Singer Natasha reaches the finals of Emunah Young Musician of the Year

Monday, 11th February 2013

Immanuel College pupil Natasha Fisch (Year 8) has made it to the finals of the Emunah Young Musician of the Year 2013. The 13-year-old singer was one of dozens of talented youngsters who took part in the heats at the Royal Academy of Music. She impressed the judges with her “fine, confident performance” of The Wizard and I by Stephen Schwartz.

This was the first time that Natasha has entered the competition run by Emunah, a major provider of welfare services for vulnerable children in Israel, and held in conjunction with the Jewish Chronicle. 

She said: “I was extremely shocked when I heard I had been chosen [as a finalist] as I was up against some talented people, as well as it being my first competition.  Now I am excited, overjoyed. I have been singing since the age of five or six and I have lessons once a week in school.  I practise at home every day in my spare time and would love to be in musical theatre when I grow up.”

Natasha was the class winner of Solo Voice I and Daniel Berenson (Year 10) was the runner-up.  Another Immanuel College pupil, Brady Isaacs-Pearce (Year 8), was runner-up in the Solo Voice II. 

Emunah in Israel helps thousands of children on a daily basis through its network of residential homes, high schools, day care, therapy and counselling centres.  Appropriately, the contest raises funds for the Lord and Lady Sacks Music Therapy Programme at Emunah projects in Israel and benefits children with severe emotional needs.  

Excitement is mounting as Natasha prepares to sing in front of an audience of nearly 400 people at a showcase concert and competition finals when the overall winner will be chosen.  She is one of eleven finalists from around the country. The adjudicators will be Malcolm Singer, Director of the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music; opera singer Teresa Cahill; concert pianist Norma Fisher and Stephen Pollard, Editor of the Jewish Chronicle. 

If successful, Natasha will win £500 of musical instruments for Immanuel College, courtesy of Wienerworld.

The finals of Emunah Young Musician of the Year take place on Sunday 3rd March at the Royal College of Music in Kensington.  The concert begins at 4pm. Tickets are £8 children under 16; £20 adults/£25 adults’ premium seats or £50 Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children). For information about the charity or to book seats, call 020 8203 6066 or visit www.emunah.org.uk