Ex-CRGS Evonne’s folk song success after Korea move

Evonne Beardsworth with her certificate from the folk festival in Korea.
Evonne Beardsworth with her certificate from the folk festival in Korea.
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A former student at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School is celebrating a folk festival success in South Korea.

Evonne Beardsworth (29), is currently head teacher at a private English school in the capital Seoul, and competed in the first-ever Taebaek International Folk Festival. Entrants travelled from more than 30 countries around the world to the mountain resort city 120 miles east of Seoul.

Singing her own unaccompanied adaptation of the Scottish folk song “Black is the Colour”, Evonne finished in the top eight and won the “Expressor” commendation and a £500 prize for artistic expression. She was also the only solo competitor to be made a Taebaek Cultural Representative.

The competition was broadcast throughout South Korea on the national KBS network.

“Everyone there was amazing,” said Evonne, from Foulridge. “There were singers from every continent and we had a great time together. People just wanted to come together and sing.”

Evonne competed every year in the Luther Greenwood Memorial Festival at Colne from ages 10 to 18, and sang with Nelson Civic Junor Choir, now Pendle Youth Choir.

“I always loved singing at Colne Festival whether I won or not,” she said.

After A-levels at CRGS sixth form, Evonne went to Glasgow University and sang with the university’s Madrigirls choir and a folk punk band called Nevermind the Shamrocks.