ESP’s Mikey Clarke interviews two tremendously talented twins who prove they’ve got ‘The Voice’…
I always feel very proud of our city when watching local talent on the television. Louis Smith, David Proud, Warwick Davis, Luke Pasqualino and Aston Merrygold are just a few of the names that show Peterborough definitely has talent.
The most recent home-grown talent to make it onto our screens, are identical twins Hannah and Naomi Moxon from Longthorpe. Together the 19 year-old girls perform as Classical Reflection and appeared on the hit BBC talent series The Voice on Saturday January 17.
For those who haven’t seen the show, The Voice is a singing competition that begins with ‘blind’ auditions. The four judges – Ricky Wilson, Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones plus new judge (and ESP’s January issue cover star) Rita Ora –listen to the contestants in chairs with their backs to the stage so that they can’t see them, then press a button and swivel round if they like the sound of them. If more than one coach presses their button, the contestant chooses the judge he or she wants to work with.
So, did a celebrity judge turn around for Classical Reflection? Yes! Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson turned. During my chat with the girls, they described that moment as, “A huge surprise. We weren’t actually expecting anybody to turn around. Because we’re classical singers, we didn’t know if our style would be to the judges’ taste. We were genuinely overwhelmed when Ricky turned around.” I wondered which judge they would have chosen if all of them had turned around. “We honestly don’t know” they told me. “Even before going on the show we spoke about who we’d choose if everyone turned around and we just couldn’t decide.”
Hannah and Naomi are familiar faces locally as they went to Ormiston Bushfield Academy, make local singing appearances and also teach singing too. Plus of course, they’re pretty distinctive! But apart fro being identical twins the girls told me they’re also what’s known as mirror twins.
“Everything is opposite,” they explained. “We write with different hands, and even growing up, our teeth used to fall out on opposite sides. When we look at each other, it’s like looking in a mirror.”
Round two of The Voice is the Battle Round, where judges put two of their own team members together to compete against each other. The twins told me, “We’re very nervous about it because we’re not really competitive people. We’re hoping that whoever we’re paired with isn’t going to be overly competitive because that may throw us off a little.”
What does the future hold for the singers? “Hopefully one day we’ll get a recording deal. We’d love to perform at the Royal Albert Hall and generally, we just want to be happy. We currently teach children singing and would love to continue to do so.”
The Voice airs on BBC One every Saturday. Keep watching to support the Peterborough twins during the Battle Round. Go Team Ricky!
Watch my full chat with the girls on our video below, plus footage of their recent performance. [youtube id=”yvtYTT-0j5U” width=”600″ height=”350″] [youtube id=”JlLrY4jrsWE” width=”600″ height=”350″]
Photos: The Voice – BBC PICTURES/WALL TO WALL, ESP shoot by Andy Vernum @ Studio One
Video: Mitchell Brewster Media for ESP Magazine