Performing Arts learner wows at AoC conference

A PERFORMING Arts learner has taken the first steps on her professional journey after booking a prize-winning gig.

Beth Pearson (16), of Grimsby, who is a Level 3 learner at the Grimsby Institute, entered a competition to perform at Tuesday night’s AoC Beacon Awards in Birmingham.

The event, which saw the Institute take home a City and Guilds award for staff development, was held at the ICC in front of around 2,000 guests.

Beth had originally hoped to win the chance to fill a 10-minute slot, but organisers were so impressed they booked her for a 45-minute set at the event’s pre-dinner.

The teenager, whose mother Angela is programme leader for Performing Arts at the Institute, said she felt “quite nervous” ahead of taking to the stage.

“I prefer performing in bigger venues though so as soon as I got up there I was fine.”

Beth, who received a show-stopping makeover by media make-up learner Megan Horsewood for the special event, performed numbers including Burn, from Hamilton, and Hero.

“I was really happy to have this opportunity and would love to go on to work on the West End.”

Praising the Grimsby Institute, she added: “It’s been great, because I’m doing what I want to do and don’t have to do subjects that don’t mean a lot to me.”

Proud mother Angela also commented: “It’s quite fortunate she sings like me and dances like her dad, because if it was the other way around we’d have a problem.

“She always takes on every challenge I give her, professionally or personally, and rises to it.

“Tuesday night was a massive test, to take the first steps into the professional world, but she took the opportunity and flew with it.

“I’m very proud; as a tutor and as a mum.”