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12-year-old Neve wins Staffordshire Young Singer Competition 2016

Neve Parry, a 12-year-old pupil at Landau Forte Academy QEMS in Tamworth has won the John W R Taylor Memorial Young Singer Competition in the final held on Saturday 14th May.

Neve, who was the runner-up in the 2015 competition, said she was “surprised but really pleased” to win and was awarded a trophy and £200 following her varied and entertaining choice of songs which included ‘Wouldn’t it be Loverley’ from My Fair Lady, complete with authentic-sounding cockney accent. She was praised for her beautiful musicianship by the adjudicators, Karen Radcliffe – a Teacher of Voice at Keele University, and experienced choral specialist Richard Jeffries.

The two runners-up in the competition were 12-year-old Samuel Horton from Madeley Heath who was praised for his very expressive singing, and Sophie George, a Year 13 student from Walton High School who impressed the adjudicators with her clear, warm tone. They each received an award of £100.

The competition is organised through a partnership between Friends of Staffordshire’s Young Musicians, the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Music Education Hub, and Entrust Music and Performing Arts.

Neve Parry, centre pictured holding her trophy with Sophie George to her right and Samuel Horton to her left
Neve Parry, centre pictured holding her trophy with Sophie George to her right and Samuel Horton to her left

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