In 2017 KOFMA sent several young singers for a masterclass with singing maestro Ashley Stafford.

The masterclass took the form of a performance workshop, with singers Maria Ximena Abello, Alex Pullinger, Charlotte Broker, Dominic Bevan and Ruth Gomme working with Ashley throughout the day.

In the evening a public recital was held in which the singers performed the pieces they had worked on during the masterclass. This was an interactive performance, with the audience discussing the nature of performance with the singers. Not only did it provide an excellent opportunity for exposure for some promising young musicians, therefore, but it also allowed members of the public to get a glimpse of what performing is really like and how the complex relationship between performer and instrument works.

The day demonstrated how to engage completely with mind, body and breath when communicating musically.

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