Sunderland schoolboy recruited to top choir
Oliver Blake, ten, has been recognised as one of the country’s best young singers after winning a place in the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
The budding star, from Tunstall Village, impressed talent scouts at auditions at Sage Gateshead to win a sought-after place.
It’s the latest coup for the Durham Chorister School pupil, who last year appeared alongside Jason Donovan and Norman Pace in a touring production of Annie Get Your Gun and also performed with Marti Pellow in Evita.
Mum Debra Quinn, 46, said she couldn’t be more proud. We took him along for the experience but never thought anything would come from it,” she explained. “They only come here for auditions once a year and we’re delighted that Oliver got a place, it’s a great opportunity for him to perform with the best singers in the country.”
As well as singing in Durham Cathedral with his school, Oliver hones his performance skills at Drama Lab at Sunderland College’s Bede campus and at Stagecoach drama school.
His new role with the choir means that in school holidays he will be given expert tuition with the choir who most recently performed Britten’s War Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank.
Debra, who is also mum to Megan, 16, added: “He’s joining the treble boys’ choir as he has quite a high voice, and this is a great way for him to receive expert tuition with a view to performing at national events.
“He’s really excited about joining.”