Fourth place for Tamsin at O2 final

Joseph Bulmer

Young Northam singing sensation does North Devon proud

A YOUNG North Devon classical singer has narrowly missed out on a top three finish in the final of a national music completion at London’s O2 Arena.

Northam’s Tamsin Ball placed fourth from 27 finalists in the under-18 category of the Open Mic UK music competition in front of a packed out crowd at the Indig02.

In a contest dominated by pop music acts, the 17-year-old sang Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, from Phantom of the Opera, and was highly praised by a celebrity judging panel that included Dane Bowers, Shola Ama and Radio 1 DJ Ras Kwame, as well as music industry movers and shakers.

Of Tamsin’s performance, they said: “Such clarity in the voice, again such mature expression. This girl’s place is on stage in the theatre at the West End.”

The trainee hairdresser gained 73 marks and was narrowly beaten by eventual winner Hatty Keane, from Macclesfield, who scored 82 marks and was the competition’s overall runner-up across all age categories.

The final marked the end of a long road for Tamsin, who faced stiff competition from more that 8,000 other hopefuls during three rounds of auditions and regional heats to find the best unsigned vocalists from across the UK.

She said: “The journey has been a wonderful experience from the first audition in Plymouth in August to winning the regional final and then the area final in Portsmouth and then finally performing in the3 grand final at the O2.”

Tamsin will be performing a little closer to home when she headlines her own gig with support from Ian Hudson at the Seagate Hotel in Appledore on Saturday, March 5.

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