Stevenage Festival

The Spotlight 2013

Information on some of the individual performers taking part in the Stevenage Festival.



Bethany Huckle


My name is Bethany Huckle and I am looking forward to performing for my family and friends at Stevenage Showcase. I am a former student of The Nobel School in Stevenage and I have been performing from an early age both locally and nationally. Last September I started my first year of training at the Urdang Academy in London for my Professional 3 Year Performing Arts Qualification. I have successfully completed Trinity singing qualifications together with my tap and modern ISTD gradings. I hope at the end of my training I will be fortunate enough to work within the industry and perform in the West End.



Daniel Garvin


Daniel first shown interest in playing the violin at the age of 3 and started lessons at the age of 6. He joined the Stevenage Saturday Morning Music School and currently plays for their Senior Strings, Orchestra and Chamber Group. In 2011, he was chosen to become a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain. That same year he also started piano lessons with Ben Ward. Daniel joined the National Schools Symphony Orchestra in July 2012, and last September he became the youngest member of the North Herts Youth Orchestra.

He has advanced rapidly through his music studies obtaining Grade 5 level and Grade 4 in theory in only 4 years. This summer he will taking his Grade 5 theory and Grade 6 exams. Daniel truly enjoys music and he hopes to become a professional violinist in the future.



Jodie Charles


Jodie Charles has been dancing since the age of 5 and trained at Dance Design Theatre Arts. She has won many competitions including the All England regional finals on three occasions. In June last year Jodie was picked for Team England where she flew out to Austria to compete for her country - she successfully won two gold medals and two fourth places. Jodie was offered a scholarship at Cambridge Performing Arts (Bodyworks) and started there in September 2012. She will be training there for  the next three years studying ballet, tap, singing, acting, jazz, pointe, commercial and contemporary dance. Jodie is hoping to follow her dream of becoming a professional dancer, and is delighted at being asked to perform in the first Stevenage Festival and being part of the wonderful talent in the region.





Younique specialises in Street Dance, Hip-Hop and Locking & Popping and covers all age ranges from the very young to the very old and everything in-between. This unique group aims to encourage, nourish and develop dance ability in all, through fun, engaging classes taught by professionals. Younique also gives kids, teenagers and adults the opportunities to perform in shows, competitions and community, national and international events. See



Alive and Singing


Alive and Singing™ is an all-inclusive trio of choirs attracting members from all walks of life and led by the energetic and charismatic Jamie Serafi. Anybody can join Alive and Singing - no audition and no requirement to read music! Come along and try Alive and Singing in Stevenage FREE – Just visit our website at 

What are you waiting for? Come and find YOUR voice!"



Lydia Dobson


Now aged 16, Lydia Dobson began playing the cello aged 4. She gained a place at Primary Royal Academy of Music at 8, and at 11, took her ABRSM Grade 8 examination, winning a silver medal for one of the highest marks in the UK. A scholarship to Junior RAM followed, studying with cellist, Lionel Handy. She now works with Pal Banda at The Purcell School.

Lydia has performed in master classes with Jo Cole and David Strange and successes have included winning the Lower String Prize at the Junior RAM.
Lydia has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra since 2009 and has played all over the UK with many top conductors including Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, Semyon Bychkov, Kristjan Järvi and John Wilson.

Lydia hopes to become a professional musician – possibly as member of one of the world’s top orchestras.



Sophia Khoury


Internet singing sensation Sophia is 11 years old and a pupil at Camps Hill School Stevenage. She has always been a natural performer, having taken dancing and singing lessons from the time she was four years old.

Her recordings on YouTube, including covers of songs by Adele and Ed Sheehan, have attracted nearly 8 million hits from around the world over the last year, gaining the attention of mainstream music companies, including a recording opportunity with Warner music and interest from TV and radio.



Sabihah Stars Belly Dancers


Sabihah Stars is a professional belly dance company who take the beautiful art of belly dance and fuse it with other forms of dance to create a unique and exciting belly dance experience. Laura, the creative director of Sabihah Stars is passionate about sharing the magic and pleasure of belly dance with others. Laura runs her own school, Belly Dance Fusion at TruGym, Stevenage, where the students get the opportunity to perform with the Sabihah Stars.

For more information on bookings or classes visit



Alison Wrenn - Composer


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra, looking to create greater awareness of their group and attract new members, have received a tremendous boost by winning a BBC Performing Arts Fund "Community Music" grant. The grant will be spent on a project involving five local primary schools, and commissioning a new piece of music written specially for the orchestra by local cellist Alison Wrenn.

Competition for the grants was strong and central to the Stevenage success was their ability to demonstrate benefits to the community through the creation of new music. This project will take the orchestra into schools where we can sow the seeds for musicians of the future and hopefully also attract parents who play an instrument and would like to join us.

Alison Wrenn’s new composition, ‘Legends of the Tor’, will be in five movements lasting around 25 minutes in total. The inspiration for the piece draws upon some of the many legends surrounding Glastonbury Tor, and the piece will be premiered at the Stevenage Orchestra “Myths and Legends” concert at Gordon Craig Theatre on 15th June 2013 as part of a programme of popular classics.

For information about other events that are taking place during Stevenage Festival please visit our page of Fringe Events.