School’s singers get some tips from the top

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West End star Tabitha Webb was the guest artist for a Musical Theatre Masterclass and afternoon workshop at Bede’s School, Upper Dicker.

The singer, performer, composer and director welcomed singers from Bede’s Senior and Prep School as they formed a 40-strong choir.

Tabitha presented two songs to the choir which they sang with real enthusiasm and passion.

Louise Morris, Director of Music at Bede’s, said, ‘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 January 31 at Victoria Baptist Church in Eastbourne, 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 the school to share their expertise and experience with the young musicians.

The evening’s Masterclass was another wonderfully informative and entertaining event. It started with a performance of ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’ by Susannah Lowe.

This was followed by Tamika Hitchman’s energetic performance of the song ‘Popular’ from the musical Wicked. Jodie Laughton-Zimmerman sang ‘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.

The evening concluded with a performance by Tabitha herself, a captivating rendition of ‘Mister Snow’ from the musical Carousel.

Elsewhere, Sixth Form distillers have this term been busy creating Bede’s Cider, Sauvignon Blanc and a special dessert wine.