LIFE just seems to go on getting better for teenage singing sensation Faryl Smith who will be in Huddersfield next month.
Faryl has just been nominated for the Classical Brit Awards and will be heading for a glamorous night out at the Royal Albert Hall in May for the industry’s major awards hosted by Myleene Klass.
Before that though, she will be singing in Huddersfield Town Hall, the latest in a line of big name singers who have guested with Skelmanthorpe Band.
Not surprisingly, the band is delighted that Faryl has agreed to headline their concert on March 27.
“We are very fortunate to have Faryl performing with us,” Concert Secretary, Graham Crossland said.
“We always try to find an emerging but proven talent as our special guest for the annual concert.”
And she certainly follows in the footsteps of some big name singers who have appeared with the band including Aled Jones, Hayley Westenra and Katherine Jenkins, who described Faryl as having a “breathtaking voice, simply stunning.”
The public agreed with that view when two years ago, Faryl, who is still only 15, sang her way into people’s hearts all over Britain during the final round of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
And talent Faryl has. One minute Faryl Smith was a schoolgirl from Northamptonshire who liked to sing in the choir, play football and shop with her friends – the next minute Simon Cowell was praising her in front of a national television audience, calling her “literally one in a million” and “the most talented youngster I’ve ever heard.”
Faryl will sing about eight numbers at the Town Hall concert and will join the band for Finlandia in which she will sing the Finlandia hymn, Be Still My Soul.
The teenager’s parents, Tony and Linda, think she inherited her musical genes from her great-grandmother, who “used to sing on the Welsh radio and won a lot of competitions.”
“My grandfather’s Welsh, so there’s Welsh blood in me,” says Faryl.
“And the late Harry Secombe is in our family tree. I think the musical thing just missed a couple of generations and came down to me. It certainly skipped my parents,” she said.
Those musical genes aside, Faryl gives some of the credit for her skills to the experience she has had singing in choirs.
In addition to being a chorister in her local church choir, she appears regularly with Kettering’s Masquerade Youth Choir.
These days, Faryl is much in demand but she is thrilled to have been invited to join a team of performers from the world of classical music who will be performing in London in April to aid relief work with children in earthquake-hit Haiti.
Aled Jones will co-host the concert at the Royal Albert Hall with GMTV’s Emma Crosby. Also on the billing are: Amy Dickson, All Angels, Blake, the Brighton Festival Chorus, Camilla Kerslake, Escala, Jennifer Pike, Paul Potts, Raven Rhydian and the City of London Sinfonia conducted by Carl Davis
As for the Skelmanthorpe Band concert, tickets are now available on 01484 223200 and 01924 324501 or you can download a booking form at www.skelmanthorpeband.co.uk.
The concert date is March 27, starting at 7.15pm.