Opera singer Alice Girle. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Opera singer Alice Girle. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Rocky girl lands spot in leading London music school

ROCKHAMPTON local Alice Girle was 12-years-old when she realised she loved to sing.

Now years later with a wealth of knowledge under her belt, local girl Alice has been accepted into one of the world's most prestigious music programs in London.

Having already completed her Bachelor of Music she now wants to undertake her honours degree at the Guildhall school of music and drama.

Alice left Australia about two years ago when she left for Florence, Italy to undertake a summer program singing opera and learning Italian language.

From there she won an award which was connected to the summer program and had the chance to work with Metropolitan opera assistant conductor, Robert Morrison in New York.

Alice then toured upstate New York with the company before heading to Vermont where she sang with the Vermont philharmonic orchestra.

After Vermont Alice made her final move to London and has been living and working there ever since.

However Alice has come home to Rockhampton until July to try and save money for her course at Guildhall.

"I've sort of come home to save some money, the unfortunate thing about this program is that it is very expensive so I've come home to try and save some money," Alice said.

"I'm doing some singing work while I'm in Australia, I'm doing a production of La Boheme with Western Sydney Opera, which is a new opera company," Alice said.

"So I'll be doing little bits and pieces of singing work as well as trying to save money."

Alice said she was happy to be back in her hometown for a while, especially considering Rockhampton was where it all started.

"I absolutely think Rocky is a great place to start in the performing arts definitely. I mean there's some great teachers here…Also the Grammar school, where I went to school, the musicals they put on are fabulous."

"Also I think Rockhampton is very supportive of the arts, people here love going to watch and support music and theatre, so absolutely I think Rocky is a great place to start out."

Alice said she never thought she'd be where she is today, from singing with Gondwana voices when she was twelve to living and working in London.

Along the years Alice said there were definitely some career highlights.

"I guess one career highlight would be in 2003, just after I had finished school, I sang the national anthem at the Rugby World Cup and that was an incredible experience."

"I must have been 18-years-old and standing in the middle of the stadium at the opening ceremony, singing the national anthem for Australia that was a pretty special moment in my career.

Alice said another career highlight would be being accepted to do her masters at Guildhall school of music and drama.

"It's fiercely competitive; being accepted into this school is actually, that's an achievement in itself."

"I'm stressing a little bit about the finances for it because that's a big thing and so I'm still sort of working towards getting the money and the funding for it.

"I have set up a crowd funding page which I'm hoping will get me over the line so you can find that online at my website so that's www.alicegirle.com to help get me there."

"This community has already done so much to get me there so far with all the performance opportunities and the support I've had while growing up in Rockhampton. There's a special connection there and yes I'd love the support of Rockhamptonites to get me there."

 



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