Students at Bede’s music department had a taste of the West End last Thursday when Tabitha Webb held a masterclass and workshop.
Tabitha, a West End singer, performer, composer and director, was guest artist for a musical theatre masterclass and afternoon workshop at the school.
Her visit started by welcoming singers from Bede’s Senior and Prep School to form 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 going to Bede’s to share their expertise and experience with its young musicians.
The evening’s masterclass was yet another wonderfully informative and entertaining event.
It commenced 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 Wicked, the well-known musical number featuring the beautiful witch known as ‘Glinda’.
Jodie Laughton-Zimmerman sang ‘Part of Your World’ from The Little Mermaid and finally another contrasting piece was 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.