Singer Sarah’s a festival star

Singer Sarah Ryan has won a host of trophies on her 18th birthday.

Singer Sarah Ryan has won a host of trophies on her 18th birthday.

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SOUTH Tyneside teen Sarah Ryan is proving to be a star in the making after wowing judges with her singing.

The 18-year-old, from Hebburn, swept the board at a recent contest, despite her nerves, beating performers from across the Northern region.

As well as scooping first place in the Ryton Music Festival in the vocal solo and girls’ solo section and taking second place in the opera section, the talented teen was also crowned most promising young singer and overall winner of the vocal classes.

Sarah, from Mill Lane, who has set her heart on the Royal Academy of Music to study classical singing, said: “The competition has run for years, but it was the first time I took part.

“I was really nervous and I never thought for one moment I would win one trophy, because there were a lot of talented and good singers taking part, never mind the amount I won.

“The whole competition was brilliant. I had the support of my singing teacher throughout the event, and the positive feedback from the judges has really helped to build my confidence.

“They said some really nice things and said I have a good career ahead of me.”

The competition, judged by musicians Gareth Green and Alison Williams, was held at Ryton Comprehensive School in Gateshead over a series of weekends.

Singing teacher Miranda Wright, who has been training Sarah since September, said: “Sarah is very keen and very easy to teach, as she is very responsive.

“She has done a lot of good work since she joined me in September.

“I was delighted at her achievements at the competition, and I’m sure it would have given her a real boost. She was born to be a classical singer.”

lisa.nightingale@northeast-press.co.uk