Hartlepool girl band have plenty of Sparkle

Sparkle who have impressed in competitions and at charity events
Sparkle who have impressed in competitions and at charity events

The boss of a performing arts academy has paid tribute to four talented youngsters who have recorded a string of successes.

The MTA academy,in Park Road, Hartlepool, which is run by Toni Parker-Harvey, is the place where Sparkle have honed their talents.

The girls came first in the under 16 category for vocal choir at the Darlington Music Festival against much older choirs with a lot more members. They got outstanding comments and the hugest mark of the day!

Toni Parker-Harvey, owner of MTA

The girls – Holly Bentham, 13, and 12-year-olds Campbell Daniels, Lottie Willis and Lily Gowland - have only been together for less than two years, but they have already achieved great things in the world of talent.

And it has delighted Toni who said: “They have achieved so much in such a short space of time.”

Toni added: “Sparkle were awarded the overall entertainment award at the Futures Bright Awards which is ran by by Hartlepool youth parliament. The girls were also invited to perform at the event which was held at the Borough Hall.

“The girls also came first in the under 16 category for vocal choir at the Darlington Music Festival when they went head to head against much older choirs with a lot more members.”

Toni added: “The girls gave up their time to perform at Ye Olde Durham Social Club’s Big Breakfast charity event in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice and Cancer Research, £2,575 was raised on the day to split between the charities.

“They have also been invited back for a second year to perform at local festival Mayhem In The Garden organised by the Easington Colliery Heritage Group.

On top of all that, Sparkle were also shortlisted in the Young Performer of the Year section of this year’s Best of Hartlepool Awards.

What a year it has already been for MTA which has just held its first town hall production called “Music, Talent ... Action!”

It featured 80 of the performing arts academy’s students with the youngest aged two and the oldest 19.

Toni added: “It was a variety show including singing, dancing and guitar solos.”

The school’s performing arts department performed big show-stopping musical numbers from Billy Elliot, Matilda, We Will Rock You and Bend it Like Beckham The Musical.