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News: Ris­ing Not­ting­ham star takes to the stage

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Kensey Willow
Kensey Willow

A seventeen-year-old Nottingham College student has earned her place to perform live at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall this December, after wowing judges at the annual Nottingham Music Service Sing City competition.

Kensey Wil­low, of Dunkirk, is study­ing a Lev­el 3 Music Per­for­mance course, and dreams of becom­ing a pro­fes­sion­al clas­si­cal artist.

Being a win­ner at Sing City means she’ll gain valu­able indus­try expe­ri­ence, singing in front of up to 2500 peo­ple at the music charity’s annu­al Christ­mas in the City con­cert on Wed 12 December.

Not­ting­ham Music Ser­vice is a reg­is­tered char­i­ty com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing life-chang­ing music pro­grammes for young peo­ple. Sing City is their annu­al com­pe­ti­tion for singers aged 11 – 19 who attend Not­ting­ham City sec­ondary schools, acad­e­mies and colleges.

Judges for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion includ­ed Notts-based singer Sarah Knight and award-win­ning MOBO artist Lin­coln Jean-Marie.

Kensey will join two fel­low win­ners in becom­ing part of the fes­tive show, and she’s real­ly look­ing for­ward to the expe­ri­ence. She cred­its Col­lege staff and her mum for giv­ing her the encour­age­ment she need­ed to apply. 

My tutor let me know about Sing City, and my mum was like You should do it!’. 

Kensey Wil­low — Music Per­for­mance stu­dent and Sing City 2018 winner.

She chose to sing Wind­mills of Your Mind by Dusty Spring­field in the first round, and in the final she also per­formed You’re My World by Cil­la Black.

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Kensey at the competition. Image: Nottingham Music Hub

Kensey described what it was like to wait for the final results:

You just want it over and done with! When they called my name I was a bit shocked, and I was real­ly excit­ed. It’s not every day that you get to sing at the Roy­al Con­cert Hall. 

My course has def­i­nite­ly helped me pre­pare for a career and per­form­ing on dif­fer­ent stages. For exam­ple, we got to do a bunch of school gigs which made me more con­fi­dent in my per­for­mance. I actu­al­ly feel real­ly con­fi­dent about the per­for­mance in Decem­ber and I hope that it goes well. 

 — Kensey

Andy Scof­fin, Music Per­for­mance Lec­tur­er at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, said: 

Kensey moved to the UK a cou­ple of years ago from the USA, hav­ing nev­er stud­ied in the UK sys­tem before. 

After a Lev­el 2 course with us she’s moved up to Lev­el 3 to pre­pare for high­er edu­ca­tion and a career. She’s worked real­ly hard and we’re so proud of what she’s achieved in her time with us so far 

Andy Scof­fin — Music Per­for­mance Lec­tur­er at Not­ting­ham College

Kensey plans to go into opera as a career, and is audi­tion­ing for world-renowned music con­ser­va­toires in Lon­don this year, includ­ing the Roy­al Acad­e­my of Music, the Guild­hall and the Roy­al Col­lege of Music.

Tick­ets are still avail­able for the Christ­mas in the City con­cert at the Roy­al Con­cert Hall, and you can find out more infor­ma­tion at the Not­ting­ham Music Hub web­site.

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  • 30th November 2018 (3:22 PM)
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