Masterclass in how to be a real diva

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The High Life by Spalding High School

Alison Pearce, the internationally distinguished soloist with an extensive repertoire, recently returned to Spalding High.

Not only did she give another wonderful vocal master class with several of our most talented singers but she also give a talk, cleverly entitled ‘How to be a Diva’.

Olivia Black was in the crowd as Alison spoke of how she got to where she is today.

Olivia recalls: “We watched with delight as Alison told quirky anecdotes of her career, making us laugh and revel in her fulfilled life.”

Alison kicked off the evening with how she started singing – in the streets, to anyone that would listen: it became clear she just had to perform.

Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alison has performed all around the world, and throughout her evening performance she delivered songs she had sung in Italy, France and Poland.

Interspersed throughout the evening were funny stories about her career thus far – such as when she asked a fellow audience member whether they were at the opera to support a cast member. The audience member told her he was a scout looking for a female singer. Alison’s reply was of course “look no further!” – a great lesson in ‘How to be a Diva’.

The masterclass was filled with short performances from students chosen to take part, each followed by some very useful constructive criticism from Alison.

Every performance was simply wonderful and it was clear that Mrs Loose (Head of Music) had chosen the very best singers in the school to take part but even the very best can do with a bit of help here and there. I for one, value the advice given to me by Alison very much and I can only assume that everyone else involved did, too.

A few of us who took part in the vocal master class put on a small concert for the other students who then had their own chance: first up was Bethany Brown (8S) – I Dreamed a Dream, Meachelle Foster (9N) who followed with another number from Les Miserables – On My Own, Harriet Cawkwell (10S) – Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, Ellen Baker (11C) – Skyfall from (you guessed it) Skyfall, Remi Akindele (L6) – The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston, Adam Shah – Close Every Door from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Olivia Black (U6) – Whatever Happened to My Part from Spamalot and I was last up with I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady.

When the concert was over, we posed for a group photograph and beamed 
as we said ‘diva!’ Alison Pearce – the real deal – the real diva!

Anastasia Nicholas