On Sunday 1st July, Stephen Varcoe gave a masterclass on behalf of the AESS in the Recital Hall of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Stephen had asked that participants be selected from students of AESS members, although one student came from the Guildhall itself as the School had kindly donated the hall for the afternoon. Six singers worked with Stephen for over half an hour each on two English ‘Art’ songs from their offered, three song programme. Craig White, from the Royal Academy of Music was the official accompanist.
Stephen gave a stimulating and entertaining class, never flagging for three intensive hours of thought-provoking help with performance, technique and especially the relationship between words and music. Stephen drew the audience into his thoughts and all felt included in the process. It was good to see the responses of the participants and the improvement each made in the specific areas highlighted by Stephen for attention.