‘I really want to seize every opportunity to get out there and perform’

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JENNIFER Parker-Lummis would love to be a professional opera singer – and now she’s a step closer after winning The News Instant Star talent contest.

Her prize is to get her own slot in a big Song and Dance 2012 variety show to open the autumn season at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.

Instant Star winner Jennifer Parker-Lummis

Instant Star winner Jennifer Parker-Lummis

The 33-year-old from Gosport, the unanimous pick of the judging panel at Monday night’s auditions, said: ‘I’m chuffed, thank you very much.

‘My mum read about Instant Star and said I should enter, but you never know what the judges are looking for.’

She added: ‘I’ve been working hard to try to become a professional opera singer. Now I really want to seize every opportunity to get out there and perform.’

Jennifer, who works in sales for a bed firm, is on maternity leave.

She and husband Mike have two daughters, three-year-old Jasmine and Anna, eight months.

She is no stranger to singing in public.

In 2010 she gave the first operatic performance at the top of Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower and she has staged a one-woman show called It Ain’t Over ’Til The Fat Lady Slims at St Mary the Virgin church in Rowner.

She also sang on the steps of Portsmouth Guildhall during previous Lord Mayor Cheryl Buggy’s inauguration last year – and appeared in a Lord Mayor’s gala show at the Kings.

Jennifer had singing lessons as a child and went on to study music at A-level at South Downs College.

She then went to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Instant Star judge Sandra Smith from the Kings said: ‘Jennifer is a worthy winner. She has a superb voice and I look forward to seeing her in the variety show.’

The show, on September 2, features professional and local talent and is being held in aid of the Kings Theatre Restoration Fund, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and cancer charity Kick It Into Touch.

For tickets, call the Kings box office on (023) 9282 8282.