Katherine ‘best of Brits’ at festival

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A FORMER town teenager has won a prestigious talent contest, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Katherine Skene took the top prize in the Festival4Stars national singing finals, at an awards dinner held in a Glasgow hotel last month.

The 18 year-old, who now lives in Largo Ward, but is also a former member of music groups in the town and surrounding area, triumphed in solo singing in the 15 to adult category in front of a panel of celebrity judges.

Katherine, a student at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, will no get the chance to see if her talent can take her even further, as she is showcased singing an original song, accompanied by visuals on a website for up-and-coming performers.

Proud mother, Karen, said: “Katherine has been singing since the age of eight with Glenrothes Amateur Musical Association and Markinch Amateur Operatic Society and she also used to sing at the CISWO Club.

“A guy called Greg Friel has written the song and she has done the video and it has been put on the website.

“She got some amazing praise from the judges, who included former ‘GMTV’ presenter, Richard Arnold, who said Katherine had produced an “effortless performance with great emotion, class and polish.”

Other judges such as Alan Whitehead - drummer with 1960s and 70s Scottish hitmakers Marmalade and manager of 1980s acts including Amazulu, Belle Stars, Modern Romance and Mel ‘N’ Kim - were equally taken with her performance.

The contest, which is now in its 11th year, is aimed at giving talented people of all ages the encouragement and opportunity to perform.

Katherine is the daughter of Karen and Neil Skene, who run the family-owned business which runs Lomond Quarry, near Leslie and other branches.