In November 2010 Rosanna Cooper won 1st prize in the Junior Competition, but because the school is very busy the masterclass part of the prize was delayed until April 2012.
So, on Monday April 2nd I went to Lincoln Minster School to give a two hour masterclass to eight students in years 11, 12 and 13 in their brand new Music Hall. I was tremendously impressed by the standard of singing and musicianship and was sorry they could only have 15 minutes each, but there were buses and trains to catch.
Ellie Perry, year 11, sang L’Absence from Berlioz Nuits d’été, quite beautifully, she studies with Margaret Crossland and is a voice to look out for in the future. I was also offered Gluck: O del mio dolce adore, Dido’s lament, Eja Mater from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Am Abend, da es kühle war, a baritone recitative from the St. Matthew Passion, and finally Imogen Smalley, year 13, sang Mahler’s Lob des hohen Verstands from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, exceptionally well. She also studies with Margaret Crossland.
Their director of music, Mr. Aric Prentice accompanied and supported them all superbly. He said that the AESS competition was quite a challenge for the youngsters because of the spoken and themed requirements, but that it was “very good for them”. I hope we see many more students from the school in the future – Sarah Leonard.