Music-lover Jack to take to London stage for contest
A Bury St Edmunds man will pay homage to those who fought and died in WWI tonight after being chosen as a finalist in a national talent competition.
Jack Mitchell, of Acacia Avenue, will take to the stage at the Mermaid Theatre in London at this year’s Autism’s Got Talent contest.
The 21-year-old will treat the audience to a rendition of his own song, Where The Poppies Fall, which he wrote in memory of those who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. He will also be playing the acoustic guitar.
Jack’s dad, Darren, said: “Jack sent in an audition video of himself singing that song. It’s a great song and since it’s the 100th anniversary of the end of the war this year, it seemed an appropriate one for him to perform.”
Although this is Jack’s first time competing in this particular competition, he is no stranger to the stage. Jack, who studies music at West Suffolk College, also competed in last year’s Bury’s Got Talent.
He will be one of 19 acts, all living with autism, to take to the stage to showcase their talents and break the stigma around the condition.
“Jack has a passion for music. When we got him guitar lessons, he just took to it straight away,” said Darren.
“He’s quite a quiet boy but when he’s on stage he comes alive. I’ve watched him at college and I really enjoy it. It’s just music music music constantly. It brings out something in him.”