*Thrills fans at Muson Tomorrow
By Chioma Gabriel
She is sultry, sassy, sensual, scintillating and stimulating. Some say she is sexy and cute and thatÂ seems so real. And she is giftedÂ with a sweet sonorous and sensational voice which has taken her across nations to perform for kings and queens. She also has a flair for songs composition and tomorrow, she will be presented by the Musical Society of Nigeria to thrillÂ fans in Soprano at the Muson centre Lagos , accompanied by Tunde Sosan. Although she is also physicallyÂ blind , she is gifted with a great vision.
This Rivers state born, London-based Victoria Ekenta OruwariÂ does not see any physical impediment about herself. She has attained heights which those withoutÂ any visionary challenge could not.
â€œI discovered singing at the age of eight whilst attending the Pacelli School for the blind and partially sighted at Lagos. IÂ performedÂ at various national charity events in venues such as the National Arts Theatre, the State House, and the Presidential Villa in Lagos.
â€œI also performed with the Pacelli Band in a 12-week series aired by NTA Lagos. IÂ was appreciated for my songs by all who heard them and I was named â€œThe Alleluia Joy Girlâ€ after myÂ signature tune which was â€œAlleluia Joy.â€
After completing her primary education, Victoria commenced her secondary education at Queenâ€™s College, Lagos where she was featured in the MUSON Centreâ€™s lunch time concerts for young musicians.
â€œ I eventually left for England where I continued my education. IÂ attended the RNIB New College, Worcester where I studied for my A levels. The school had a strong music department which was headed by Angela Godsell. IÂ performed as a soloist with theÂ school choir at venues such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Worcester Cathedral, Huntingdon Hall, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. I also gave recitals at Eastnor Castle and St. Martins Church, Worcester.â€
In 2001, Victoria gained admission to the Trinity College of Music where she acquired her Bachelor of Music degree, then subsequently passed her Postgraduate Diploma with distinction. Her professors were celebrated tenors and Sopranos.
â€œ IÂ have also given recitals at Regents Hall, Charlton House and The Royal National Institute for the Blind. I have been asked to perform at various corporate and private functionsâ€.
Victoriaâ€™s songsÂ have been featured in the TCM Musical Theatre at The Blackheath Halls where she performed songs from various shows with the TCM Orchestra.
She currently teaches singing at Acton High School, and is involved as an associate with the Drake Music Outreach Project where she leadsÂ vocal workshops and is actively a Youth Music Mentor. In addition to singing, she isÂ also into song writing and hasÂ discovered sheÂ has theÂ flair for this.
Tomorrow, she will give a recital at MUSONâ€™s Agip Recital hall at 6 pm. This recital aims to give Nigerians a sample of what her music is like. She has chosen lovely tunes from the classical genre and famous songs from the musical theatre stage. She intends to beguile her audience with her Music.
â€œIt is my aim to bring classical music to a wider audience. Having trained in this genre, I can now apply that knowledge to already known songs and reproduce them in a classical style. I intend to form a collaboration with Cobhams Asuquo, a well known producer whose ability to transform music is phenomenal.
Together, we intend to create classical music with a modern twist..â€ Victoria has won many awards including the Mark Plummer Award for Hard Work and Fortitude, The Fletcher Butcher Award for Distinguished Musicianship, the Elizabeth Eagle Bott Memorial Scholarship, The Newman Thomas Commonwealth Award for Outstanding Progress and the Eva Noreen Student Scholarship Award.
â€œIn future, I will be producing albums, writing more songs, and giving more recitals in addition to teaching singing and mentoring.â€