VIDEO: Teenage soprano wins Lancaster talent show

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A farmer’s daughter from Milnthorpe who sings soprano scooped top prize at an outstanding showcase of talent in Lancaster.

Faye Bowness, 15, delivered a sensational rendition of ‘Pie Jesu’ to win the annual Furness Charity Stars night at the Grand Theatre.

Furness Charity Stars winner Faye Bowness.

Furness Charity Stars winner Faye Bowness.

Faye’s incredible operatic vocals won her £1,000 for her chosen charity, North West Air Ambulance.

Runner-up was seven-year-old Ciara Quinn, who sang ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen.

Ciara, from Walton-le-Dale, displayed a powerful voice and stage confidence beyond her years to win £750 for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Such was the high standard of talent, the judges could not decide on an outright third place.

The prize was shared between three-piece band Ember and teenage singer Ben Lewis.

Ember, a trio of young musicians from Blackpool, won £300 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation while Ben won the same amount for St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.

The charity talent show was hosted by Danny Matthews, who presents the breakfast show on The Bay radio.

Judges included Greg Lambert from The Visitor and Lancaster Guardian, Darren Milby from The Bay and Sue Heron and Ian Quayle from Furness Building Society.

Greg said: “This was the highest standard I’ve ever seen on any local talent show.

“There were many acts of exceptionally high quality and congratulations to everybody who took part.”

Previous winners of the annual talent night organised by Furness and The Bay, Amy Jo Clough and Rita Baugh, also performed.

Other contestants included 74-year-old Ron Carey from Heysham, Emmie Togneri from Morecambe, girl group Harmony from Morecambe, and Lyndsey Davies from Heysham.