Young Gosport singer scoops six awards at festival

WINNER Charlotte Roberts with her awards from the Gosport Music Festival and Councillor Chris Carter, chairman of the festival.  Picture: philipwoolway.com
WINNER Charlotte Roberts with her awards from the Gosport Music Festival and Councillor Chris Carter, chairman of the festival. Picture: philipwoolway.com
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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TALENTED singer Charlotte Roberts impressed judges at Gosport Music Festival, winning six awards – more than anyone else.

The 18-year-old student at St Vincent College in Gosport, entered seven categories in the adult vocal competition, beating her own record from last year, when she won three awards.

The competition, in its 63rd year, saw Charlotte wow judges, including BBC Radio 3’s Melanie Armitstead, in the competition which ran for three days earlier this month.

And she set the tone of the competition, singing her first winning performance of the event in Italian, in the Operatic Aria category.

Charlotte said she was shocked to win and valued the feedback from the judge.

She said: ‘It was great, it’s quite hard work. It was brilliant – I wasn’t expecting it at all.

‘It was helpful with the comments the judge made as well. I like making my family proud. They’ve always supported me.

‘I get nervous to start with and then once you’re up there it’s fine – it just comes out, you have to try and forget about it.

‘I used to find it quite nerve-wracking but now I’ve been doing it a while.’

But winning the prizes in the English composer, Folk song, Victorian ballad, young adult solo and vocal recital categories was no easy task for Charlotte.

Her singing practice regime sees her work with music teacher, and music and drama secretary of the competition, Karen Bennett, of Beech Grove Alverstoke, up to five nights a week.

‘I practice more than once a week, at least five for a few hours after college,’ she said.

‘I do warm-ups then I sing through. I speak the words then learn them, you have to do it all by memory. I’ve always enjoyed it.’

The musical life is more than a hobby for Charlotte, as she studies music and music technology A-levels at the college. She said she hopes to become a professional singer or singing teacher.

‘I’m going to apply for music college in 2014 and go from there,’ she said.

‘I want to do singing teaching but if I got the chance to do performing then I would.’

Both Charlotte and Mrs Bennett selected the songs, making sure they chose ones that suited Charlotte’s voice.

A winners concert on Saturday, November 24, will see the winners of the music, speech and drama festival pick up their awards at the United Reform Church at 7pm.