Olympic dream for singer Matthew

Matthew Pitchforth from Spen Valley Sports College, has been selected for the 150 strong choir to sing at the opening ceremony at the Olympics. (d06061106)
Matthew Pitchforth from Spen Valley Sports College, has been selected for the 150 strong choir to sing at the opening ceremony at the Olympics. (d06061106)

A YOUNG singer is set to perform in front of a billion people after he was selected for the choir for the London 2012 Olympics.

Matthew Pitchforth, 15, has been performing in public for less than a year after getting up in front of pubgoers to sing karaoke last October.

But the talented Spen Valley Sports College pupil, who has joined Huddersfield Youth Choral Society, has already hit the big time after being selected to perform at the historical event next July.

He said: “When I found out I had been chosen I was thrilled. The first time I ever sang was on karaoke at my uncle’s pub, the Railway in Drighlington. I wanted to carry on singing and I joined the Huddersfield Youth Choral Society. It took off from there.”

Matthew, who also plays saxophone and piano, said he had wanted to be in the army in the future but had changed his mind and decided to pursue a musical career.

He said: “I want to be a performer, to stand on stage and entertain people. It is an overwhelming feeling – it’s amazing.

“I used to get nervous but now I am used to the atmosphere and I look forward to the applause at the end. I like how free you are – when you sing, you do whatever you want. I like Michael Bublé stuff. My dream is to be a singer like him.”