A dream performance for classical singer

Sophie Hurst and Nathan Wieckowski Photo: Lucy Elliott Photography EMN-151222-121802001
Sophie Hurst and Nathan Wieckowski Photo: Lucy Elliott Photography EMN-151222-121802001

From busking on Stamford High Street to performing at the Royal Military Guards Chapel in London, young soprano Sophie Hurst is feeling on top of the world after scoring her biggest musical gig yet.

Classical singer, Sophie, aged 22, from Empingham had the privilege of performing at the Canine Partner’s 25th Anniversary Carol Service on December 16, a prestigious event attended by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GVCO.

Sophie received the invitation to perform following an unexpected nomination made by a member of the public who had been listening to Sophie sing on Stamford High Street.

“I was so shocked to receive the phone call telling me I had got the gig,” said Sophie. “I never thought at this stage in the game that I would be invited to perform at such a prestigious event.”

Sophie, who started singing at Ripon Cathedral Chorister at the age of 11, attended the event, organised by Draycott Nursing and Care, with her accompanist Nathan Wieckowski, from Peterborough who often performs with Sophie around the local area.

“We were both so excited,” said Sophie. “There were nerves, but they were excitement nerves.”

The pair performed a special version of Silent Night to an audience of more than 600 guests, including special guests, Fiona Fullerton, Nicholas Parsons CBE, David Robb and Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE.

Sophie, who has just started a degree course in Vocal Performance at the University of Chichester is still on a high following the performance: “It was amazing, it was such a privilege to perform at such an event.”