A Billingham schoolgirl is set to make her solo singing debut at a classical spectacular concert being held at St Peter’s Church.

Laura Toomey, aged 14, is appearing at the ‘Baroque Fest’ event on Saturday 13 January at the Yarm Road church which features a programme packed with baroque highlights.

The programme will be performed by a 21-piece orchestra, comprising instrumentalists from across the UK, St Peter’s Choir, Tees Valley Youth Choir and guest singers.

The music includes Vivaldi ‘Gloria’, Handel ‘Water Music’ and Bach Cantata 127 alongside a host of other well-known pieces.

Laura, a pupil at Red House School whose ambition is to be an opera singer, is singing as a contralto at the event, an unusual achievement for a singer her age.

Concert organiser, George Barber, who is the organist and choirmaster at the Yarm Road church said: “It’s unusual that someone so young can develop the rich tone required for contralto singing.

“Laura has developed such qualities with much distinction of late and is very excited about the forthcoming concert.”

Laura, who is aiming to go to music college and would love to sing professionally, is looking forward to her solo.

She said: “I’ve sung in the Baroque concert at St Peter’s for the last five years and this is my first year as a soloist. Vivaldi’s Gloria is a great musical work and I’m excited to have been chosen by George to do this solo.”

The ‘Baroque Fest – Bach/Handel/Vivaldi’ concert takes place at St Peter’s Church, Yarm Road, Stockton-On-Tees on Saturday 13 January 2018 at 7.30pm.  Tickets are available at the door and cost £10.