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Gemma Summerfield – “Pure Vocal Champaign”

Gemma Summerfield, a former pupil, swept the board at the extremely prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Singing Competition winning both 1st prize and the Song Prize for her dazzling performance of a Sibelius song.

The Telegraph critic, Rupert Christiansen, described Gemma’s rendition of an aria from Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor as “a show-stopper - pure vocal champagne,” and said that she “displayed strong technique and a warm and buttery middle register.”

Gemma, now 24, is currently studying for a Master’s in performance at the Royal College of Music and will take up a place at the International Opera School there in September.

Andrew Millinchip, Head of Music at The Grange, commented “We are delighted that someone who was so committed to our activities in the music and drama departments and who worked so hard throughout all her time at school should have achieved such astonishing success so early in her career. Gemma began as a soloist with the school choir and was taught singing throughout by our very own Sally Wilks to whom much of the credit must go for her early success.”

She beat off competition from across Europe to claim the crown in the competition finals which were held at London’s Wigmore Hall last week.

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