Teen singer to take world by storm

SUFFOLK teenager Louise Player has a talent for singing that looks set to take her all around the world.The 13-year-old has already taken part in a festival in Romania to promote the importance of music to children and having impressed its organisers so much has been invited to a similar event in Egypt.

SUFFOLK teenager Louise Player has a talent for singing that looks set to take her all around the world.

The 13-year-old has already taken part in a festival in Romania to promote the importance of music to children and having impressed its organisers so much has been invited to a similar event in Egypt.

Louise, who attends the Ipswich branch of the Stagecoach Theatre School, recently joined 21 other young performers from around the world for the Golden Star Festival in Bucharest, Romania.

Children from countries as far apart as Finland, Egypt and the South Pacific took part in the event to promote children's songs and education through music and artistic interpretation.


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Louise, 13, of Lodge Close. Great Barton, said: "It was very exciting as I recorded my song in a professional recording studio and then flew to a country most people have never been to.

"The best bit was when I performed live on Romanian TV. I really enjoyed the performance."

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She added: "It was a really good chance for all of us to get together with young singers from different parts of the world."

Louise auditioned to take part in the Golden Star Festival after hearing about it through Ipswich Stagecoach where she trains every week. She was chosen to represent the UK after organisers watched videotape of her singing a range of songs from pop to opera.

She had only three weeks to produce, practise and record her song before she flew out to Romania. The track she chose was All Around The World, an original song she had written with her dad Rick and family friend Andy McNally.

However, it was her mum Karen who accompanied on the week long trip to Bucharest. Mrs Player said: "Louise has never taken part in anything like this before. It was a really good experience for her.

"The standard of the festival was amazingly high and Louise performed really well, so well that she was personally invited to take part in another festival in January, this time in Egypt."

When Louise travels to the African country early next year she will once again be singing an original song.

Stephanie Manuel, founder principal and artistic director of Stagecoach, which has schools across the UK, was impressed by Louise and said: "This was a wonderful opportunity for Louise to represent her country. I am sure that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience."

Weblink: www.stagecoachtheatrearts.com

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