Wow! Just – WOW.

Yesterday many Plainsong students sang in the annual Showcase Concert, which is held in November. Yesterday I saw the hard work and dedication of my efforts with these young people finally pay off, with some truly fabulous singing. I have videos! However as my Sony camera doesn’t work with my Mac, you’ll all have to wait for the footage. I’ll post some excerpts to my Plainsong Youtube account as soon as I get parental permission.
Highlights for me include 11 year old Charlie singing a heart-breaking rendition of  To Make You Feel My Love, sung so simply and affectingly that one audience member looked at me and gasped – the inference being “where does a little person like Charlie learn to sing like that, with such maturity and simplicity and beauty?” Another highlight was hearing Riley and Kiara sing the most fantastic duet, “When the war is over”, and blowing us away with its power and skill.

Of course all the singers were wonderful, but special mention must be reserved for 13 year old Chenaya, who is developing a wonderful technique and showing her considerable ability in 2 beautifully contrasting Musical Theatre songs; Clancy, whose 13 year old age belies his actual maturity of voice and sound; and Hannah, who made me cry with the most searing rendition of “I can’t make you love me”, followed by an extraordinary performance of “Astonishing”. She really was.

Actually, every singer was a highlight for me: Patrick and Thomas, two newbies to singing, learning to negotiate their changing tenor voices; Amber and Jasmine and Leyla and Will, my littlies, whose stage craft is still being shaped but whose singing was lovely. Kiara, Freya, Riley and Simone, whose professionalism was evident in every movement they made on stage; and Josh, Daisy, Michelle, Renee, Nadia and Rachel whose great performances were the first of many, I hope, on the Plainsong concert platform.

Special mention has to go to Brendan Murtagh for his most extraordinary, subtle and beautiful accompaniment and my darling, supportive, helpful husband, who better than anyone I know has learnt to “stay out of the way” and follow a running sheet. So proud of everyone and I hope that as my singers find their “stage-legs”, they will continue to wow us with their abilities.

About Jessica

Dr Jessica O'Bryan PhD is an educator, researcher, singer and author. Her next book on Musical Theatre Education and Training will be published in 2020 through Routledge. Her last book was Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014, Springer). She lives in Brisbane in a semi-renovated 20s Queenslander home with her husband, Dougal the Groodle, and all the single ladies (Poppy the Groodle, Lucy the Cat, and the chooks).
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