Singing sensation Carl earns unheard-of standing ovation

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SINGING and dancing were the main highlights this week as talented performers competed in this year’s Hastings Musical Festival.

The White Rock Theatre was packed to the gills with visitors as they watched entrants perform a whole series of dances and songs, from classical to modern.

Summer Brighton. Festival photographs by Mary Frasers Photography. To order please phone 01424 422815 or e-mail: info@maryfrasers.co.uk

Summer Brighton. Festival photographs by Mary Frasers Photography. To order please phone 01424 422815 or e-mail: info@maryfrasers.co.uk

Molly Townson, festival chairman, said: “The show songs classes proved to be very popular on Wednesday and our street dance class, which is only in its second year in the festival’s history, saw huge audiences. Dyamond won the over-16 class with 90 marks.

“Eleven-year-old Carl Parsons got a standing ovation when he sang in the popular music vocal class for nine to 13-year-olds.

“One of our organisers said that in 40 years of attending the festival she had never before seen a spontaneous standing ovation.

“The adjudicator, Paul Roberts, former lead singer with The Stranglers, was amazed at the very high standard of the class over all, and gave Carl first place with 90 marks.”

Olivia Luck. Festival photographs by Mary Frasers Photography. To order please phone 01424 422815 or e-mail: info@maryfrasers.co.uk

Olivia Luck. Festival photographs by Mary Frasers Photography. To order please phone 01424 422815 or e-mail: info@maryfrasers.co.uk

Emma Burnett, Carl’s teacher, said: “Carl is currently studying at The Mad Fish Singing Studio. He has a wonderful family who supports everything he does.

“He has recently won the Eastbourne Has Talent show and the East Sussex Has Talent final as well. He’s waiting to hear from Britain’s Got Talent for whom he recently auditioned.”

Choirs from schools across 1066 Country and beyond also performed in front of a packed audience this week.

Highlights for next week include the instrumental and singing gold medal championships.

See the full results in your Hastings Observer, Friday 16th. For more information log onto www.hastingsmusicalfestival.co.uk