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Vanessa adds yet another singing award to her tally of success this year

Sheffield High Sixth Former Vanessa Frampton has won yet another prestigious singing award, this time at the David Clover Festival of Singing.

Vanessa, who was recently a runner up in BBC Chorister of the Year finals from hundreds of entrants across the country, won the Intermediate Recital Award at the competition in Sheffield.

“It was such a wonderful experience”, said seventeen year old Vanessa, “I really enjoyed performing in such a friendly atmosphere and was very proud to have won in such a high standard competition.”

Vanessa is a chorister at Sheffield Cathedral, where she has already enjoyed regular opportunities to broadcast on the radio with the choir and also to tour abroad. She studies singing with Dr Vivien Pike, one of the many visiting peripatetic teachers at Sheffield High School. Dr Pike taught Lesley Garrett and set her on her way on her singing career and hopefully Vanessa will now follow in her footsteps.

Background The festival was established in memory of Dr. David Clover, who came to Sheffield in 1966 as the city’s Music Adviser to the Education Department. Following his untimely death in 1979, it was decided that there should be a fitting and lasting tribute and memorial to his work in the city. The result was the establishment of the ‘David Clover Vocal Prize’ in 1980, later to become known as the ‘David Clover Festival of Singing’.

Since its inception, the original ‘Vocal Prize’ has grown into a competitive event of worth, high standing, credibility and stature in the eyes of discerning musicians not only in and around the city of Sheffield, but also nationally.

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