Sherborne Girls was delighted to welcome soprano singer and one of the world's most renowned early music specialists, Dame Emma Kirkby DBE, to the School for the annual Harriet Tory masterclass.
Eight singing students enjoyed an afternoon of personal coaching from Dame Kirby, rehearsing pieces which included Bonvica’s Song by Purcell and Nulla in Mundo by Vivaldi. At an evening concert, guests enjoyed a full programme with a performance from every girl, as well as three performances from the School Madrigal Society.
17 year old Isabella Elwes was one of the students who took part and said, “It was a great privilege to attend the masterclass and have the chance to sing with Dame Emma, I really learned a lot from her teaching and musicianship. She was also very generous with her time, giving each of us individual attention, as well as advice and encouragement. I have certainly learnt a great deal and have been inspired in my performance.”
Dame Emma studied at Sherborne Girls in the early 1960s.