We were delighted to welcome Edward Goater, full-time member of the BBC Singers, to the College on Wednesday 11th March. The BBC Singers are one of the only full-time professional choirs in the world, and as such, are in extraordinarily high demand due to their phenomenal skills in being able to perform a very wide variety of repertoire. Edward spoke to the Senior School in assembly, and then treated them to a performance of one of Brahms’ Serious Songs. It was indeed serious, as was it sublime. The song outlined the distress that Brahms felt when his dear friend, Clara Schumann, suffered a stroke. Edward commanded this performance with finesse, regardless of arriving in Singapore from London only twelve hours previously!
After assembly, Edward tutored three pupils in a masterclass. The two Dorothys in the Shell production of the ‘Wizard of Oz’, Gemma and Ruby, both received excellent advice on how to communicate more with the audience, and project their voices. They sang ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ from The Wizard of Oz, and ‘I’m Not That Girl’ from the musical Wicked, respectively, and were accompanied by Annabel. Sally, who is singing for her IGCSE examination, gave a wonderful rendition of Defying Gravity from the musical ‘Wicked’. Ji Hoon accompanied Sally with gusto whilst she appeared to defy gravity with her voice. Edward gave Sally some excellent ideas on how to keep control of the higher range of her voice, whilst maintaining a healthy presence and sound to entice her audience.
All who attended the masterclass left having witnessed a highly experienced singer share some invaluable knowledge and ideas. We are very grateful to Edward for taking the time out of his busy schedule with the BBC Singers to visit us at MCM. The BBC Singers will be performing in the Victoria Hall in Singapore on the 11th, 12th 13th and 14th March.
Head of Music