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Our Lady’s Bishop Eton Primary School

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Liverpool, Our Lady’s Bishop Eton School

Thanks so much to Our Lady’s Bishop Eton School and music teacher Leighton Jones for inviting me into school this Summer!   I loved meeting everyone and hearing the children sing at their special assembly with the whole school and staff in June 2018. It was fantastic to hear all about the music they are making together, the music activities happening during school-time and in after-school groups and trips to see performances. I was so inspired and encouraged to speak to so many of the pupils who were really enthusiastic in sharing with me that they are learning instruments and enjoying making their music making  -  With so much credit going to to the teachers and parents that help, support and encourage the children in doing this!

I love visiting schools and especially making music and speaking with the children; Pop, Opera and Disney songs – anything and everything – music is music and it all brings so much joy. It is amazing to know it can take just a moment to connect with the music, the words, the sound, the performance, the person, the heart and soul of it all – and that moment can open up a whole world of music that literally changes lives.

I remember finding loads of subjects and exams a big struggle at school – it wasn’t until I found music that I really felt like there was a subject I could enjoy and throw my heart and soul into. Performing helped me to build my confidence and eventually being guided through a structure of how to practise music taught me so much about the joy of learning and the reward of overcoming obstacles.  Music and the people who supported me in pursuing this gave me the boost I needed to make more progress in my other lessons and activities at school.  Looking back on it now – I was lost without music and I know there will be other children out there feeling the same.  Sharing the importance of valuing music and participating in creative subjects at any age – but especially during crucial stages of childrens’ development means so much to me.

It is so rewarding to be able to provide support wherever I can to help people and organisations in making music an essential part of a curriculum and recognising its benefits as a core part of society.

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There is everything to be gained from giving children the opportunity to discover, make and explore music more often together.

It’s awesome when you see the difference a dedication to sharing music together can make over years or just in one moment. I met a pupil from a Reception class who the teachers explained to me was really shy and didn’t usually speak at all or participate in anything  - After hearing me singing with my ‘big voice’ and talking about being in operas  - the pupil came over to me to sing to me some of their very own ‘opera notes!’ :)  …Watch this space!

Thanks to them all – days like these and meeting incredible staff and students are so rewarding and keep teaching me so much more about music and the positive impact it have in our life than I could have ever imagined.

 

Kathryn is a critically acclaimed professional opera singer, concert artist and song recitalist from Liverpool. Described by What's on Stage as 'One of Britain's brightest young mezzos' and named as The Times 'Rising Star of Classical Music.' Kathryn regularly works with leading singers, instrumentalists, orchestras and ensembles in concerts and broadcasts nationally and internationally.

Kathryn has performed leading opera roles for companies including English National Opera, Glyndebourne and Opera North. She has made recordings for Hyperion, Chandos, Somm, Nyman Records and her debut CD 'Love's Old Sweet Song' was released by Champs Hill Records. Kathryn was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2015-17.

Kathryn trained at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying voice with Susan Roper and piano with Naomi Kayayan. Her many awards include the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Richard Strauss, Susan Chilcott Scholarship and The Joaninah Trust Award. Kathryn is now an Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music.

Kathryn co-founded Mersey Wave Music in 2012 in her home city of Liverpool and was recognised for her serivces to the community with a Merseyside Woman of the Year Award in 2016 with a passion for championing live music and education, encouraging and developing music participation opportunities for people of any age, from all backgrounds in all circumstances.

Kathryn recently toured as ‘Zerlina’ in Mozart’s opera ‘Don Giovanni’ with Opera North and sang ‘The Angel’ in Elgar’s ‘Dream of Gerontius’ for Easter at King’s College Cambridge broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Copyright Kathryn Rudge 2018