Our Showcase concert is fast approaching and all students are frantic with preparation for this and their singing exams, which are also coming up soon. We have 24 performers for the concert, and a raft of diverse singers tackling everything from pop and rock to jazz, classical and musical theatre songs. I can’t wait to hear them perform!
I went to Melbourne recently to see the show A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, which was hilarious. A particular stand out was young Hugh Sheridan, most famous for his role as Ben Rafter in the TV series Packed To The Rafters. A singer with a formidable voice and beautiful technique, he was the stand out romantic lead. Not surprising, really. He went to VCA and then NIDA. What a young star in the making. But the whole show was stupid and funny. A perfect farce. And Geoffrey Rush was extraordinary.
Clancy has performed well at the Silkstone Eisteddfod, bagging a first and a second prize in two of his three sections. He is only 13, but works so hard and his voice is showing good signs of settling. Congratulations, Clancy!
The BMTU 2012 made over $10000 for Opportunity International, which is a cooperative helping make poverty history in 3rd world countries. This is a great achievement. Of course, Rhiannon and Hannah sang SO beautifully – it was wonderful to see them perform on an enormous stage, and be so professional in their approach. Well done to them! And thanks to Scott Bolland for working so hard to make the night happen.
In other news, from 2013 our fees are rising to $80 per hour or $40 per half hour for lessons bought in blocks. Occasional lessons are $90 per hour or $45 per half hour. This is only the second fee rise in six years, and hopefully the last one for a while. It is a competitive price similar to that of many other singing studios in Brisbane, and is less than a 10% rise in fees.
More to come!