Actress Samantha Womack wowed by talent at High Close SchoolBy Jon Nurse
January 04, 2013
A touching performance of a Snow Patrol hit wowed a TV star and proved a Wokingham school has true talent.
Former EastEnders actress Samantha Womack enthused that ‘High Close has got talent’ as the Wiltshire Road school finished the winter term with its annual variety show.
An eclectic display of singers, rappers, drummers, dancers and bands dazzled the TV and stage personality – and the audience – at Barnardo’s High Close School on Friday, December 14.
The actress, who is currently filming the screen version of the play One Night in Istanbul, visited with her two children to judge the school’s seventh competition.
Farrell Taylor, 15, seized first place with a moving rendition of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars.
Actress Samantha compared the performance with X Factor winner James Arthur and said she had been captivated by his voice.
Principal Zoe Lattimer said: “Samantha was a wonderful judge.
“She made the young people feel very proud of their performances, with some fantastic comments after each act and helped make the show even more special.
“She really entered into the spirit of the day and we were treated to a fantastic show.
“We were so glad we could share it with Samantha.”
Second place was tied between all of the remaining 10 acts as the judges couldn’t choose between them.
Samantha said: “The pupils put so much energy and enthusiasm into the contest; it was such a fun day.
“There were some amazing performances. High Close School definitely has talent!”
High Close School is a residential special school for young people at junior and senior school age ranges with special educational needs.
Pupils sang Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas, performed a drum solo, played a Queen song as part of the school band HCDC and rapped a mixed version of the Proclaimers’ 500 Miles.
Farrell will be presented with a personalised prize at the start of next term.