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26th May 2006 at 01:00
Sarah Redgwick

Job: opera singer

Attended: Wakefield college from 1992 to 1995

Born 1976

Sarah Redgwick is one of our top young sopranos. She was born in Wakefield, took A-levels at Wakefield college and graduated with first-class honours from the Guildhall school of music and drama and completed her studies in the postgraduate opera course.

"I studied A-level music and English language. The A-level course was about 18 hours per week because of the extra music lessons, choirs and bands. I recall many of my music teachers at Wakefield college as I had such a fantastic time there.

"The head of music, Richard Ingham, was an inspiration and really developed my musical knowledge and music theory. I also started to play the saxophone with Julia Ingham which enabled me to perform in the college pop and jazz bands and the college orchestra.

"If it hadn't been for the singing teachers at Wakefield college, Hillary Jackson and Paul Wade, I would not have known about the career path of opera singing.

"I recently worked with Paul professionally at Opera North and it was lovely to perform with him on stage "I went back to visit Wakefield college and the music department has moved to a much better building with better facilities and has really developed.

"My time at Wakefield college developed my confidence and gave me the chance to explore lots of musical avenues, which has helped me as a person and as a performer.

"If I had my time again at Wakefield college I wouldn't change a thing about the courses or the staff. The college was just right for my educational needs as the courses were very thorough and there were lots of opportunities within the building. I went to London twice as part of the National Festival of Music for Youth, both as a singer and saxophonist, and had a great time and gained a great musical and performing knowledge.

"I also had the opportunity to study classical, jazz and pop singing which has definitely been beneficial to my career.

"My best memories are of my first classical recital for my A-level, the fun we had in the college vocal group and my development in singing lessons. We also performed regularly in Wakefield with the college bands and that was great fun. I loved every minute."

Sarah Redgwick was talking to Shekhar Bhatia

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