A SINGER who grew up in Bookham has spoken of her delight at performing in front of thousands of football fans at Wembley Stadium on Monday.
Natalie Coyle, 25, sang the national anthem at the home of football for the Championship play-off final which saw Crystal Palace beat Watford in extra-time to secure a place in the Premier League.
It was her second time at Wembley, having sung the national anthem to 50,000 people at the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.
Speaking to the Advertiser, the former St Theresa’s School pupil said: “It’s hard to explain what it feels like to walk out in front of 90,000 people who are screaming, cheering and clapping.
“It was completely terrifying at first but then when I started to sing and everyone joined in with me, the buzz was fantastic.
“The atmosphere in the stadium was electrifying which wasn’t surprising given what was at stake for both teams and overall it was just an unbelievable experience.”
She added: “Both times I have sung at Wembley there has been sunshine so I have been very lucky and it just feels like I’ve been living a dream recently.”
The performance at Wembley came after she sang the national anthem at the home of Queen’s Park Rangers FC, Loftus Road, for a celebrity football match which raised cash for a Cystic Fibrosis charity last Tuesday.
She then sang God Save the Queen at a celebrity soccer six football tournament at the Madejski Stadium, the home of Reading FC on Sunday.
Miss Coyle continued: “A year ago I was wondering if anything was ever going to happen for me but it’s been a terrific year with me.”
The 25-year-old has also been appointed patron for Breathe Arts Health Research, a partner to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, the largest NHS Charity in the UK.
It has also been announced Miss Coyle will sing at a Mad Hatters’ Tea Cabaret on June 26 which will be raising money for Tadworth-based charity The Children’s Trust.
The 25-year-old is also gearing up to perform at Epsom Playhouse tonight.
Miss Coyle, who has sung with the likes of Susan Boyle and Katherine Jenkins, is currently touring the country with Classic BRIT Award winners Blake.
Tickets are still available to see Miss Coyle and Blake at the Epsom Playhouse. Call the box office on 01372 742555.