Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Tanya MacNaughto­n

SINGER Chelsea Burns may love mu­si­cal theatre but it is opera and clas­si­cal reper­toire that res­onates with her soul.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s dif­fer­ent for dif­fer­ent peo­ple, but I just felt a much stronger con­nec­tion to the world of clas­si­cal mu­sic,” Burns said.

“The fact my voice is more suited to clas­si­cal reper­toire prob­a­bly played a big part; I’d fi­nally found some­thing I could re­ally sing and felt com­fort­able singing.”

The 22-year-old grad­u­ated from WAAPA last year with a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic, ma­jor­ing in clas­si­cal per­for­mance and a Post­grad­u­ate Diploma of Mu­sic, and set her sights on con­tin­u­ing her stud­ies in the UK.

Burns trav­elled to Eng­land to au­di­tion at the pres­ti­gious trio of Royal Academy of Mu­sic, Royal Col­lege of Mu­sic and Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic with the hope of be­ing ac­cepted to one de­spite her young age. She was ac­cepted to all three and even­tu­ally chose Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic in Manch­ester, where she will be­gin a two-year pro­gram in Septem­ber.

“I’d gone just to try my luck and was com­pletely pre­pared to be told I needed to wait a few years,” she said.

“To be ac­cepted to three dif­fer­ent schools blew me away. The peo­ple who I got to hear dur- ing my au­di­tions were all of such a high stan­dard and it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to know that you’re go­ing to be work­ing with not just the best teach­ers, but the best stu­dents as well.”

Burns has or­gan­ised a fundrais­ing con­cert at Trin­ity Unit­ing Church, 72 St Georges Ter­race, on Satur­day, May 14, 7pm, to as­sist her tu­ition.

She will be ac­com­pa­nied by her bari­tone boyfriend Lach­lann Law­ton and pi­anist Caro­line Bad­nall.

Tick­ets at www.try­book­ing. com/194230.

Pic­ture: Kylie John­son Pho­tog­ra­phy

Chelsea Burns is off to Eng­land.

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