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Ronan Parke the singing sensation from Porlingland


The singing teacher of a Poringland schoolboy tipped for stardom has told how she was bowled over by his talent when he first came to her three years ago.


Ronan Parke, 12, won a legion of fans and became an overnight internet sensation after his stunning rendition of Feeling Good on popular ITV television programme Britain’s Got Talent.


The Framingham Earl High School pupil credited his singing teacher Kay Webber with giving him the confidence to apply for the show. Miss Webber is no stranger to live television performances herself, as she performed under the name of Rich Gypsy in the Song for Europe competition in 1982, which was held to pick the UK’s song for the Eurovision contest.


Ronan Parke from Poringland with his singing teacher Kay Webber


Miss Webber, who lives in Blofield Heath, said she first came across Ronan when she was holding a singing workshop for about 20 children at the Garage, in Norwich. Miss Webber, who grew up in Wales with a mother who was a trained opera singer, said his personality shone through, but it was not until she took him on for solo lessons and first heard him sing individually that she realised she had a star on her hands.


She said: “When Ronan first came for a lesson and opened his mouth and that sound came out I thought: ‘aah, we have something special here’.


“He had a huge voice even at that age, but he needed to know how to control it and not overuse it.


“I think it’s very important for singers to really get across the story of what they are singing, and to understand the words and Ronan is very mature in this understanding of how to sing.


“And it’s not just the voice, it’s the whole package. He’s just a lovely boy and it’s the way he presents himself.”


Miss Webber, who still performs in the Norwich area with her partner and guitarist Colin Johnson under the name CJ and Kay, said she and Ronan had been working hard on perfecting songs across a wide repertoire.


Kim Briscoe


Norfolk’s Ronan Parke pipped to the post in Britain’s Got Talent final Poringland singing sensation Ronan Parke finished second in the final of Britain’s Got Talent.


Despite making the top three, he lost to Jai McDowell. Simon Cowell said: “How you’ve coped with everything so well at your age and then you come out on that stage and - and this is a big big song - and you nailed it, you just did brilliantly.” Louis said: “He’s made the hairs stand on the back of my neck.”


Ronan said he was pleased with his performace and thanked everyone for voting for him befoe breaking down in tears. Lucy Wright


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