Due to the weather, school examination prelims and illness Thursday was a rather more quiet day than normal. I never really intended to work a fourth day in my week, but somehow like Topsy my number of pupils just grew and grew......
In some ways it is nice to have had an easy day which included two of my talented teens. When there is time we do not feel such pressure about the next person champing at the singing lesson 'bit' ! Thus I had a little more time to teach S, 13 year old young lady with a big talent. She had learnt her songs well, and then promptly forgotten to bring her music which was sitting at home in the place she practises ! How can I be cross ?! She works hard, but as yet suffers from a little teenage forgetfulness ! When she sang her 'Far from the Home I Love' from Fiddler on the Roof, she gave me goose pimples - possibly the most extraordinary thing about her performance is that she is always so facially expressive. This is something that most youngsters, and some oldsters, find the most difficult aspect of performing. S sings with such beautiful and expressive meaning that it lifts her already very warm and glowing performances, far above the 'norm'. She is slowly but surely growing with her voice, nothing, as yet is out of kilter, so she has the right amount of control for her size of her instrument, and her tender years. This too is a great thing, and means her voice does not explode or sound uneven. It is easy for her as yet, and long may that last !
I do love the music from Fiddler on the Roof, and I use the smaller and more gentle solos quite a good deal. They are equally as useful for a 12/13 year old as they are for a mature starter, which is more than can be said for many of the more modern musicals. S loves her song, and that thought being combined with her wonderful ability to communicate and deliver the song, it should be a miniature yet gorgeous item in the fast zooming into sight February concerts.
The song as an extract from the Topol film.