G4's Lewis Raines heads back to Blackpool and The Fylde College

Students at a Blackpool college have received a talk from a top singer.

Friday, 1st March 2019, 3:50 pm
Updated Friday, 1st March 2019, 4:57 pm
Lewis Raines returned to Blackpool and the Fylde College

Lewis Raines, from the operatic X Factor chart-topping group G4, returned to his home town in a bid to inspire teenagers at Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC).

The Lytham-born tenor graduated from the college with a Musical Theatre degree in 2011.

He went on to train as an opera singer at The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.

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Lewis Raines returned to Blackpool and the Fylde College

Lewis, reflecting on his time at B&FC during a workshop with current students, said:

“I was able to gain a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance because of the valuable training at B&FC. The staff gave me a real experience of the work ethic and discipline required to become a professional performer.

“ I am really excited to return to Blackpool today to speak to the students and meet up with the fantastic tutors who inspired me to pursue my career path.”

Lewis added: “I loved it, this place was amazing. It’s just such a good community, such a special place. I have dyslexia and when I came to B&FC I was so lucky to have all the learning support I did. I was given an hour of support every week to work on my essays and dissertations and without that I probably would have failed, so a massive thank you to all those people who helped me.”

Lewis joined the four-piece last summer after one of the original members, Ben Thapa, left to pursue his career as a solo opera singer with the Welsh National Opera. Since joining G4, Lewis has performed in two extensive UK tours.