My Introduction to Miranda was whilst driving to my painting class with my friend Gwenie.
Maria Callas was singing One Fine Day from Madam Butterfly and I sang it with her. My friend turned with her jaw drooped and said ‘oh my goodness you can sing’, I didn’t know I could still be at all impressive after 60 years without any professional work in that field.
Gwen had another friend whose son was training with Miranda. As a result Tim had won a scholarship to Somerset and was doing singing and piano exams with Miranda and playing lead roles at the Arts Centre, school and Spotlight theatre. That encouraged me to ring Miranda at Rising Stars Studio, how wise I was.
After some months tuition I made a CD for my husband’s 84th birthday and sang 12 beautiful items in the recording studio over a week or two of work. It was loved by family, friends and a record of my comeback.
I then completed a high singing exam with Distinction. This year 2016 I am preparing an even higher exam and will present for it early 2017 when I turn 86.
I could not thank Miranda enough for her expertise as a teacher and performer with such extraordinary talent.
She inspires and sees that each and every student reaches his or her best potential and more! The repertoire is always challenging. At my age I really appreciate her energy, encouragement, strength and belief in me as a Singer, which has enhanced my life and overall memory and focus on my later years.
Most importantly I feel an ongoing, “joie de vive”, each day of my life with singing, thank you, Miranda and Rising Stars Studio.
Sheila Catterall OAM