21 June 2012
Patric recently succeeded in his audition for Chichester and here he writes about his experience of preparing for that:
How she helped
"Before I came to Lizzie Perring I had almost zero confidence in my voice, however I had been “warbling” for a long time over a period of two years, when decided that I would sing. Fighting of jeers about how certain people are “gifted with a voice” and out of tune jabs. However I fully believed anyone could learn how to sing. But it took a very long time to realise you need a teacher, it’s just one of them things. Anyway in 2010 I finally found her over the internet, I arranged a lesson and found things weren’t so far away from what I thought singing was supposed to be like, needless to say it was a scary but interestingly turning point experience. From that point I had several lessons, over the next couple of years. With the increase in ability I was able to gain confidence in my music, started to, go know I think I get I understand this, I want this as a career. Ultimately most music courses at University want you to be experienced in music which of course I wasn’t. However the university of Chichester offerd an audtion/interview for me, requiring nothing more than proof of ability. Before I even realised the enormousness of this task, I came to one of my classes early. There was a much older man, he appeared nice and I went into the back to wait. I listened to them rehearse, it was one of the few moments a voice almost moved me to tears. This man, given different circumstances I believe could have been famous, and its amazing to think Lizzie Perring can bring this out in people. Anyways inspired by this, I presented a song to her called "It’s a very good year". This tune is about a man reciting during each verse about the best years of his life, and the women in them, until eventually getting to last verse (which could be seen as the present for the character in the song) how fondly he looks at his life, like “vintage wine”. After showing her the song, she said I had shown real potential. Later on I suggested that I perform this song for my Chichester audition, and I continued to practise it with her. Come audition day, I have the song fully learned and ready to go. On the day its self, I find during the song a sense of enjoyment that was intoxicating, and apparently showed my voice in immense light, as only a week later I had been offerd a place. Over all the people who auditioned with me, I got a place. This I lay in debt to Lizzie and fully believe if it weren’t for her, I would not be the person to day. I Patric Page am a singer, thanks to Lizzie Perring."