Arnside welcomes 12-year-old singer Sonya Petrova from Ukraine

ARNSIDE was serenaded by a very talented young girl from Ukraine who moved to the area with her mother.

Sonya Petrova, 12, sang a traditional Ukrainian song at the Big Jubilee Lunch held over the weekend, having arrived in the area a few months earlier.

In Ukraine, Sonya is a talented singer, who had already sung with some of their most prestigious venues in Ukraine, had moved to England six weeks ago with her mother.

She is in eighth grade in voice and piano and has recently started attending Dallam School.

Rebecca Ladell, Sonya’s godmother, welcomed her and her mother into her home after they left the country following the Russian invasion.

She said, “It was a pleasure to have them with me. We met her and her mother online before they came to live with us.

“Since she arrived, she has been receiving lessons sponsored by a professional singer named Rachel Little, who is part of the Amabile girls’ choir in Kendal.

“She is also taking piano lessons with David Battersby.

“His dream is to go on stage in London.

“We are trying to get her into Manchester Royal Northern College of Music which starts in September. She also applied for the London National Youth Music Theater Summer School. We are trying to find funds for her to leave.

“When Sonya sang, there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere. We didn’t know the words, but it got everyone emotional.

Anna Gorst from the Arnside Homes for Ukraine said: “We have seen a massive effort from the village to support our Ukrainian guests and it is amazing to have such a talented girl here.

“We have around 40 people from Ukraine. 23 have already arrived so far.

“Myself, Rebecca and David Gee are directors of our little charity, and we are in the process of registering it.

“Councillor Helen Chaffey has been very supportive and involved in all of this as well.

“Sonya’s singing was absolutely amazing and really moving. There were a lot of tears from the first bars.

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