A classical singer from South Tyneside is making a comeback after taking a break from public performances.
Sarah Ryan, 22, from Hebburn, wowed audiences throughout her teenage years with her powerful vocals and talents before taking a break.
I am quite a shy person, but it’s now time to start believing in myself.Sarah Ryan
The shop assistant - who has performed at venues like Durham Cathedral and The Sage Gateshead – is now ready to get back onto the music scene.
Sarah has continued with her singing lessons and says the break has enabled her to think about the musical direction she wants to take.
She said: “It’s been hard these past few years to juggle work and performing. It all became a bit too much, so apart from the singing lessons, the singing really took a bit of a back seat.
“But I’m ready to get back out there and show people what I can do. The break has also made me realise the route I want to take.
“I am still doing classical and opera, but this has given me the chance to work on more modern songs, but with a classical twist,
“At the moment I’m really focused on making a name as an events and wedding singer, as this is what I would like to do.
“I am quite a shy person, and I have in the past let the lack of confidence affect me.
“But I have continued with my singing lessons, and it’s now time to start believing in myself again and getting out there.”
Sarah will be performing publicly tomorrow night for the first time since her performance at Durham Cathedral last year.
She will be singing at an Italian-themed event in Otto restaurant, based inside the Hedworth Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields.
The former Hebburn Comprehensive School pupil added: “I was in the restaurant and I thought it would be a great way to get back onto the music scene.
“I approached Carl, the manager, and explained who I was and what I hope to do with my singing, and he was very supportive.
“It is the first time I have performed, and I am really looking forward to getting started and getting myself out there.”
Tickets for the event, priced £19.95, are available now from the Hedworth Hall and include a free bellini cocktail and an Italian dinner.