A TALENTED young performer from King’s Ely made his first appearances on stage at the London Coliseum this month after being chosen to play the role of Lead Boy in English National Opera’s (ENO) latest rendition of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Year 9 pupil and ex-head chorister, Edward Birchinall (13) was one of hundreds of hopefuls from across the UK who auditioned for the role in what has been acclaimed as ‘one of ENO’s most magical productions’ (The Times).

And as if that wasn’t enough excitement for one week, within 24 hours of making his ENO debut, Edward also learnt that he had passed his Associated Board Recital Diploma, allowing him to place the letters DipABRSM after his name.

Vanessa Scott, Edward’s singing teacher, said: “Edward has a very beautiful voice and sings with musicianship and artistry way above his years. He is a thoroughly nice young man and worked with tremendous focus during the summer holidays to prepare for these two challenges.

“Passing the Recital Diploma is a notable achievement at any age, but to have managed both of these at 13 is exceptional, and he deserves every bit of his success.”

Edward has already enjoyed a busy year with Ely Cathedral Choir and passed his Grade 8 singing with a high Distinction in the spring. He also for sang the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London in June and recently appeared in the West End production of Oliver alongside Rowan Atkinson.

Head of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone said: “Edward is a gifted individual with an innate sense of performance and well-rounded musicality. I have my ticket and I’m really looking forward to seeing and hearing Edward in such august company.”

Edward’s next performances in The Magic Flute will take place on October 11th, 15th and 18th.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.eno.org/see-whats-on/productions

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