A former choir girl from Lancashire will be swapping hymns for hard rock next month as she takes to the stage with music legend Rick Wakeman.
Lizee Weedy will be rocking out with former Yes keyboardist Rick at two concerts at the Lancaster Priory on October 16 and 17 as part of the Lancaster Music Festival.
The 20-year-old student from Lancaster said: “I sang with the Priory choir from age seven to 18 so it is lovely to be able to go back and perform, especially alongside such an influential figure in contemporary music”.
Rick, who has played all over the world with musicians such as David Bowie, Elton John and Ozzy Osbourne, will be joined on stage with Lizee and members of the Lancaster Priory Choir.
Lizee said: “I was actually thinking about purchasing tickets for the concert then I got a call asking me to perform. It’s a huge compliment.
“We’ll be doing a version of Ava Maria with the Priory Choir that Rick performed with his daughter as well as one of Rick’s hits from 1989, The Meeting”.
Lizee says that her parents grew up listening to Rick’s music but it’s her brothers who are his biggest fans. “Both my brothers love him but my brother Gavin thinks Rick is the best thing since Beethoven and is going to drive up here from down south for the evening.
“My family are all very proud though.”
The future is looking good for young starlet Lizee, who also sings with her band The Haydn Funk Project while studying music in Manchester.
“I feel like I’m at the very beginning of my journey as a musician and I feel very honoured to have been asked to do this.”
Lancaster Music Festival will feature 345 individual performances from 185 acts across the historic town. For tickets, see ticketsource.co.uk/lancastermusicfestival
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