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.