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One minute, Faryl Smith was an ordinary schoolgirl with a talent, the next she was
being told in front of a national television audience, “You are literally one in
a million”. This is how 13 year-
Despite her youth, Faryl had already been through several tests of her nerve and ability before she faced the bright lights of Britain’s Got Talent.
When she was 10, she won thirteen awards at the Eisteddfod in her home town of Kettering,
Northamptonshire, then took first prize in the 10-
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In August 2012, Faryl added Villa Park to her list of big-
In September 2012, Faryl had the honour of singing in front of HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex, at the Duke of Edingburgh Cup prize giving dinner, Windsor Castle.
In 2009 Faryl was privileged to be able to sing with the greats including the legendary Jose Carreras at the Hampton Court Festival where she performed a duet and has also shared a stage with Placido Domingo at the 2009 Classical Brit Awards. Faryl sang at the 2009 FA Cup Final in front of around 400 million television viewers worldwide.
To round the year off, Faryl contributed to the Festival of Remembrance in front of millions of viewers and the Queen herself and was then lucky enough to be able to perform for her majesty again at the Royal Variety Show in Blackpool.
2008 was most certainly a year to remember for Faryl, but 2009 saw the young girl
from Kettering breaking records with the release of her debut album, performing to
crowds of over 80,000 and signing a second multi-
Reaching the top 5 in the commercial album chart, Faryl became the fastest-
In 2010 Faryl was nominated for her first Classical Brit Award in both Best Album and Young Performer, the youngest ever performer to be nominated for two classical awards. Faryl was also awarded a silver clef Nordoff robbins classical award, the youngest ever to be awarded with a Variety Club Showbiz award.
She also went on to perform for the second year running at the FA Cup Final singing the National Anthem and Abide With Me in front of an estimated 450 million viewers.
Following these events, Faryl was invited to the Royal Academy of Music by Gareth Malone to help inspire younger people to learn more about classical music, which was aired on BBC 2. In the summer of 2010, Faryl was asked by Eammon and Ruth Holmes to sing at their wedding.
To round off 2012, Faryl will be touring with The International Harp Ensemble. The tour is called 'The Magic of a Thousand Strings' and Faryl will be singing a wide range of music from Ave Maria to Leonard Cohen's haunting Hallelujah. The tour continued into 2013.
In February 2013, Faryl was asked by Lady Elsie Robson to sing at the Sir Bobby Robson Memorial event where she sung a duet with Russell Watson.
Recently Faryl has performed at the first ever wedding at Boughton House in July 2013 and at Castle Ashby House in November 2013.
Faryl was honoured to be invited back to Windsor Castle to sing again for Prince Edward in 2014 and was also invited to perform at the Prince’s Trust Butterfly Ball in 2014. Faryl has been accepted into several music conservatoires this year but will continue to be available for bookings, events and will continue to be on tour with the International Harp Ensemble during 2015. Faryl will be singing at Wembley once again in 2015.
Recently Faryl has performed the National Anthem a few times at Wembley for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final, the Play Off finals this year and also the FA Community Shield match which were all aired on Sky Sports. She was honoured to have been invited to sing for Princess Anne at the Tower of London and will continue to perform in lots of concerts around the country throughout 2015, including Exeter Cathedral and Rochester Cathedral.
Faryl has had the privilege of singing at The Royal Albert Hall seven times so far…
2011 saw Faryl appear for the third time in front of HRH the Queen at the Epsom Derby. Also Faryl went back to Llangollen International Eisteddfod to perform with Russell Watson. She was also invited to perform at a vast range of prestigious charitable functions such as Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Also in 2011, classical singer, Rhydian asked Faryl to sing a duet with him on his TV series on S4C, which culminated a momentous year for one so young.