Pupils’ opera masterclass

Sixth formers Louis and Jenna are given expert advice from Simon Keenlyside at Kingham Hill School

PUPILS were given a vocal masterclass by opera star Simon Keenlyside when he visited an Oxfordshire school.

Pupils at Kingham Hill School’s music department were put through their paces singing a variety of operatic arias.

Each singer then had the opportunity to speak with Mr Keenlyside and get expert advice on vocal technique and feedback on their performances.

Mark Glanville, peripatetic vocal teacher at the Chipping Norton school, said: “Simon is one of the outstanding classical singers of his generation, acclaimed equally as a superlative opera singer who brings the detail of a great theatrical actor to his roles, and as one of the foremost recital singers of our day.

“These qualities make him the ideal person to pass on a vast reservoir of experience and knowledge to the next generation.

“It was a privilege to have Simon give a masterclass at Kingham Hill.”

Mr Keenlyside has been performing opera across the globe since the late 1980s and has worked with the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House and Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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