Young Corby singer in regional finals of national competition

Singer Niamh Kennedy, 18, of Corby
Singer Niamh Kennedy, 18, of Corby

Singer Niamh Kennedy from Corby has won a place in the regional finals of the Open Mic UK competition.

Niamh, who recently left The Kingswood School after completing a performing arts course, will be taking part in the next leg of the competition on Saturday, October 12, performing in front of an audience of about 500.

Niamh, 18, of Kirby Close, who works at the Beefeater restaurant at Oakley Hay, impressed the judges in the first round with her version of Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child.

She said: “I’m really hoping I get through to the grand finals at the 02 in London.”

Open Mic UK 2013 is the biggest music competition in Britain for singers and solo artists, searching for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.

Events co-ordinator and head of future music Chris Grayston said: “Every year we hold this competition the bar is raised and the quality gets higher and higher.

“We’re really looking forward to experiencing the raw talent from across the country.

“For promising singers, song-writers, rappers and vocalists, Open Mic UK provides a real opportunity to open the door to a music career by showcasing their talent to music industry professionals and audiences across the country.”

Previous winners of the competition include the X Factor’s Jahmene Douglas and Lucy Spraggan.