Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 17 (2) Ignacy Jan Paderewski
29 April 2014, 22:35
Making his Classic FM Live debut this evening is the 12-year-old choirboy sensation Jack Topping. He speaks to Jane Jones about the pressure of performing on such a big stage.
Since becoming Decca's youngest ever signing in 2013, it's been a roller coaster ride for the young boy soprano. He's already become the face of Save The Children's Christmas campaign, visited South Africa and recorded a debut album - and tonight he makes his debut at Classic FM Live.
Tonight, he's singing the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic 'You'll Never Walk Alone', an iconic song if ever there was one. But it's all part of a whirlwind that has seen young Jack become a public concern. As he told Classic FM's Jane Jones, as Royal Northern Sinfonia rehearse Tchaikovsky's cannon-fuelled 1812 Overture in the Royal Albert Hall upstairs: "It was amazing, it was unbelievable. Sometimes I heard myself on Classic FM and sometimes I saw myself on the TV and thought, is that really me?! It's weird when you see yourself or hear yourself on radio or TV, but it's just great to be a part of that event."
Despite his new-found fame, Jack reveals he's still pretty self-critical. He may have performed in front of the Queen and at a remembrance concert for the Hillsborough disaster, but he'll be pinching himself for a while yet.