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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Barrow entertainer demonstrates skills during one-man concert

A GIFTED young actor, singer and musician, who has just won a place with a national youth arts programme, displayed his talents with a one-man charity concert in Barrow.

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TALENTED Ben with his great grandmother, Flo Knox, 96, a resident at the extra care housing facility PICTURES BY JON GRANGER REF: 50062064B002

Ben Lewis, who has secured a place with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, put on a musical theatre concert at Station View, an extra care housing facility in Barrow.

The 15-year-old student of Ulverston Victoria High School played the saxophone, piano and sang songs from the shows for more than 80 people. The grade eight saxophonist who is about to sit his GCSEs raised around £415 for St Mary’s Hospice of Ulverston.

He performed favourites from West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar.

The audience on Tuesday included residents and members of the public.

Among Ben’s fans are his 96-year-old great grandmother Flo Knox.

Ben thanked his audience for their support and said he had really enjoyed performing for them.

The member of Ulverston Amateur Operatics, Ulverston Outsiders and Ulverston Pantomime Society also played saxophone for the residents at Mill Dam sheltered housing, in Ulverston, yesterday.

Ben auditioned for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain in February in Manchester. Now he has a place and will attend a course with the organisation this August in London.

Ben said: “I’m ecstatic, I feel very privileged. It is a great platform for me.”

He plans to study at Ulverston Victoria High School’s sixth form after his GCSEs and then is considering applying for performing arts courses.

He said his ambition is to be on the professional stage one day.

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