On Saturday March 24th Graham Trew gave a masterclass at Trinity College of Music as part of the prize offered to the Instituion of the winner of the AESS Junior Recital Prize. Eight singers took part, including the AESS winner Alexander Knox. Joseph Middleton accompanied the singers and composers chosen ranged from Purcell and Dowland to Gurney, Quilter, Ireland and Barber. The two hour class was attended by students, parents and teachers and they heard a very high standard of singing from this young age group. Thanks are due to Marion Friend, Director of Junior Trinity for extending the invitation and indeed attending most of the class despite a very busy schedule and to Janet Munro and Mary Wiegold in particular for providing their students for the class and being there to support them.
The AGM and Dinner were held at the Royal Overseas League on Sunday 18th March. Mollie Petrie, Eileen Price and Mark Wildman all resigned from the committee and were replaced by Jean Hornbuckle and Stephen Miles. Rona Laurie was made an Honorary Member.
A short recital was given between the AGM and Dinner by finalists from the 2006 Junior Recital Prize, Eleanor Wolfe and the winner of the Prize Alexander Knox. Both were accompanied by Joseph Middleton. There was an audience of over 50 for this event and 40 AESS members and guests stayed on for the Dinner at which the entertaining speaker was Richard Suart.