Music: Vocal Masterclass with Tabitha Webb
On Thursday 8th January, Bede's Senior School's Music department were delighted to welcome Tabitha Webb, West End Singer, performer, composer and director, as guest artist for our Musical Theatre Evening Masterclass and afternoon workshop.
In the afternoon, we welcomed singers from Bede's Prep School to form a 40-strong choir, joined by our very own senior singers.
Tabitha presented two songs to the choir which they sang with real enthusiasm and passion. Considering this was the first time this group of singers had sung together, they produced a wonderful sound.
The choir will be performing these songs again with Tabitha on the 31st January, as part of the 'Love Changes Everything' Concert to raise funds for, and awareness of, the work that the charity 'Interserve' does across the world.
The workshop then led into a Vocal Masterclass which was part of the Bede's Masterclass Programme - a scheme which sees singers and instrumentalists from the world of classical, jazz and popular music coming to Bede's to share their expertise and experience with our young musicians.
The evening's Masterclass was yet another wonderfully informative and entertaining event: it commenced with a performance of 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again' by Susannah Lowe, one of the Upper Sixth Legat School of Dance students. It was a song that Tabitha knew very well indeed, having played the role of Christine in Phantom of the Opera in the West End.
Susannah's soft and pure tones started the evening perfectly, and a contrasting number followed from the musical Wicked.
Tamika Hitchman gave an energetic performance of the song 'Popular', the well-known musical number featuring the beautiful witch known as 'Glinda'. Although the first performance was very engaging indeed, a number of suggestions from Tabitha suddenly brought an even greater amount of character and expression from the performance and a second rendition was absolutely transformed!
This was followed by Jodie Laughton-Zimmerman, who sang a beautiful performance of 'Part of Your World' from The Little Mermaid and finally another contrasting piece sung by Lily Potter, 'You Don't Know this Man' from the musical Parade.
This latter performance was an extremely intense and mesmerizing recital and Tabitha was struck by the maturity and passion in all the girls' singing.
The evening concluded with a performance by Tabitha herself, a captivating rendition of 'Mister Snow' from the musical Carousel.
The performers gained an enormous amount from the evening and the audience certainly went away with a warm glow, ready to face the chilly January evening outside.
Ms Morris, InterServe's Alastair McIver, Tabitha Webb and Mr Scamardella.