Faryl on stage with top tenor at music festival

FARYL Smith is looking forward to a “homecoming” at the music festival where her rise to stardom began and a chance to sing with one of the country’s top classical performers.

The Kettering teenager, who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent in 2008, will sing with English tenor Russell Watson at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod on Tuesday.

Dad Tony said: “She’s really excited because he is obviously well-established and very good. She’s just getting better and better.”

The festival, which is one of the world’s premier singing contests, gave Faryl her first taste of success when she won the 10 to 15-year-olds solo category as a nervous 10-year-old.

Mr Smith said: “It’s where it all started. It’s always nice to be back.

“It gave her a platform. It’s like a homecoming.”

Faryl’s maternal grandfather is Welsh and the teen mezzo-soprano gets her singing voice from her Welsh great-grandmother, who died a few years ago aged 96.

Mr Smith said: “There’s a big Welsh influence on what Faryl does. They always make her feel welcome.

“Last time she was there she was interviewed by Welsh channel SC4.

“The Welsh embrace her down there. We have been to different parts of Wales and she’s very well received.”

The Kettering choir to which Faryl belongs, the Masquerade Choir, will perform at the festival the next day.

Mr Watson invited Faryl to sing with him after the pair performed together in Cleethorpes last year.

Other artists staging celebrity concerts during the eisteddfod include McFly, Lulu, Ruthie Henshall, Rick Astley and Julian Lloyd Webber.