Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Girl’s talent doesn’t surprise me, says charity founder

IT seems Henley teenager Niamh Green has always had a knack for performing.

IT seems Henley teenager Niamh Green has always had a knack for performing.

The 17-year-old granddaughter of singer Vince Hill played her first lead role in a school production of the musical

Sweeney Todd
last month, as the

Henley Standard
reported two weeks ago.

Now Ken Carter, of Greys Road, Henley, says she gave an equally impressive presentation on behalf of his charity Decibels in 2014. Niamh, who lives in Mount View with her grandmother Maryann Green, was part of a team of five pupils who secured a £3,000 grant for the charity through the international Youth Philanthropy Initiative.



The youngsters carried out research on Decibels, which trains disabled people in music and the arts, and then persuaded a panel of 10 judges to award the money.

The money went towards a project based on the works of Shakespeare. Mr Carter, a former music teacher at the Oratory School in Woodcote, said: “Niamh and another girl led the presentation in a very dramatic fashion. It was quite unconventional — I’d have been far too shy to do that at their age.

“She was very lively and confident. She was only 15 at the time but I remember thinking she was going to go places.

“I never realised she was Vince Hill’s granddaughter because she never said anything. She didn’t show off but just got on with things.”

After seeing Niamh perform in

Sweeney Todd
at Leighton Park School in Reading, Mr Carter hopes to introduce her to composer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Lord Berkeley, one of his former pupils.

He said: “I know students are really busy at her age but it would be good for networking.

“She has enormous potential as a future actress and singer.”



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