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Emily King
Upper Sixth
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Singing Recital: Charlotte Greenslade

Singing Recital: Charlotte Greenslade

Tuesday 25 January, 2011

It feels as though the more lunchtime recitals I go and see, the more often I see friends of mine; either singing or playing some form of instrument, or maybe even both; whom I have previously not seen perform.

Charlotte is no exception. Although I know she is a fully fledged member of the choir and is very musical, I had yet to hear her sing solo. She started by telling us all that this was her post grade 8 diploma set of songs, which by any standards sounds pretty impressive, and we hadn’t even heard the songs yet.

Her first piece by Vivaldi, in short, blew us all away. She has a lovely tone to her voice, reminiscent of old female opera singers, but obviously not so loud and overbearing. Her voice has a rather gentler, more tranquil quality. Next she delighted us with a French song, scattered with different pitches and with a rather more melancholy feel. Thirdly, a song entitled ‘Ophelia’, which really showed Charlie’s singing abilities with some seriously high notes, and also with an especially lengthy last note. I honestly think I could hold my breath for less time. Lastly, was the well known ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story. As a recognized emotional song, as well as the last song for her diploma, Charlie’s rich voice was very much in evidence once again and in too short an amount of time, her recital was finished.

I can say with certainty that I am not a singer and that I probably shouldn’t pass judgement. However above all, although some people may be in the choir, or some may sing with others in groups, it is truly refreshing to see someone, let alone one of your friends, sing so well as a soloist and with such modesty. If you haven’t already heard Charlie sing, I urge you to make a date to do so.

1 February 2011

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