2nd March 2010
7:00pm to 10:00pm
note earlier start.
"who thirst for such instruction as we give"
MasterClass with John Owen Edwards
The Royal Northern College of music will supply four
singers from among their students
(Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone/Bass)
Each sing one song, to be worked on by John Owen Edwards, allowing
half an hour for each student. Accompanist will be provided by
Probable timings; John Owen Edwards to work with
two students from 7.00 to 8.00 pm.
Short comfort break of 10 mins.
Two more students to work from 8.10 to 9.10 pm.
Break of 20-25 mins from 9.10 to 9.30 or 9.35 pm. Tea and coffee
to be available.
From 9.30/35 to 10.00 pm, the four students to
sing again the song they worked on and one other song of their
choice, if they wish. The latter need not be G&S.
As well as members of the Manchester G&S Society
and their friends and visitors, other students from the RNCM and
guests are very welcome to attend.
There will not be any admission charge.
We hope it may be possible to have a longer Masterclass
session in 2010/2011, preferably on the RNCM premises.
The Harold Sumner meeting.
Since the bequest to the Society
by Harold Sumner, fitting tributes to his generosity have been
under consideration. One idea, to hold a masterclass for young
singers from the Royal Northern College of Music taken by John
Owen Edwards, has resulted in an evening of remarkable music-making.
Four students from the college -
SATB - were chosen for half-hour public tutorials. To be under
such a spotlight is testimony to the training and commitment of
the candidates. As musical director of the D'Oyly Carte Opera
Company, John has a formidable knowledge of G&S in performance.
The first soloist, Bradley,
performed "When the NIght Wind Howls" which was subtly
shifted from ghostly to gleeful.
Felicity (new to G&S) presented
"Mad Margaret's aria" and was quickly able to probe
the inner pathos of the character. After a short break,
Tim gave us a powerful rendering
of Frederic's "Oh, is there not one maiden breast" shaped
further into an innocent legato appassionato !
Finally, Jennifer singing
"Poor Wand'ring One" enhanced her delicious Mabel with
beguiling coquettishness, reaching those famous trills effortlessly.
The interval was an opportunity
to talk informally to the singers before a short recital of own-choice
pieces (ranging from Britten to The "Laughing Song"
from Die Fledermaus. A few amendments to the Sentry Song by Bradley
brought a welcome shaft of political topicality before a return
to the original 'examined' pieces.
Throughout, the accompanist Malcolm
Forbes-Peckham, brought an unobstrusive level of excellence
to the proceedings.
Such talent, and technical accomplishment
all round, are the product of years of dedicated hard work. But
above all, everyone present thoroughly enjoyed sharing their love
of fine music and performing.
For the audience, the first sunny
day of 2010 finished as brightly as it began.
For many we were hearing the numbers
as if for the first time - a fitting tribute to John's
expert input. The joys and subtleties of G&S were once again revealed
through spontaneity and irresistible energy.
Finally, a big thank-you to the
RNCM for helping to make this memorable event happen.
Christopher Irvn Browne BA(Hons)
Meetings will be held in Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester
and l start promptly at 7.30 pm. Assemble from 7.00 pm.
Non-members are welcome to attend.