The Start Of A New A Term

September 18, 2016 — 55 Comments

Last Sunday I travelled to Antwerp, Brussels to take part in a masterclass hosted by OASE projects in the beautiful AMUZ venue. The master class was given by W.Stephen Smith, the author of ‘The Naked Voice’, the vocal teacher of Joyce de Donato and Christine Brewer. We were told that this was his first visit to Europe to hold such a class, and I was thrilled to have been invited to participate.



W.Stephen Smith and Me

There were singers of varying ages and voice types from all over Europe. The session started with such high energy and never let up, it was so exhilarating to just sit and listen to his advice as we each singer got up to perform.

When it was my turn it all seemed to happen so quickly. He gave me some insightful advice which I found particularly helpful and I made lots of notes.

Fortunately for me, Catrin, one of the organisers, took some pictures during the event which she said I could share with you all.

Before travelling back on Tuesday I took advantage of the beautiful weather and spent some time exploring the city and loved catching up with friends from the Italian summer school from last summer, Astrid Defauw and Alexandra Franck. Alexandra showed us all around Antwerp explaining the history of her beautiful home City.



Tomorrow will be my first day at the Royal College of Music and the anticipation of starting a new stage in my training is raising my excitement levels to new heights. Though it was sad to say goodbye to my family this afternoon after we finished unpacking, it will be great to start putting into practice some the suggestions that I have received over the summer from the different projects I have been a part of.

55 responses to The Start Of A New A Term


    Exciting times.


    Goodluck on the new term. 🙂


    Nice picture of you and the fountain. Good luck and have fun with your new term too!


    That is great for you to hone your skills with these classes. How exciting for you, best wishes & hugs! Xx


    Everybody says you have a twin somewhere. Stephen looks like mine. Only he stole my hair.


    What a fabulous opportunity for you. So much promise and so many new adventures! <3


    It’s wonderful to read about the lovely people you met… great pics too! Enjoy the challenges and best in everything. 🙂


    Wishing you every success at the Royal College of Music.


    Tomorrow–so exciting! Break a leg!


    Well done for getting a place on the masterclass, and good luck for the start of your masters. I look forward to continuing to follow you on your amazing journey. X


    Very nice, congratulations Charlotte – All the best for your new challenge, and thanks to share all this nice news ! Take care of you Miss Rainbow voice !


      Merci Pascal, I’ve done a yoga class today, made a new friend, gone for a brisk walk, eaten a lovely roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding I made in my microwave/oven so it’s amazing it turned out OK. Listened to my music relaxing and caught up with my blog friends a lovely day, 😴 soon I’ve got an early start tomorrow.
      Best wishes


    Lots of luck and best wishes for the next stage of your journey!


    Antwerp… Well, Charlotte, you were practically in my back yard!


      What a beautiful backyard to have, I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit. So happy I had a friend to give us a whistle stop tour as we saw so much more. Sorry I missed you 😊🙋🏼.
      Best wishes


    I hope you’ll enjoy your first week! You are one of the #RCMfreshers on Twitter. Does it feel real yet? So much hard work to get there…


    What luck to have W Stephen Smith taking the masterclass! I love the photos of you – such concentration on your face! Best of luck at the RCM. Have fun too 🙂


    So exciting to be following your dreams. Have a good year.


    So happy for you. Cheers!


    Never stop having fun,Charlotte! And bonne chance with your new term and continued career!


    Beautiful Charlotte and wish you the best on your new term.


    And the first day arrives ~ what a great feeling it must have been to have taken your first initial steps into this new adventure as the term started. This last work in Antwerp with W.Stephen Smith is a great way to end one adventure and begin another. Wishing you continued beauty in life 🙂


      What a great way of looking at it. So excited on my first day, I wore my new gold coloured loafers especially for the occasion!
      Thank you for your good wishes Randall.
      Best wishes


    That’s amazing news and what wonderful photos. Go Charlotte!


    Good luck to you, dear Charlotte 🙂


    I hope your first day at the Royal College of Music went well. It’s great to have something amazing like that going on. (On September 19, I tidied up a closet and washed my socks, so our days were rather different in their average level of excitement.)


    Hi Charlotte, Antwerp was so educational and what a beautiful place it is! Excitement reigns supreme as you enter your new phase in life, take a deep breath and go for it.

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