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Young Greenwich member opens up for Autumn Sherif and Louisa Johnson at The O2

Friday 25th May 2018

After months of searching for young talent across the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the London Borough of Bexley and Kent, and weeks of preparation and days of commitment, the winners of Perform 2018 gave the crowd a show at the 25th Anniversary Concert in aid of Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) concert at indigo at The O2.

On Friday 18 May, the acts performed in front of a buzzing crowd of over 2,480 people, headlined by X Factorwinner Louisa Johnson and featuring singer/songwriter Autumn Sherif.

Receiving their all-star experience from £100 worth of Primark’s collection to a personal backstage dressing room, the acts on the night were duo Rachael and Elizabeth, solo artist Clè, and Young Greenwich member Shania, from Woolwich Common youth hub. 

The eventful day started with soundchecks at indigo at The O2, where Shania joined other acts in preparation for the show. Building the excitement for the night, Shania had the opportunity to meet Autumn and Louisa backstage in her dressing room before being introduced by presenter Dave Berry, a CACT Ambassador. 

Prior to the show, Shania sat down in her own dressing room, preparing for the night ahead:

“This is a good chance that is hopefully going to take me somewhere. I’m scared but in a good way,” Shania said.

Shania (18) performed three songs including a cover of ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse on stage, spreading the positivity and excitement to everyone in the crowd where her family, friends and youth club members also joined. Styled in her favourite hand-picked outfit sponsored by Primark, she gave the crowd a fantastic show opening up for Autumn and Louisa.

Following Shania’s brilliant performance, Autumn was next to grace the stage. Joined by her live band, she was back performing in front of the lively crowd including her previous youth workers and mentors from Woolwich Common youth hub whom she was reunited with after the show.

Performing for CACT for the third time including when she auditioned herself, Autumn said:

“It was incredible. I was here auditioning four years ago and since then I’ve been trying to push myself to be something. A year later I go to The Voice and it exposed me to so many people and introduced me to the world of entertainment. I’m so grateful and I’m so happy.

“It’s amazing to know that they [the performers] can push themselves as far as they can. To give that help, that platform to inspire them, I know how disheartening it can be when you’re young. If I can give them that, it makes me feel fulfilled with what I’m doing.”

The night ended amazingly with Louisa Johnson closing the show. Performing a number of covers and songs including her latest single ‘YES’, Louisa entertained the guests as they celebrated 25 years of the community programme.

Young Greenwich thanks everyone involved on this special night including CACT, Primark and the youth hubs for giving young people the opportunity to have this experience.