Local singer to share stage with Beverley Knight

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AT the launch of Fyvie Live last week, it was announced that ex-Ellon Academy pupil, Kim Anderson is to share the stage with the legendary Beverly Knight at the Castle’s 800th birthday celebrations.

Commenting, the singer who has made her name by singing at events such as the Energy Ball and the Emmerdale Ball said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting Beverly Knight and sharing the stage with her – she in an inspirational singer.”

The 20-year-old musical theatre student, who is currently studying for a diploma at the Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, dreams of starring in a West End musical.

Kim is one of 12 promising finalists selected for the final of the from UK’s leading drama schools. Students will perform a Sondheim song as well as a new song by a Mercury Music Developments writing team, on stage at The Queen’s Theatre on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue on Sunday, May22.

Speaking about her favourite musicals Kim said: “I like modern musicals – Sister Act is one of my favourites, Legally Blonde, Mama Mia and recently I saw Hair Spray in Aberdeen. Phantom of the Opera is one of my favourite more traditional musicals.”

As a versatile singer, Kim also sings jazz and pop and takes vocal lessons from David Beer, the successful West End musical director who has also worked with Leona Lewis and Katie Melua. She said: “I’d also like to start singing in classical style. One of my teachers does teach classical as well. I think it would be beneficial to my voice and it’s good technical training.”

Kim is inspired by Patina Miller, the American musical theatre star who played Dorlores in Sister Act the Musical, also Leona Lewis and Alicia Keys and the singer told the Herald that one of the judges at the Stephen Sondheim final was Kerry Ellis who played Elphaba in ‘Wicked’ both in the West End and on Broadway. She said:

“It will be a shock to the system to have her watch me singing. She is a very successful singer.”

Fyvie Live event manager, George Walker said: “We’ve known Kim for a long time and have always thought she was heading for great stardom. When she performed at the Emmerdale Ball she received a standing ovation.

“I think she’ll be a lovely mix with Beverly Knight and she’s also a nice person which, as an event management company, makes you want to work with her again.”