Young Crawley singer cries with joy after ovation at the Royal Albert Hall


A 15-year-old girl burst into tears on stage at the Royal Albert Hall after thousands gave her choir a standing ovation.

Eleanor Taylor, of Ruskins Close, Pound Hill, who attends Hazelwick School, sang Bring Me Sunshine as part of the Rays of Sunshine Choir in front of an audience of 5,000 on May 7.

She said: “At the end of the song everyone stood up and I just burst into tears because I was so overwhelmed with the response.

“Not many people get the chance to stand on the stage and have that response from the audience.”

The performance was part of charity Rays of Sunshine’s annual concert.

Eleanor shared the stage with a number of celebrities and made small talk with British rapper Professor Green, who she was particularly excited about meeting.

She said: “We had our own dressing room alongside theirs and they came back stage to see us.

“We got our hair and make up done and got to see sound check, I was really excited.”

Eleanor underwent six open heart surgeries and a heart transplant after she contracted meningitis in 2007.

She was asked to make a wish by the charity after she had the transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, in December 2008.

Eleanor said: “I wished to meet Leona Lewis. It was lovely because you were able to take your mind off hospital, medicine and doctors.”

Eleanor’s operation was a success and she got to meet the winner of The X Factor 2006 at the Emirates Stadium in London in June 2009. Eleanor said: “I was just asking her questions. I remember it being a really good day for me.”

Eleanor was invited to record Bring me Sunshine as part of the Rays of Sunshine Choir at the Abbey Road studios in London in October 2013.

She said: “I was up for it totally. It was amazing to be in such a historical building where The Beatles had recorded.”

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