10 January 2019
CHARLIE GOES TO WEMBLEY ARENA
Charlie, Upper Sixth student at The Royal School, had the experience of a lifetime when she performed with Farnham Youth Choir in the ITV ‘X Factor Live Final’ at Wembley Arena before Christmas. Charlie commented, “I have been singing with FYC since I was 12 and in this, my last year, I was thrilled to perform with them in this amazing event.”
She continued, “On the Friday night before the Live Final, the Choir visited the Metropolis Studio in Chiswick, one of the biggest recording studios in Europe, for a three-hour session where we recorded the backing vocals for Scarlett Lee’s performance of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ that would be released on iTunes after the show. I really enjoyed getting to sing in the studio and seeing all the high-quality equipment they used. On Saturday, we arrived at Wembley Arena at 11am and were immediately plunged into our first rehearsal of the day. It was exciting to see how they prepared for such a big event and to see some of the judges and presenters during the rehearsals.
When it was finally time to perform I was overwhelmed by the noise of all the supporters in the arena since I had never performed in front of so many people. Scarlett was amazing, and performing on the X Factor was an incredible experience, especially since we managed to impress Simon Cowell with our singing!”