Peterborough twins sing to spin the stars on The Voice
by Paul Grinnell firstname.lastname@example.org
Talented Peterborough singing twins will be hoping they can make the stars’ heads turn when they perform on TV’s hit show The Voice.
Nineteen-year-olds Hannah and Naomi Moxon, from Longthorpe, face the longest 10 minutes of their lives when they audition in front of some of the best known names in the pop world.
The twins, who perform under the name of Classical Reflection, will be hoping to wow judges who include the legendary Sir Tom Jones, lead singer with the Kaiser Chiefs, Ricky Wilson, rapper Will.i.Am and new judge singer and actress Rita Ora.
The aim is to perform so well that the judges, who sit with backs to the contestants, turn round and agree to mentor the contestant in a bid to win the contest and become The Voice of 2015.
The twins’ audition in Manchester has already been filmed and will be aired in the second episode of the new series on Saturday, 17 January. The first episode takes place this Saturday (10 January) on BBC 1 at 7pm.
Hannah said: “We are sworn to secrecy about the outcome.
“But we were over the moon with our performance.
“I cannot say what we sang but obviously it reflected our preferred classical genre.
“It was scary knowing that really we were performing in front of a TV audience.”
The pair have been singing for audiences in Peterborough for years and have performed at concerts, corporate events, weddings, garden parties and opening ceremonies.
But Hannah said: “We were really nervous. When we walked out on stage it was so quiet - I could almost hear my heart thumping.
“There was no music and, of course, the judges are sitting there but with their backs to us.
“The audience was lovely and supportive - everyone wanted us to do well.”
The pair, who are former pupils of the Ormiston Bushfield Academy, have been singing together since they were two years old.
They have been classically trained and have performed professionally for more than three years.
Hannah said: “We applied ages ago to take part in The Voice.
“It is our favourite show. We have watched it every single year it has been out but never thought we’d be on it.
“It was an overwhelming experience.”
When asked about their favourite judge, the pair refused to be drawn.
Naomi said: “The judges were all lovely and supportive. It was great to meet them and they each gave us a big hug.
“They were shocked to find we were identical twins - they were not expecting that.”
Now after their day with the stars, the pair have to settle back into their normal routine. They spend much of their time holding singing lessons at a primary school and hope to stage a concert in April.
I hope they do well. I've wished them good luck on their Facebook page and they've replied!
LOCAL TWINS SET TO BE TWICE AS GOOD ON THE VOICE January 12, 2015
Identical twins from Longthorpe hit our screens on Saturday as they audition for hit BBC talent series The Voice.
The 19 year-olds, Hannah and Naomi Moxon from Longthorpe, who perform as Classical Reflection, will be seen singing for judges Ricky Wilson, Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and new judge (and ESP cover star) Rita Ora on Saturday January 17.
The girls will be hoping to see those famous red chairs spin round to make it through and realise their dreams.
“We’re really excited to watch our episode on TV,” enthused Hannah who told ESP she and her sister Naomi will be watching at home with family and friends.
The two confess they’ve always loved singing and even started their own childrens’ choir at St Botolph’s Church when they were just 7 years-old. Since then they went on to study at Ormiston Bushfield Academy where they gave their first public performance at a school open evening. The girls now teach singing to other youngsters and stage local events.
ESP was so excited about the start of the new series of The Voice that we featured new judge Rita Ora on our January cover. The show’s already seen two other great Peterborough singers perform in previous seasons with Murray Hockridge making it through a couple of years ago before losing out in the battle rounds and last year saw talented singer/songerwriter John Quinn audition but sadly he didn’t get through (although we all think he should have!) so it’s great to see even more city talent getting national profile.
The girls perform what they call ‘classical crossover’ – there’s no doubt it’s a harder genre to succeed with on shows like The Voice.
“Going in we weren’t confident they would like the style,” confessed Hannah, “but it’s our favourite TV show. We decided to apply on the spur of the moment which is unlike us but just thought we would take the risk.
“We were overwhelmed – it was such a lovely experience on every level. It’s so quiet though when you walk out on stage, we were terrified! During the day we were so busy we sort of forgot about that part but all the team there are just great.”
Whatever the outcome on Saturday the girls are hoping Peterborough people will support them so make sure you tune in and see how Classical Reflection get on. Will the buttons get pressed? We certainly hope so!