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X Factor star Lucy leads World's largest children's choir

The largest Children's choir in the world, Young Voices will be performing for the next five nights at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena and leading them will be local X Factor star Lucy Spraggan.

Sheffield's Lucy Spraggan on ITV's X Factor Credit: ITV

Lucy will be joining approximately 7,000 singing school children every evening this week as part of the Young Voices national tour.

Young Voices provides an unrivalled musical opportunity for primary school children to perform all styles of music including folk, pop, rock and classical.

Teachers & pupils practice the dance routines and learn the songs in their music lessons for many months before they come together for the penultimate show at their local arena.

Lucy Spraggan shot to fame on X Factor 2012, she auditioned performing her own composition, 'Last night' but had to pull out of the competition due to illness, so she subsequently finished in ninth place, and second in her category.

She was the first contestant in the show's history to score a Top 40 single and album before the live shows even aired with her independently released album Top Room At The Zoo.

Lucy has been in the studio recording her new album preceded by the single 'We Are Unsinkable' due for release early next year and will be performing tracks from the album whilst on tour with the Young Voices choir.


Brit nomination for former Leeds students Sigma

Drum and bass duo Sigma have been nominated for two Brit Awards. The pair, Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie, are former Leeds University students. One nomination is for the best British Single - with Nobody to Love and the second for the best music video for the same song.

Joe and Cameron met in 2006 when Cameron was working in a local record store while Joe was DJing hip-hop and warming up for such acts as Rahzel and Grandmaster Flash.

When they had finished in Leeds, they relocated to London and became a three-piece with Edwards' school friend Ben Mauerhoff before being signed under DJ Fresh's Breakbeat Kaos:

Rapper from Hull tackles negative perceptions of his hometown

A rapper from Hull has released a song and video trying to counter negative perceptions of his home town.

Chiedu Oraka's "I'm From a City" is an honest account of his experience growing up in the city which will be City of Culture in 2017.


Emergency funding for Hull Truck Theatre

Hull Truck Theatre is billed as one of the top acts of Hull's City of Culture - but it has had to turn to emergency funding for an eighth time. The theatre has had to contend with many issues over the years, not least starting its life on the back of a lorry, then moving into crumbling premises. But it was its latest switch to a new multi-million pound home which looks to have cost the theatre dear even though it's planning to be around for several years. Helen Steel reports

Joe Cocker's brother speaks for first time since the Sheffield singer's private memorial

The brother of rock legend Joe Cocker has spoken for the first time since returning from a memorial in America for the Sheffield-born singer, who died just before Christmas.

Vic Cocker said he will always be proud of his brother's achievements and the joy he brought to millions through his music. Joe died after an 18-month battle with lung cancer. Mark Witty reports

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