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Sally Burgess Masterclass Review

Masterclass given by Sally Burgess

St Marylebone Parish Church On Thursday June 27th, the day after the finals of the Patricia Routledge National Singing competition, four of the entrants were treated to a master class with international mezzo soprano and AESS member, Sally Burgess.  The four singers were Renee Fajardo, who sang the unaccompanied My Love is Mine by Jonathan Dove, Haley Swanton, who sang Dreamland by Vaughan Williams, accompanied by Rachel Fright, Laurence Williams, who sang The Crucifixion by Samuel Barber, also accompanied by Rachel Fright, and Siȃn Dicker, who sang Armida’s Garden by Parry, accompanied by Jonathan Jarvis. Miss Burgess encouraged all of them to use their imaginations more, and really to engage with and understand the texts of the songs. She asked them to speak their texts in many different ways to find the true inflections and meaning of the words in order to really paint shapes with their voices.  There was a small audience of enthusiastic supporters. The AESS is very grateful to Sally Burgess for giving so much of her time to listen to the prelims and the finals of the competition, in order to get to know the singers better. Sarah Leonard – Chairman of the AESS