Students’ tea time music charity event

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SIX young talented music students thrilled a tea-time audience at a local top hotel and raised £360 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

They were all pupils of local teacher Carrie Steingold, who accompanied them for the afternoon tea recital in the Orangery at Chipping’s Gibbon Bridge Hotel.

The performers, all from the surrounding areas of Chipping, Fulwood and Garstang included Mary Francesca Whittle, 16, who has performed with the Halle Choir and is a winner of a number of music festival prizes, including the Junior Rose Bowl at Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival 2010.

Then there was 12-year-old pianist Oscar Feeney, a first prizewinner at numerous festivals including Fleetwood; mezzo soprano Naomi Holland aged 13, winner of the Fleetwood Festival Shield and first prize in Songs from the Shows 2010; 16-year-old Joe Martin, a music scholar at Kirkham Grammar School and again, a regular winner of trophies and festivals since the age of seven; Olivia Singleton, 13, who has also won the Festival Shield at Fleetwood and is particularly interested in musical theatre; and Sam Hampson, 15, pianist and composer who has won numerous prizes in competitions all over the country and performed live with Phil Collins. Sam will be heard regularly at more of Gibbon Bridge’s Afternoon Tea Recitals through the summer.

After the first early this month. everyone enjoyed the special tea of scones, lemon cheese, cream and pots of tea.