Cringleford singer, Benjamin Lake, to appear on BBC1’s The Voice

A Norfolk wedding singer is hoping to boost his profile after auditioning on the latest hit television talent show.

Classically trained tenor Benjamin Lake has performed in a host of top West End stage shows, including Phantom of The Opera and Jerry Springer the Opera.

But the 33-year-old, who lives in Cringleford, near Norwich, will be seen by millions of viewers on Saturday when he appears on BBC1's The Voice.

The father-of-two said he hoped the show would open some new doors in his career after singing in front of pop stars Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue and Will.i.am in the blind auditions.

The tenor, who has sang at weddings and performed in cabaret shows across the world and the UK, said he found out about The Voice through his wife, Abi.

'For a long time people have always called me 'Ben Lake - the Voice' and my wife said this was made for me. When I went to the audition, I saw lots of people I have worked with in the past and there are some superb singers. I am in good company and everyone wants to raise their profile and I have been lucky to get my foot in the door,' he said.

Mr Lake studied at Trinity College of Music in London where he made his opera debut in the staged premier of Goldschmidt's 'Beatrice Cenci'.

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After leaving college in 1999, he won a place on the ITV prime time show Michael Barrymore's My Kind of Music. He also opened the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham with the national anthem and Jerusalem and performed in the West End production of Phantom of The Opera and Jerry Springer the Opera

He added: 'I have been very lucky and had lots of work, but I have two kids and money in this kind of business is hard to come by. I thought this would be good because it is all about the voice. There are no gimmicks or sob stories.'

Viewers can find out how he got on from 7pm on BBC1 on Saturday.

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