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Celebration of Blackburn's Kathleen Ferrier
11:39am Monday 29th October 2012 in News
ON SONG Sean Boyes in good voice, accompanied by pianist Tim Kennedy at the contest in honour of Kathleen Ferrier
A MAJOR centenary celebration for one of Blackburn’s most famous performers took place over the weekend.
Featuring some of the finest singers in the country, a full weekend of activities was organised to mark the birth of contralto Kathleen Ferrier who.
After winning a singing competition she went from working at Blackburn Telephone Exchange to becoming one of the most famous women in the world before she died from cancer aged 41.
King George’s Hall hosted two concerts on Saturday and the celebrations culminated in the annual competition to award the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers on Sunday.
Sylvia Alexander, chairman of the Kathleen Ferrier Society, said: “Since January there have been around 80 different events to mark the centenary across the UK and further afield, but this is the society’s big weekend.”
The competition to find this year’s bursary award ran through to last night, with 16 young singers, aged 19 to 24, representing the eight top music colleges in the country taking part.
Previous winners include Rhydian Roberts who, via the X Factor, has gone on to star in the West End and make TV appearances.
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