Phoebe in finals of comp

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A talented teenager from Ilkeston has made an impression with her ukulele at a national open mic competition.

Phoebe Pritchett, 16, from Ilkeston, who goes to Kirk Hallam Sixth Form, has made it through to the regional finals of the prestigious Open Mic UK singing competition, and will now be performing in the live showcases of the competition.

Open Mic UK 2014 is the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK, and travels the country every year in search for the best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres performing either covers or their own original material.

Phoebe , from Catherine Avenue, said: “I’m very happy to have gotten through to the regionals. I love performing and I’m excited to compete in the 16-20 category.

“ It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m lucky to have all the support I’ve had so far.

“I’ve been playing the ukulele for just over two years after I got my first as a souvenir from York. Last year I then went on to buy my beloved concert sized ukulele. It’s an instrument that I love singing along to, and it’s definitely more portable that my piano.”

Over the years the competition and Future Music have discovered some of the best new talent and propelled them to the big stage, working closely with Sony, Universal, Warner and Syco.

Previous Future Music competition winner Birdy’s career has gone from strength-to-strength since winning Open Mic UK, after securing a deal with Warner Music and watching her debut album achieve gold status in the UK and platinum status throughout Europe, and receiving a 2014 BRIT award nomination.

Pheobe will perform at the regional finals in Nottingham on October 26.

More information can be found at openmicuk.co.uk