Teen singer and band into the last 18

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­

AN ICK­EN­HAM singer song­writer is into the fi­nal of a London-wide busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion with her new band.

Sara Wil­liams, 15, and her band The Vynes – Mark Fin­cham, 17, on bass gui­tar, Vincent Chap­man-An­drews, 15, on gui­tar, and drum­mer Jack Reynolds, 16 – are in the last 18 of BigBusk, which pits per­form­ers against each other at spe­cially se­lected busk­ing sites across the cap­i­tal.

A com­bi­na­tion of pub­lic and judges’s votes then de­cided the fi­nal line up, which this year is on Sun­day.

“It has been a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Sara, from The Pad­dock.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited for the fi­nal and I’m re­ally happy that we got this far from 1,000 en­trants down to 18.”

Sara and The Vynes – named after Vyn­ers School in War­ren Road, Ick­en­ham, which all the band­mates at­tend – played a num­ber of venues, in­clud­ing the West­field shop­ping cen­tre and a pitch out­side St Paul’s Cathe­dral dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, run by the Mayor of London’s of­fice.

Aged only 14, Sara won Hilling­don’s Hid­den Tal­ent last year, or­gan­ised by Hilling­don Coun­cil, with her song Just Be­fore You Say Goodbye.

Check www.getwest­lon­ on Mon­day, Septem­ber 8 for the re­sults and for a video per­for­mance of the band’s track, Obliv­i­ous.


■ ‘BRILLIANTEXPERIENCE’T: Sara and The Vynes play­ing dur­ing the BigBusk 2014 com­pe­ti­tion

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