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Nine-year-old Lauren to sing at Carnegie Hall in NY

Young classical singer got the invite after win at prestigious US contest

Published on Jan 26, 2013 11:17 AM
 

WHEN nine-year-old Lauren Yeo bursts out singing Ave Maria in class, her classmates shoot her puzzled stares.

Weaned on a diet of pop, many of them are not familiar with classical music. Lauren, on the other hand, finds it hard to understand why her friends are so crazy over pop singer Adele and boy band One Direction.

"The songs are so noisy that they give me a headache," said the petite Lauren, who is soothed by the mellow tunes of Sarah Brightman and Charlotte Church.

In two months' time, the Primary 4 pupil will also get a chance to be in the spotlight at New York's famed Carnegie Hall.

Lauren Yeo singing at a coffee shop in Toa Payoh yesterday evening. The Primary 4 pupil, who has performed at a variety of venues, from the Esplanade and The Arts House to Tiong Bahru hawker centre, still prefers the informality of heartland events. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
 
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MUSIC FOR THE MASSES

We want her to use her voice to give back to the community at events where people don't need to buy tickets to enjoy the music.

- Mrs Sue Yeo, Lauren's mother