Singer enjoys taste of stardom at academy arts showcase

Trinity Academy

Friday, 16th December 2016

Singer enjoys taste of stardom at academy arts showcase

YOUNG performer impresses judges at academy talent show.

A SONG that proved life-changing for international star Susan Boyle helped a student performer impress the judges at an academy talent show.

Jasmine Clarke enjoyed her own taste of stardom after taking the title in Trinity's Got Talent, the annual performing arts showcase at Trinity Academy, in Thorne.

A regular in academy productions, Jasmine sang I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables, the song that saw Susan Boyle win Britain's Got Talent in 2009 and catapulted her into becoming a global star.

After her performance, Mayor of Thorne and judge Councillor Susan Durant told Jasmine: "I could see all the emotion on your face. Your vocal range is fantastic."

Fellow judge, musician Jules Sweed added: "It’s very difficult to sing when you can't quite hear your own voice properly, it's a great skill and you nailed it. You have a beautiful singing voice."

They were joined on the panel by TMCR radio presenter Peter Lee and Karen Barley, a qualified dance instructor and assistant to the academy’s special educational needs team.

Hosted by head boy Morgan Wardle and Shepherds house captain Bailey Wilson, the annual talent show is open to all students and, as a house event, contributes to the overall standings at the end of school year.

Winner Jasmine secured points for Shepherds house, while runner-up vocalist and guitarist Matthew Davenport represented Kings and third placed Katy Plant, also a singer, performed for Poets house.

Dancer Tyla-Jo Lawson opened the show and there were further dance performances by Summer Teo, Ellie-May Dimaline and Chloe Hargreaves, Grace Henderson, Maddison Cameron and duo Pretty Little Liars.

Oliver Page performed on piano, Morgan played a Spanish song on guitar and vocalist Molly Marsh sang Amy Winehouse's Valerie.

The highlight for many in the audience was the teachers' band Wrong Direction, who wrote their own lyrics to One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful and Perfect.

Organiser house manager Karen Taylor said: "This is our 11th Trinity's Got Talent and the standard gets better and better each year. It's not easy to perform in front of more than 200 people and the students cope with it really well."

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