Youngsters get the West End treatment

Joseph Bulmer

Local performers to share the stage with big-name stars in Barnstaple on Saturday night

Young singers, dancers and musicians will be given a chance to shine alongside West End stars at a special concert taking place in Barnstaple tomorrow (Saturday, July 23.)

Local performers from dance academy Panache and The Nigel Brooks Junior Academy will be rubbing shoulders with Cats, Les Mis�rables and Phantom of the Opera stars Jo Gibb and Nic Greenshilelds at The Young Stars of the Future 2011 concert at the Queen’s Theatre on Saturday night.

Jaden Cornelious and Rosanna Yeo will also be performing alongside pupils from West Buckland School.

The show is being produced by Nigel Brooks, who was born in Barnstaple and grew up in Ilfracombe before going on to enjoy a long and distinguished career as a composer, singer and conductor.

“I wanted to do something for the youngsters,” said Mr Brooks, a former conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra.

“They need to experience the profession properly to be able to get through an audition if they decide to go further. I have been there so I am just passing on my knowledge.

The show, which starts at 7pm, will raise money for the Banstaple Link Rotary club to help the youth of the area.

Club president Chris Haywood said: “We have some incredible entertainment on offer on the night.

“It will be a show of shows and the money raised will be helping local youth for the future.”

Call the box office on (01271) 324242 for ticket information.

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