It is very interesting to see how their vocal techniques/styles differ between the UK and America. American voice training seems to focus on being very bright and Broadway-ready. Nearly everyone tonight used vibrato sparingly, and their dialect lends itself well to a very jazzy, open style. I am SO confused. I had written this whole thing about which contemporary British jazz singers sound like these girls, but when I looked up videos for reference, I found out they were all American! Suffice to say it's a great sound, but not one you would expect to hear on a musical theatre song. While it is soulful, it's not as trained or refined or well-supported by breath as most typical musical theatre voices.
At the end, one of performers (I guess, an alumna) came back onstage and talked about a singing coach she and many RADA students had worked with. I guess, the concert was done in his memory, but the whole thing was a little unclear. What was clear, however, was that RADA is apparently a place where "Let's Go Fly A Kite" from Mary Poppins is an appropriate, rousing, show-closing number. I think I'll like it here. I love Mary Poppins. I kind of want to be her when I grow up, or at least play her onstage. (Speaking of Mary Poppins, I still need to buy a big umbrella. Preferably one that will fly me to class in the mornings!)