Olivia strikes a chord amongst the adults

Pock School - Olivia Turner
Pock School - Olivia Turner

Following recent successes in competitions at Cottingham and Sheffield, Pocklington School student Olivia Turner has sung her way to the top at two more music festivals.

The Year 11 pupil won first place in both the Open Original Language Class and the Open Opera Class at the Robertshaw Festival of Music, Speech & Drama held in Bingley.

Her voice teacher, Krystina Meinardi, said she did particularly well having competed against adult entrants, with the youngster forced to abandon her own age category because of school commitments on the day they were held.

Most recently, she competed at the Middlesbrough Music Festival and came top in the Junior Vocal Recital Class.

She now goes through to the championships to be held in May and will have to sing against other winners who have been selected.

Mrs Meinardi said: “She scored 96 out of 100 at Middlesbrough which is exceptional as these scores are only earned for a professional standard of performance.”

“She’s doing really well, which is brilliant and bodes well for her ambition to become an opera singer.”

As a result of winning the recital class at the David Clover Festival of Singing in Sheffield in February, Olivia has now been asked to sing in a concert of opera arias and choruses held in Sheffield’s Victoria Hall in July.