Renowned opera singer gives masterclass to Norwich choristers

Internationally acclaimed soprano and founder member of Norwich Cathedral Girls' choir, Elizabeth Wa

Internationally acclaimed soprano and founder member of Norwich Cathedral Girls' choir, Elizabeth Watts, works with senior girl choristers as they perform in the Norwich School Chapel. Pictured with chorister Beatrice Heywood.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Aspiring young sopranos were given the chance to exercise their vocal cords following a visit from renowned opera singer Elizabeth Watts.

The founding member of the Norwich Cathedral Girls' Choir returned to the city over the weekend to mark the group's 20th anniversary.

And as part of her visit, Ms Watts, who grew up in Hethersett, worked with four of the choir's singers at Norwich School Chapel on Saturday to help them improve their solo repertoire.

She said: 'They were some wonderful singers and it was lovely to see people singing at the same age I was when I first started with the choir in 1995.

'It is very hard as a young singer to bare your soul in front of so many people, but they were all wonderful.'

Ms Watts, 36, joined the choir when she was 16.

Since then she has gone on to become an internationally-known soprano and has performed on stages across the world.

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Over the weekend she shared some of her knowledge and experience with four senior choristers, who were all aged around 17. The girls then each gave a solo performance in front of their friends and family.

Choir member Beatrice Heywood, 17, said: 'I was really nervous because she [Ms Watts] is so amazing and I was really worried because she had performed this piece professionally. But it was an amazing experience and I was so glad I did it.'

There were performances throughout the weekend to help celebrate the choir's 20th anniversary.

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