Local star Lizzi shines again in leading Open Mic contest

Lizzi Burgess, and (inset) recording her songs at The Grand, Clitheroe, for her first EP.
Lizzi Burgess, and (inset) recording her songs at The Grand, Clitheroe, for her first EP.
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Talented young singer/songwriter Lizzi Burgess, from the Ribble Valley, has been given the big thumbs up by judges at the Open Mic UK auditions in Manchester.

Along with other impressive acts, Lizzi has made it through to the under-16s category of the Open Mic UK 2013 regional finals, in which she will perform in front of music industry judges and a live audience.

Lizzi Burgess

Lizzi Burgess

Playing the piano and singing a shortened version of her most recent composition, Lizzi only needed to perform a short section of her song before the audition judges made the decision to put her through to the live show.

Open Mic UK 2013 is the biggest music competition in the UK for singers and solo artists, searching for the UKs best up-and-coming singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.

Lizzi is now busy preparing for the live regional final, to be held at the Royal Northern College of Music on Sunday, October 6th.

Commenting on getting through, she said: “I’m really excited, I can’t wait for the live show.”

Winning it would mean performing in the prestigious grand final of the Open Mic UK 2013 at the 02 Arena in London.

Aged just 15, Lizzi is a puil at St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, and also attends the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, where she studies classical voice and piano. She has been composing her own songs for about four years and bowled over the judges to win The Grand’s annual talent show for local high schools – GRAB The Event – earlier this year, performing her own song “Packed Every Box”.

She has been the star performer at several local events, including the Grabbies Awards night; the Lions 30th anniversary dinner at the Spread Eagle, Sawley; and the Children’s Trust “Draw The Line” event at The Grand, Clitheroe, as well as performances in school and for family and friends.

Just about to start her second year of her GCSE course, Lizzi will be working as hard as ever on her music to prepare for the upcoming events.

She is currently recording her first EP, a sensitive and soulful collection of piano/acoustic songs, and was asked to be guest performer at the latest Acoustic Village Event at The Grand last Friday.

Tickets are still available for the Open Mic UK regional final on October 6th in Manchester (£8 per person), either from Lizzi by messaging her on Facebook (see below) or through www.openmic.co.uk