Simon Neal – Master Class

Simon Neal
Simon Neal

We had a real treat at Tuesday’s rehearsals, Malcolm Neal’s son, the well-known baritone operatic singer Simon Neal, came and gave us a master class. Ours is very much an inclusive choir and Graham Burrell (our MD) has his work cut out in getting us to concert readiness. Simon spent an hour getting us back to basics with breath control, vowel soundings and dynamics. We all found the experience very useful. He showed us

how to project our voices and when he let rip the volume was incredible, Pat his mother told me that he sings in large opera houses completely unaided. In fact he demonstrated how to stop someone stealing your car with the right voice projection – it would stop anyone in their tracks and certainly made me sit back in my seat. Simon has a full diary for several years and is shortly off to Basle, Switzerland to sing Tosca as Scarpia, then onto Frankfurt for Oedipe. Have a look at his c.v. on his agent’s website
We had already decided that our choir needs some voice training and we intend using some legacy money in getting some professional help.
A potential new member also turned up on Tuesday, I didn’t get a chance to find out hisMason's Arms 2013-09-04 003a lr name, but he must have found it strange, firstly Simon, then a quick run through of Drunken Sailor with Simon and Graham, then off to the Masons Arms to celebrate our 40th anniversary with a few pints and sandwiches, and a sing along. The locals appeared to enjoy it.  A big thank you to Alan at the Masons Arms in the market place (Cornmarket), Louth for allowing us to erect an advertising banner on the front balcony FOC. Thank him by going in and buying a drink, not a difficult task at all. Question is, will we be ready for our first concert at Immingham on the 18th October, the answer is emphatically yes. Graham, we won’t let you down!