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Evan Darroch selected to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall

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Evan Darroch, a pupil at King William's College, will travel to New York in June to become the first Isle of Man student to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York as part of the US Honors Performance Series choir.

Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated middle school performers from across North America and select schools internationally and it's a fantastic achievement for Evan to be selected. The choir comprises music students, selected by a panel of music professionals and conductors.

Soprano Evan is in the Lower Fourth (Year 7) at King William's College, having previously attended The Buchan School.

Evan, who lives in Port St Mary, explained: 'I have always enjoyed music and started singing when I was four, with Barbara Gale from the Gale Force choir and Sue Mills at the Buchan. I sang with the Buchan Bluebirds, Falcons and Chamber Choir, and now with KWC Chapel Choir. I have also sung Rutter's Pie Jesu with the Isle of Man Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra, and solo with the Erin Arts Centre Community Choir. As a member of the National Youth Choir of GB Boys' Choir, I sang in my first concert with them on the 8th April in Oxfordshire. I have taken singing lessons since I was seven and am preparing for the Guild and my Grade 6 exam.

'The organisers asked me to make a five-minute audition recording for the Honors Performance Series selection board, and I sang "Trade Winds", "Art thou troubled" and "Simple Gifts". I also had to send in a performance biography with everything I had sung in and all my Guild and exam results. Everything was submitted in October, so it was a long wait to find out if I had been chosen. I will be at the rehearsals and concert on my own with the choir, but my family are coming with me to New York. It is going to be exciting for us all!'

Evan will travel to New York for three days of rehearsals and workshops with conductor Sally Albrecht prior to the performance at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, June 23rd, and will also enjoy sightseeing trips, a party in Times Square and a Broadway show.

According to Nancy Richardson, Program Director for the Honors Performance Series: 'Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Junior Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget.'

Steve Daykin, Director of Music at King William's College, said: 'Evan is a talented singer and we are all incredibly proud of his achievement. He will be representing both the College and the Isle of Man, joining other performers from the US, several provinces of Canada, Mexico and Taiwan. I'm sure it will be amazing experience and Evan should be proud of what he has achieved.'

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school and middle school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated Carnegie Hall. For more information, visit www.honorsperformance.org.