On a glorious Saturday afternoon (16 July 2016), three youngsters were given more performance experience by being invited, on behalf of RATT, to take part in a local rugby and music festival in Bilton, Rugby (UK).
In front of a large crowd, Macey Quinn (10) and Emily Goodwin (14) took to the stage where they each performed a 30 min set of songs. Macey was also joined for 2 numbers by Lois Arrow (10).
“Although Macey is currently one of our youngest performers”, said Duncan Arrow (Musical Director) “she still delivered an outstanding performance – one that a lot of adults would aspire to! Her musical taste is very eclectic and this shines through when she gets up on stage and performs.”
Next up was Emily, who also performed a wide range of contemporary numbers from pop, to rock, to swing.
Emily was one of the first beneficiaries of RATT funding earlier in 2016 and had applied for a grant to help pay for singing lessons to work towards ABRSM Grade 5 singing exam.
In fact only a few days before this festival, Emily had found out that she had passed Grade 5 with Distinction. This performance definitely showed everyone why she had got top marks!
Duncan said “We are always looking for performance opportunities to give to talented youngsters. It’s not easy being young and finding outlets to practice your craft. So any chance to perform in front of a crowd, especially in a family-friendly environment, is vital.”
The final act of the afternoon was professional duo The Belladors. Having just come from performing on the Rugby FM stage in Monks Kirby, they performed a mixture of jazz-blues inspired original songs and covers.
A perfect end to a beautiful summers afternoon 🙂