West End calling for two Worthing sisters

West End Calling
West End Calling

Two sisters from Worthing are through to the semi-finals of a West End singing competition.

Bryony-Rose Brookman, 17, and Phoebe Brookman, eight, were hand-picked by judges in the London-based youth musical theatre competition, called West End Calling.

West End Calling

West End Calling

Only five contestants were hand-picked by the judging panel, which was made up of West End stars including Kieran Brown, Damien Walsh, Kate Playdon and Tom Lees.

The judges said Bryony-Rose had ‘near perfect vocals’, ‘really nice riffs’ and ‘a very good natural vibrato’.

“Your focus and professionalism were on point,” they told her.

Bryony-Rose is a member of three-part harmony band The Luvettes and has a good vocal range which enables her to encompass a wide repertoire of singing styles.

Bryony-Rose Brookman, 17

Bryony-Rose Brookman, 17

She won her first competition when she was three years old and has big ambitions, competing in singing competitions across the south east.

Bryony-Rose, a former Durrington High School student, is currently studying musical theatre and performing arts at Northbrook College, where she has been performing as Whitney in the production Legally Blonde yesterday and today.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Phoebe is a little girl with a big voice. She instantly had the panel on her side, the judges said, noting she had ‘lots of energy’.

“Your performance was very confident and clear,” they told her.

Phoebe Brookman, eight

Phoebe Brookman, eight

She starting entering competitions when she was six and was massively successful in her first year. She spends all her time singing and is desperate to appear in musicals.

Phoebe is rehearsing the part of Queen of Hearts with Rustington Players for Alice in Wonderland, which will be performed on March 3 and 4.

The sisters, who live in Radnor Road, first auditioned for West End Calling, for talented youngsters aged eight to 21, in early January.

They were both selected to go through to the next round, performing at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Leicester Square, to a sold out audience.

They were then chosen to go through to the semi-final in March. Both girls said they loved taking part in the heats and are so excited to perform in the semi finals.

The top 12 performers out of 30 at the semi-finals will go through to the final at the Ambassadors Theatre, currently home to STOMP, on April 11.

The competition receives applications from all over the UK. In 2018, West End Calling plans to hold auditions at different locations in the UK. Visit www.westendcalling.co.uk for more information.

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