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Talent shines in Knowsley


The first ever Knowsley event entitled “Shine” took place last week, showcasing the talent of local musicians and dancers.

The talented performers came together to perform live in front an audience at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park – for many, it was their first experience of performing live.

Attendees were treated to an evening of entertainment including:

  • Two dance performances by 12-18 year olds who attend the Christopher Linzie School of Dance, based in Stockbridge Village.
  • Singer Ruby McErlain, aged 10, attends Malvern Primary School in Huyton and performed a solo of ‘This Girl is On Fire’
  • Singer Isabel Rose Cosgrove, who attends All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby, performed ‘Part of Your World’ from Disney’s classic feature film ‘The Little Mermaid’
  • Singers Brian and Mia Graham (brother and sister) performed solo versions of ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ (Mia) and ‘Perfect’ (Brian) – Both have been regulars performing at Foodie Fridays as well as studying in Knowsley.
  • Singer Rachel Ryan, from Prescot, performed ‘Price Tag’
  • Elite Street Dance Company, who meet at New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre in Halewood, wowed the audience with two dances. The first was performed by 11 to 14 years olds with the second by 5 to 7 year olds.
  • Huyton Singer Katie Hinton performed ‘With You’ from the musical version of the hit movie ‘Ghost’
  • Al’s Club is a social club in Huyton that meets weekly and includes 17 to 54 year olds. All have experienced health and / or disabilities throughout their lives, but that doesn’t stop them and they performed an amazing rendition of ‘This Is Me’ from the musical feature film ‘The Greatest Showman’
  • The Natalie Dignam Theatre School Choir, who meet at Cronton Community Centre and bring together young and older generations, performed ‘Titanium’ and ‘Mamma Mia’
  • Also performing were the Natalie Dignnam Theatre School Eclat, based in Cronton, who performed ‘Grown Woman’ and ‘Bring Me to Life’
  • Singer Lisa Dempster, who has worked at Knowsley Council for over 30 years, performed “Something Inside So Strong’
  • Dancer Libby Cullen, who practices in Whiston, performed to ‘Did You See’
  • A Bit of Everything has been performing for just over a year and practice at Huyton Library – they are singers, dancers, actors – a bit of everything!
  • Ending the evening was a performance by the A3 Dance Trio from Kirkby.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said

“It was a truly amazing night and we are so lucky to have such an array of talent here in Knowsley.  It’s great that they were recognised at the Shine event. Congratulations to everyone who took part.”