NORTHWICH residents have the chance to find out what it's like to rehearse a West End musical smash hit.

Northwich Sing Space Musical Theatre Choir are running a one-off, child-friendly, Matilda the Musical masterclass in January.

Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale about a little girl who turns her telekinetic powers against injustice, the musical show, with songs by comedian Tim Minchin, has been a West End box office smash hit for more than a decade.

The masterclass will involve fun Matilda-themed warm-ups, singing tips, and harmony exercises, all leading up to a performance of one of the show’s best-known numbers, When I Grown Up.

Northwich Guardian: Cat Ogden has a wealth of experience as a sining teacher, voice coach, and musical directorCat Ogden has a wealth of experience as a sining teacher, voice coach, and musical director (Image: Cat Ogden)

The masterclass will be run by Northwich Sing Space Musical Theatre Choir director and West End voice coach, Cat Ogden.

Cat said: “I thought it’d be great fun to do a Matilda the Musical masterclass in Northwich, where grown-ups can attend with youngsters, and thought it might make a nice experienced-based post-Christmas present.

“We’ll be learning When I Grow Up together, and I’ll be teaching people how to get the very best out of the voices they have.

“I’ve always loved everything to do with the voice, and one of my favourite things to do is sing in a choir.

“Those beautiful harmonies, the connection to like-minded people, and the buzz of performing as a united team is nothing short of delightful.        

“I also know how good singing is for your well-being. The elation which follows a good session of singing is one of the main reasons I love running this choir.

“I love helping people understand their voice, harness their skills, adopt healthy vocal practices, and develop a thorough understanding of how to apply vocal technique and nurture their passion for singing.

“Within the choir, I teach you how to sing as a unit and develop the skills of singing in harmony.”     

The masterclass takes place on Sunday, January 14, at the Grange School sports pavilion, from 1.30pm.

Places cost £10 for adults and £5 for children, and early booking is encouraged due to limited space.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Cat added: “Whatever your experience, you’re very welcome, and I look forward to meeting you.”