Former Uckfield students star in Framfield show

Nia Coleman
Nia Coleman

Two former Uckfield Community Technology College students take part in a concert at St Thomas a Becket Church, Framfield on Saturday (April 4).

Soprano Nia Coleman, 23, and singer Beth Ellwood, 18, both join The Paul Dunton Orchestra for what’s described as ‘an atmospheric mix of alternative and pop music with a classic twist’.

Paul composes and performs instrumental pieces and songs with popular influences such as Elbow, Neil Young, Rufus Wainwright, Burt Bacharach and Pink Floyd while drawing inspiration from Einaudi, John Barry and Samual Barber.

He cites fellow band members as the key to his growing success. “Technically, I am a songwriter with an orchestral band, however it’s not like that, we are a very close, united team. I’m lucky to be surrounded by a group of incredible musicians, who are also great friends. I owe so much to them.” He has opened for many musical stars including Joan Armatrading and he and his orchestra perform at home and abroad.

In 2009 Nia embarked on a music and drama degree at Manchester University graduating with First Class Honours. She has continued to study singing with Glenville Hargreaves, senior professor at the Royal Academy of Music. She’s gained a place to study her Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy. Nia has also staged shows in Buxted and Uckfield.

Beth Ellwood, another gifted singer, has been performing publicly since she was 12. Now Beth has just recorded her first CD which includes her own songs as well as popular covers. She has a powerful voice, equally at home with country, folk, rock and pop and has a knack of picking up a new song from the radio and making it very popular.

She never stops singing, has had success in various talent competitions and was recently part of the acclaimed musical stage show ‘The Dreamers’ marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Tickets, £10, from www.wegottickets.com/event/311817.