill Theatre.

Participants will develop skills in singing that are useful whatever style of music they have an interest in and they will learn all about the world of classical songs. The sessions begin with a general introduction to singing and to the songs. Over time, participants will be guided more deeply into the songs and into their own voices.

Classes will be led by Sarah Wallcook, a professional opera singer and SoundWave’s co-head of programming. She recently directed existing Opera Studio members in a performance of scenes from Carmen with international mezzo-soprano Victoria Simmonds at Rosehill and Allerdale Borough Council’s Urban Classical concert at Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Michael in Workington.

Sarah said: “The Opera Studio is growing all the time and it’s proving to be not only a fantastic way to discover classical music and singing for the first time, but also to provide brilliant opportunities to get inspired and aim high.

“The concert with Victoria was an exceptional first outing for the group and we surprised ourselves with the level we achieved! We’re really looking forward to doing it again with this new project. Classical songs are so beautiful, intimate, dramatic and expressive. And we’ve got some great opportunities planned along the way...”

SoundWave and Rosehill were so pleased with their collaboration on the Victoria Simmonds concert, they have decided to team up again. This time, the Opera Studio classes will offer a chance to see a concert with Amanda Roocroft at Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven. This will inspire participants as they prepare for their performance in the Opera Studio concert at Rosehill in May.

Sessions cost £8 each. Places are limited and subject to availability. Booking is essential – telephone 01900 61116 or visit www.soundwave.org.uk

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