Wembley date with a difference for Kettering singing sensation Faryl
Faryl Smith will be performing the National Anthem for the League Two play-off final which is being played behind closed doors
Kettering's Faryl Smith will be singing the National Anthem for the Cobblers' play-off final against Exeter - but it won't be quite the same as previous Wembley performances.
The soprano who shot to fame as a finalist in the 2008 series of Britain's Got Talent is no stranger to singing in front of big crowds.
She has performed at Wembley, Twickenham and Wimbledon, but it's going to be different for the 2019/20 EFL League Two play-off final between Exeter City and Northampton Town as Monday's match will be played behind closed doors due to Covid-19.
Faryl told this newspaper it will be a pre-recorded video of her singing the anthem, and added: "Times are very strange at the moment, but I’m excited to be singing again.
"It is also extra exciting as Northampton Town Football Club will be playing."
A spokesman for EFL said: "Faryl will be pre-recording the National Anthem outside Wembley Stadium on Wembley Way with the iconic arch in the background.
"The pre-recording VT will then be shown on the internal big screens in the stadium just before kick off when the players are lined up on the pitch."
Aged 10, Faryl won 13 awards at the Eisteddfod in Kettering.
She went to Southfield School for Girls and performed in several music festivals before starring in the ITV talent show.
Music mogul Simon Cowell described her as “literally one in a million”.
In 2010 she was nominated for two Classical BRIT Awards, becoming the youngest artist ever to receive a double nomination.
Faryl has performed for Her Majesty The Queen as well as singing at numerous events including The Festival of Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal Variety Performance.
To read about Faryl's recent collaboration with the RAF to record a version of popular hymn Abide With Me, click here
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