SHE will be a performing veteran when she takes to the stage at next month’s Edinburgh Has Talent final – at the age of just 12.
City of Edinburgh music school pupil Saskia Eng already has a clutch of performances and a transatlantic recording under her belt, but said reaching the EHT final ranked as a special achievement.
The ambitious youngster will offer a rendition of Tina Turner’s River Deep Mountain High at the event next Friday – and said she was not phased by the challenge of delivering the vocal range and power needed to belt out one of the American pop icon’s best-known tracks.
She said: “I won a competition before with that song and it’s one I like. It’s got lots of different parts – big parts and quiet parts. I just think it’s a good song.”
Saskia, who lives with her family close to Murrayfield Stadium, began singing only a few years ago.
Yet she has achieved an incredible amount, with appearances in some of Britain’s biggest cities and in front of a 12,000-strong crowd at Tynecastle stadium.
Her performances also impressed Britain’s Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff, who tipped her for stardom when she was only nine.
Saskia’s profile soared even higher at end of last year, when her recording of You’re Not Really Gone, written by her mum and uncle, was included on an album dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre.
“Edinburgh Has Talent is just another competition really,” she said.
“But it’s good to know that I will get to perform in front of lots of people at the Festival Theatre and that if I win, I’ll get to go to the Forth One awards.”
A keen pupil at the music school, Saskia said classes in everything from voice and composition to Alexander technique and theory had prepared her well for the demands of performing.
“I would rather just do music,” she said. “The other subjects are boring.”
Saskia’s dad, Tony, 48, said finding out his daughter had made it through to the final was “great”. He said: “She just sings all the time – she’s absolutely determined.”
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