Leanne Quirke can pursue singing dream after winning scholarship at New Vibe Academy, Gallows Corner

Leanne Quirke

Leanne Quirke - Credit: Archant

A recruitment worker could soon see a career change of her own – after winning six months’ free classes at a Gallows Corner performing arts school.

Leanne Quirke, 23, beat 35 other hopefuls to take the scholarship at New Vibe Academy following a grand final on Saturday.

“My long-term goal is being something that I love for a living,” said the Dagenham resident.

“I wouldn’t have been able to afford the classes – it’s an amazing opportunity for this to come along.

“I lost my cousin Anne-Marie to a brain tumour six years ago, and she’s the reason I sing now – I do it in her memory.

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“Winning was a pleasant surprise because I’m quite a nervous person and I’ve never done anything like this before.”

Jessica Clemens, who opened the academy off Bryant Avenue back in October, will now give Leanne training and studio time to help her realise her dream of becoming a professional singer.

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