South Armagh singing sensation reaches final of top UK talent competition

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
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12-year-old Niamh Noade from South Armagh is the only Irish artist to reach the final of Teen Star, an online International singing competition specifically for teen and pre-teen performers.


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The young harpist and singing sensation has beaten off over a thousand other budding young artists for a chance to win one-to-one mentoring from music and entertainment industry judges such as Carrie Grant and Julie Miles.



With her stunning renditions including John Legend’s All of Me and John Lennon’s Imagine, Niamh has wowed judges and competitors alike, being referred to as the “Angel with the Harp”.

Niamh began her music career at the tender age of 7 and learned to play a number of instruments as well as the Harp, winning titles in numerous feis competitions and the Armagh Fleadh.

She is coached by local Armagh harpist Dearbhla Bennett and singing coach Lauren McCann.



She is also a member of the Traditional Arts Partnership, Ring Of Gullion Comhaltas, Newry Youth Performing Arts and Flynn Performing Arts.

“We are so incredibly proud of Niamh at such a young age to have reached the final of this prestigious competition,” said Niamh’s mother Deirdre.

“It is a fantastic achievement and a great opportunity for her to receive guidance from leading industry professionals.

“It has also really helped her during Covid 19 as it has given her something to focus on and to look forward to,” she continues.



Deirdre adds, “Special thanks to Dearbhla and Lauren who have worked tirelessly with Niamh throughout her Teen Star journey.”

Jarlath Burns, Principal at St Pauls High School, Bessbrook where Niamh currently attends says, “All the pupils and staff at St. Paul’s are really proud of Niamh and are hoping she does well in the competition.

“Niamh is immensely talented and is already an accomplished musician at such a young age and is an outstanding pupil.


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“Win or lose, she has created a wonderful feeling in our school and her achievements have lit up the place which is even more special during these dark times,” he adds.

Niamh, the only harpist in the competition, will compete against 22 other contestants during the live final which will be broadcast on Facebook this Thursday, 26 November at 7 pm with the live results show happening on Wednesday, 2 December.




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