Search

Collier Row teen performs in West End and reaches next stage of nationwide singing competition

16:34 14 May 2014

Shannon performed at Her Majesty

Shannon performed at Her Majesty's Theatre and has been sent through to the next round of the nationwide singing competition Teenstar.

Archant

A teen couldn’t imagine in her wildest dreams that she would perform at the West End and also make it to the semi finals of a nationwide singing competition, would become a reality.

Shannon Borawski, 15, from Hillrise Road, Collier Row, not only was given the chance of a life time to perform in a new musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, but she has made it through to the London Area finals of the singing contest, Teenstar.

She said: “It is all a bit surreal at the moment as everything seems to be happening all at once. I just can’t believe it is happening to me.”

The musical was written by Havering College of Further and Higher Education lecturer, Peter Dayson, which tells the tale of the closure of a youth community club and the attempt to stop it from shutting down.

When Shannon heard of the college holding open auditions for some of the roles, she jumped at the opportunity last year and was overjoyed when she heard she was given a small role.

She said: “I wasn’t given the lead or anything but I was just so happy to be part of it and to have such an amazing experience. It was so nerve racking just before going on but when I did I loved it!”

But Shannon was beyond thrilled when she was put through to the next stage of the nationwide singing competition, Teenstar, after she sailed through the regional finals in February.

Changing the 80s classic “we don’t have to take our clothes off” by Jermaine Stewart into a ballad, the teen impressed the judges and was put through to the next stage of the competition.

Shannon said: “My singing teacher suggested the song choice to me and I wasn’t sure at first but when I started practising, it really grew on me and I think it came out really well.”

It was also because of the publicity she received through the Recorder, that Teenstar awarded Shannon the publicity prize, which meant she was given time in a recording studio to record six songs of her choice.

She added: “Since all of this started, my confidence has grown so much and I have loved every minute of it.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

17:00
 Fatal crash scene Rainham Road, Hornchurch.

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to a 24-year-old who was killed on Monday night when his Ford Focus hit a lamppost in Hornchurch.

Some of the damage caused at Noak Hill Victory Hall last weekend

A community is calling for help to find whoever is responsible for breaking into and trashing their hall.

16:16
Lois Mackie, Mavis Lindsey, Mark Reeves, Graham Arthur, Colin Brooks and Seun Oluwaseun Okupe who work for the Harold Hill Foodbank

A foodbank is pleading for donations to help it stay open after revealing it can’t keep up with the running costs.

15:43
High Street, Hornchurch. Picture: Google Street View

British National Party (BNP) leafleting in the borough has been branded as “extremist” and “Islamaphobic”.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder

Finding the jet remains a priority for Malaysia.

The revelation came on the opening day of the inquest into the siege at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe.

The iconic skeleton is set to be replaced by a giant blue whale skeleton in 2017, and people on Twitter really aren’t happy about it.

Citizens of New England wished they had temperatures “barely getting above freezing”.