Heysham singer’s Welsh fame at popular festival

Singer Janet Hoyle, of Brentlea Crescent in Heysham, who won first place in one of the competitions at the world-famous Llangollen Eisteddfod.
Janet with her winner's medal.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
25-7-2016
Singer Janet Hoyle, of Brentlea Crescent in Heysham, who won first place in one of the competitions at the world-famous Llangollen Eisteddfod. Janet with her winner's medal. PIC BY ROB LOCK 25-7-2016

A Heysham singer took home first prize at an international music festival, dressed as a Victorian maid.

Janet Hoyle won the open folk song solo at the recent 
Eisteddfod International Music Festival in Wales.

She sang two Lancashire Folk songs in the Pavilion, which holds more than 4,000 people. She incorporated the Victorian maid as a theme for the songs.

Janet, who lives on Brentlea Crescent, even had a taste of fame when she appeared on Welsh TV for her win.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it, I was so happy to just get in the final three. My husband, David, nearly fell of his chair when I won.

“When I got home I was like an excited little girl. Sometimes you are just a bit apprehensive but on this occasion I just felt so happy, I looked at this huge stage and I thought I would like to get up there.”

Janet has been singing for as long as she can remember.

She has performed at Bridge Water Hall and in many choirs in France and has also been involved with Kendal Choral Society and Arnside Choral Society.

The festival attracts people from all over the world and hosts a range of categories for choirs, singers and dancers to get involved in.

Janet took home a money prize, a bronze medal and a certificate.