Elizabeth Unwin & Aggie Rigg!

Elizabeth and Aggie are the winners of the Sing to Win competition and will be joining us on stage at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens in July for Movie Music in the Gardens!

Elizabeth Unwin (18) from Chesterfield is currently studying Musical Theatre at West Nottinghamshire College, and will soon be moving to Southampton to study the subject further at University.  She started singing at a young age, but has taken it more and more seriously in recent years and aspires to have a career as a West End performer one day.

Earlier on this year Elizabeth reached the final of the Open Mic UK competition where she sang live at the London O2 arena, and although she was a runner up it gave her all the confidence and experience she needed to succeed in the Sing to Win competition.  She has also recently played Matron Mama Morton in a full scale production of Chicago (her all time favourite musical!) with Inspirations Theatre.  This gave her a wealth of experience developing a much older character.

Elizabeth commented, ‘To have to chance to sing with the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra is life changing.  I am super excited to perform with them as singing with a live orchestra is something I have always wanted to do!  I am extremely thankful and lucky to have an opportunity like this at such a young age and I’m really looking forward to the performance.’

She continued, ‘This is a huge moment for both myself and my family, who along with my College tutors have always been so supportive of me.  I know they are all really excited for the event and I can’t wait to make them proud when I sing on stage at the Botanical Gardens’.

Originally from Derby, Aggie moved to Sheffield in 2012 to study History at the University and has never looked back.  She quickly fell in love with the seemingly endless hills, the musical stylings of Richard Hawley & of course, Hendersons Relish.  She loves the city’s vibrant culture and is a firm believer that Sheffield is the greatest city in the world!

By day she works in Marketing & Communications, but her singing career began at a very young age in her bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, garden... anywhere!  She would tirelessly recite her favourite songs to her family (Wuthering Heights being a personal favourite, and always accompanied by somewhat questionable dance moves).

In her younger years she dreamt of taking to the stage and singing in front of vast audiences, though in reality it took her until earlier this year to muster up the courage to sing to a small crowd at The Gardener's Rest pub in Kelham Island.

Talking of her success in the competition, she commented,

I am in total disbelief that I'll now be singing at Music in The Gardens alongside the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra.  Entering this competition was a huge personal challenge and test of my confidence; I doubted I'd even get past the first round!  I’ve learnt so much from Sheffield, it's people and culture, and I can't imagine a more perfect way to give something back than by performing at Music in The Gardens.  And to be supported by such talented and skilled musicians will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience.

My long term plans are to keep singing and not be afraid to give my best. I have my own personal dreams... is a duet with Richard Hawley too much to ask?  I'd also love to write and play my own songs one day. But for now, this is the start of a very exciting chapter…