Festive album joy for Elena

Singer Elena Larkin, 14, (right) with Sarah Lavelle from Hartlepool & District Hospice
Singer Elena Larkin, 14, (right) with Sarah Lavelle from Hartlepool & District Hospice
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TALENTED Elena Larkin will be rocking around the Christmas tree this year – to the sound of her very own album.

The excited 14-year-old is set to spend her half-term break in Milton Keynes recording a festive album after alerting recording company bosses of her talents with some videos she posted of herself singing on YouTube.

Elena, a pupil at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, said she couldn’t believe it when she was contacted by recording company MK VIBE asking her to make the trip south for a trial studio session.

She quickly impressed, was offered a recording contract and is now set for her own Christmas covers album – with 50 per cent of all proceeds going to a town charity.

To the delight of staff, Elena has chosen to support Hartlepool & District Hospice and people in the town can support the cause when the album hits the shelves and is available to download from early next month.

“It’s just fantastic,” said Elena’s proud mum, Sandra Larkin, 48, head of continuing health care at County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust.

“For the last couple of years music has been her absolute passion, so I’m absolutely over the moon for her.”

Sandra, who lives with Elena, and husband, Steven, 48, a welding formeman, in Ryehill Gardens, Hartlepool, added: “It all happened so quickly. She uploaded videos of herself on to YouTube and was contacted by MK Vibe and before we knew it she was going down there to meet them.

“They are putting Elena on a 12-month development programme and giving her the chance to record a Christmas album as a way of raising her profile and raising money for charity.

“Due to my connections with the NHS, Elena understands the difficulties which the hospice faces to raise as much money as they need to and realises just how vital the facility is for the town.

“We are absolutely delighted for her and to be helping the hospice as well caps it off.”

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “It’s wonderful that Elena wants to use her talent to support her local hospice and it’s exciting that she has invited us to share in her success.

“The donations made from the sales of her music will be used to fund our care services and we are extremely grateful of her kindness.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing her album and would like to wish her all the very best with her musical career.”

• More information on how to buy the album will appear in the Mail closer to the release date.

To hear Elena sing visit www.youtube.com/user/Elena2LarkinUK