Kirkcaldy girl in national talent final

A delighted Hannah with singing teacher Rachael
A delighted Hannah with singing teacher Rachael

A Kirkcaldy girl who only took up singing lessons 18 months ago has astounded herself and her family by winning a place in the UK final of a nationwide talent competition.

Hannah Denholm (12), of the town’s King Street, entered the competition with others from ‘Love Singing’, a singing school set up by Rachael Allitt, a former student of the Royal Conservatoire, “to have fun and get a bit of performing experience”.

And Hannah, who is going into S2 at Kirkcaldy High School after the summer, was left speechless when she was chosen as a winner in the U14 solo singing category at the Scottish regional heat of TalentFest, a nationwide competition for singers, dancers and actors, held recently in Glasgow.

Singing ‘Titanium’, Hannah was one of just five singers from around 60 in her category to advance to the final.

Rachael Allitt said: “She is a very talented girl with a very strong singing voice and I think she could do really well in this competition.”

Hannah, who is a member of Youth Music Theatre Scotland, will now perform at the UK final in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens from September 26-27.

She said: “It felt great when they announced my name as one of the winners and I couldn’t believe it.

“I am really looking forward to the final and I will be working hard with Rachael so that I can do my best.”

Mum Kerry said all the family, including dad Martin, and younger brother and sister, Eve and Aiden, would be cheering her on at the final.