Thursday, 18th November, 2004

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Darren Devine, Western Mail

Holly Holyoake
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A 16-YEAR-OLD girl last night told of her excitement at being plucked from a theatre audience to sing a duet with one of the world's biggest classical music stars.

Holly Holyoake, from Newport, sang Ave Maria with Hayley Westenra at the North Wales Theatre in Llandudno.

The sixth former, who sings with male voice choirs in South Wales, is a member of the star's international fan club [ED:That's us folks!] and first met her when she was in concert at St David's Hall in Cardiff last year.

The pair met again last Saturday when Holly asked to perform a duet with Westenra in the foyer of St David's Hall, when the star was signing copies of her album Pure. Westenra obliged and when she spotted Holly in the audience the pair resumed their recently-formed partnership.

Holly said, "I was thrilled to perform with Hayley. She's an inspiration to me and to stand on the same stage as your idol and perform a duet is a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience."

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