A 14-year-old schoolgirl from Bridlington has got the Golden Ticket of a lifetime.
Soprano singer Emmie Beckitt has been chosen to perform four songs in a 20 minute slot at a concert with global superstar Katherine Jenkins and the 32 piece National Symphony Orchestra at The Blue Bell Hotel, Burton Agnes, For the young singer it is the chance of a lifetime which could seriously boost her prospects of fame and fortune.
Emmie, of Belgrave Road, Bridlington was one of dozens of hopefuls who sent demo discs to the Katherine Jenkins team ahead of the party in the park style concert on May 31.
“I just could not believe it. I will be performing with my favourite mezzo soprano, it is just so exciting. I am her biggest fan. I can’t wait,” said Emmie, who has been singing since she could talk but has concentrated on classics since she was 11.
Already a seasoned performer at school concerts, charity events even weddings and special occasions, she said she was not really nervous about appearing before an outdoor audience of around 2,000 people.
“I think it will be excitement more than nerves,” said Emmie who is currently working on four classical songs for the concert.
Her voice, which her music teacher at St Augustine’s School in Scarborough has described as “God given” has led to music contest successes and many charity performances for local causes among them the Katie Walker cancer trust, Bridlington RNLI, Kids n Cancer and the Royal British Legion Alderson House.
Emmie says she owes much of her success to the school’s music department, known to be one of the best in the region.
Six weeks after going there in 2011 she sang her first solo at the year 7 concert.
Many more were to follow at various concerts and shows for the school around the area, and Emmie represented the school to come first in an East Coast Talent contest.
Her voice is just one of her musical talents. Her music teacher at St Augustine’s, Oliver Barron, said: “Emmie is an unassuming, modest and extremely talented girl who has developed already a beautiful singing voice. She also plays the saxophone, violin and the piano in the school orchestra and jazz bands so is an all-round top musician.
“We are so proud of her at the school for getting to sing at the Katherine Jenkins Concert and are looking foward to seeing her perform at such a big event! Not surprisingly a contingent of staff including the headmaster will be in the audience.”
Music runs in the family. Her 15-year-old sister Alanis is an alto singer. Last year they both performed in summertime afternoon shows at Scarborough’s open air theatre and have been asked back for this year’s programme. Her busy year ahead also includes a competition in the Eskdale festival, a regional Rotary competition which could lead to national finals.
She will also have to fit in her music theory examination in June and concentrate on her GCSE studies for next year. Her hope is to get a place at Durham University to study psychology.
Emmie says it is not her aim to become famous and at the moment her schooling and education have to come first, but she is keeping her options open. “My parents keep me grounded and sometimes have to make some decisions for me although at the end of the day it is often my choice,” she said.
Private tutors are helping her hone her classical voice and help with the funding she needs has come from local organisations, among them Bridlington Rotary Club, Round Table, the Lords Feoffees and Bridlington Lions.
Emmie has recently invested in a new sound system for her performances, and has plans for a charity CD of her songs.
According to her mum Marion, Emmie just takes things in her stride. “She doesn’t have any airs and graces. She can come over as being quiet and shy but when she gets on stage and starts to sing she delivers a confident outstanding performance. I don’t think she really knows how talented she is,” she said.
Alan Wilson, owner of the Blue Bell Hotel and organiser of the Katherine Jenkins concert on May 31 said he was delighted Emmie had been chosen.
“The aim is that she will open the show with three or four songs. Katherine Jenkins has said she will definitely be listening to her and is looking forward to meeting her. For Emmie this is a golden chance that some people have to wait all their lives for,” he said.
Mr Wilson added that he had “not yet closed the door” on perhaps another young performer joining the line-up for a cameo spot.
“We will have to see how it goes,” he said, adding that tickets for the concert in the park style event on May 31 are going well.
Gates open at 5pm and more details and tickets are available on 01262 490050 or visit the Blue Bell Hotel website http://www.hotelsnearbridlington.co.uk