HE’S enjoyed a whirlwind 12 months and now tuneful teen opera singer Tom Loughlin has been accepted into one of the UK’s most prestigious music schools.
The 16-year-old tenor, the son of ex-Saints star Paul Loughlin, has not only wowed thousands of locals with his stunning voice, but also the bigwigs at Manchester’s Chetham’s School of Music - where he is due to start in September.
This time last year Tom was relatively unknown, but, following a stunning performance at Haydock Male Voice Choir’s annual concert, he has honed his voice at numerous big public functions.
He said: “It’s been a brilliant year and to be accepted into Chetham’s is just the icing on the cake. It’s an amazing opportunity and will, hopefully, open lots of doors for me in the future.
“I was so happy when I found out I’d got in because you have to be really, really good. I had to do three auditions and, at first, I wasn’t sure I’d done enough.
“I just can’t wait to get started now. It’s really exciting. I’m going to be living there during the week too, which will be a massive change.”
Tom, of Langholme Road, Garswood, first came to the public’s attention when performing Nessun Dorma and Time To Say Goodbye at Haydock Male Voice Choir’s concert at St Helens Town Hall.
Since then, he has performed in Les Miserables at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and sung at the town’s festive lights switch-on.
At Chetham’s, Tom is set to study A-levels in English, music and drama, and will focus on singing and playing the piano as part of the music programme.
He added: “This year has been really memorable. Now I’d love to go on to make my own albums or go into musical wtheatre.”
Tom’s proud dad Paul said: “I knew Tom had ability but I thought it would be really hard for him to get in. They really put him through his paces.
“It was pretty daunting hearing all the other kids practicing - it’s like a different world - but Tom did really well. We’re all made up for him. He works really hard and is a pleasant lad, which, as a dad, is all you can ask for.”