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Harlow’s Lola wins singing competition

Lifestyle / Mon 23rd Oct 2017 at 11:20am

Lola Mesher

LOLA Mesher aged 10 from Harlow, won the under 11’s category of One Dream on Saturday 7 October at Stratford Circus Theatre.

Lola sang her rendition of ‘Listen’ by Beyonce and wowed the judges with her performance scooping away £1000 in cash as her prize!

Lola who has been singing since a very young age, dreams to be on the West End Stage one day and with this competition she has taken a step in the right direction!

Lola said: “I wasn’t expecting to win as there was so much talent in the final 30.”

Lola’s mum Nikki said: “We thought it was an amazing opportunity for her to do what she loves, we didn’t expect her to win. Lola wants to go to Legoland with her winnings but we will be taking her as a treat for winning and then she is banking her winnings for when she is older to use for her career in singing.”

Hundreds of children from across the UK attended the auditions for their chance to win the large sum of money and were whittled down to just 30 to perform on the stage in front of a huge audience. With 2 categories, the under 10’s and 11-18, the winner from each category winning £1k each!

The judging panel included the founder of Make Believe, Joel Kern, along with senior talent agent Eilidh McCole and industry professional Emma Murphy.
After enjoying the competition, Lola now attends the Make Believe Harlow School which runs on Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 8:30 at Burnt Mill Academy, First Avenue, Harlow, CM20 2NR and children aged 3-18 can attend.

Founded by Joel Kern in 2004 Make Believe have 50 schools in and around London, Australia and most recently Manchester, teaching youngsters the basic skills in the performing arts. Kern, who started Make Believe aged 15 by teaching five students to sing, dance and act, has seen the company grow into one of the most exciting performing arts companies with around 3500 children enjoying the after-school classes on a weekly basis.

And with a raft of talent coming out of the Make Believe Talent Agency (including youngsters landing roles in West end Musicals, TV shows and adverts) the future is looking very bright for the Ilford-based producer who won the Federation of Small Business Young Entrepreneur of the year for South East England award.

Joel said: “Make Believe is all about giving young people an opportunity to fulfil their hopes and dreams on stage. I would like to say a huge well done to all the young people that took part and a very special congratulations to Lola for being the under 10’s winner of the competition!”
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