Musical duo join church concert

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TWO schoolgirls bursting with musical talent will be the guests of pianist Frank James at a concert at South Cliff Methodist Church next Monday.

Teenager Claire Stafford, who is studying for a diploma in flute playing at the Sixth Form College, performed at the church three years ago.

But soprano Marion Terry, 12, from Ravenscar will be making her debut at the church, although she sang alongside Frank at Wydale Hall near Brompton last summer.

Marion, who has studied ballet dancing and acting, gave her first public performance at the age of 10.

Frank is a former school music teacher who has lost count of the number of appearances he has made at the church over the years. He says: “It is nice to be able to give young people a chance to show off their musical skills and it promises to be an entertaining evening with plenty of variety.”

As well as accompanying the girls, Frank will perform solo spots including classical music and items from shows.

He adds: “Marion is a young singer with a good voice and will be performing one or two numbers from shows whilst we will all work together in a grand finale”.

Proud mum Sylvia Richardson-Terry adds: “Marion has adored music, drama and performing for as long as she can remember. At home, as well as singing, she plays a guitar to accompany herself, having had lessons since she was eight”.

Monday’s show is due to start at 7.45pm.