Rising stars performing live

The Strawhouse Singers will sing at the showcase
The Strawhouse Singers will sing at the showcase
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Young singing “ambassadors” for Rugby will be joined by rising stars from across Warwickshire at a live showcase in the town this weekend.

The Strawhouse Singers - formed two years ago for Rugby’s Festival of Culture to give young people the chance to sing - are performing at Arnold House in Elsee Road on Saturday (July 11), while the day will also include singing by young singer-songwriters from around the area.

The line-up includes new national vocal group The Invisible Friends - made up of people with ‘invisible’ disabilities; Melissa Severn, who is following in the footsteps of Florence and the Machine after being featured by BBC Introducing and played on air 12 weeks in a row; Olympic gymnast and classical singer Laura Sydney; Midlands Jazz singer Kiera Battersby; soul artist Lorna Dea; and West End singer Charlie Botting.

Nicky Stewart, the Big Help Academy’s creative director, said: “The Strawhouse Singers’ progress has exceeded all our expectations and we are very proud of our young singers. They have become great ambassadors for Rugby – as they perform regularly in other towns and cities – and at music festivals. We always welcome new visitors to our shows and we are very proud to be taking part in the Festival of Culture again this year.”

The showcase will start with a free entry afternoon event and end with a ticketed full seated evening concert in the Regency Ballroom hosted by TV presenter Laura Alexander.

Tickets to the evening event cost £12 in advance or £15 on the door (subject to availability). Visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/167475 for tickets and to find out more, visit www.facebook.com/events/1579838582283847/