Student selected for dream duet with West End star

West End musical fan and NTU student, Lucy Curry, has been chosen to sing a duet with her idol, Kerry Ellis, at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.

West End musical fan and NTU student, Lucy Curry, has been chosen to sing a duet with her idol, Kerry Ellis, at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.

Kerry, star of shows including Wicked and Oliver! will be performing in A Night in the West End with the NTU Choir and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 15 March.

Matthew Hopkins, director of music at NTU and the concert's conductor, asked if Kerry would sing one song as a duet with a student. She agreed and two audition rounds later, videos of nine finalists were sent to Kerry for her to judge.

This week the artiste made her choice and has selected choir member Lucy Curry, 18, as her singing partner.

Lucy, who is studying primary education, said:

"When I found out I'd been chosen I nearly cried! I've always loved musical theatre since I was little and I've seen a West End show every year. I'd seen Kerry in Wicked and really she is the West End star that stands out. I still can't believe I'll be singing with her, I don't think it has sunk in yet."

Lucy will be performing I Know Him So Well from Chess by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus for the concert, which will launch a major fundraising campaign for the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre – the University's purpose-built scientific facility.

It was Lucy's rendition of this song which won over Kerry in the audition rounds.

Matthew Hopkins said: "What a wonderful opportunity for a student at the University to sing with one of the best West End artistes and a world renowned orchestra."

A Night in the West End will feature the dazzling Nottingham Trent University Dance Troupe and music from Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You and The Lion King among others.

For tickets to A Night in the West End visit Theatre Royal Concert Hall.

Student selected for dream duet with West End star

Published on 13 March 2014
  • Category: Culture; Music

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