Teen musician travelling to U.K. for singing contest
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | September 08, 2016
Grade 12 student Cassidy Glecoff will be packing her bags and flying to London, U.K. in December to compete in the final round of the Open Mic International Singing Competition.
“When I found out I made it to the final round, I was at a friend’s house recording and writing music,” recalled Glecoff, who received the news on Aug. 26. “My mom called me and freaked out. At first, my friend was more excited then I was but the next day at work it hit me, when my mom sent a text telling me that we were for sure going to travel to the U.K. in December.”
In the spring, the 16-year-old Haliburton resident learned she beat out about 200,000 contest hopefuls to earn one of 13 spots in the public voting round.
Now, as one of the top seven, she is that much closer to earning the title and winning a share of $10,000 British pounds (about $17,000 Canadian) and other prizes such as studio time and vocal lessons.
It’s a dream come true for Glecoff, who has performed at numerous local events and shared the stage with other local talent. Her musical influences include pop and folk.
“I was super excited to have made it this far already, and I can’t wait to experience London while meeting more musicians and gaining exposure,” she said. “It truly surprises me but I’m so grateful to have made it to the finals. It’s very nerveracking but in a good way.”
She is one of three Canadians to advance to the finals. The other singers are from France, Cyprus and the Philippines.
Glecoff and her parents are awaiting more details from the competition organizers. For example, they are unsure if it will be an all-expenses-paid trip or not.
According to the contest’s website, it is a “platform designed for singers, singer/songwriters, groups and vocalists of all genres wishing to showcase their talent to an international audience gaining worldwide exposure to promote their talent and enhance their career.”
It is run by Big Break Promotions UK.
For updates, visit openmic-international.co.uk.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.