Any dream will do... Orpington youngster overcomes bullies to go viral singing alongside Donny Osmond
PUBLISHED: 11:26 03 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:00 06 February 2017
More than 600,000 people have watched Matthew English on stage
An inspiring youngster who has overcome a hearing disability to achieve internet success by performing alongside Donny Osmond.
Hundreds of thousands of people have watched Matthew English, from Chelsfield, near Orpington, perform live on stage in Brighton.
The performance means all the more to the 11-year-old’s mum who said the Knole Academy student had a ‘couple of rough months’.
The 11-year-old has microtia atresia, meaning he was born with no ear or ear canal and suffers from hearing loss.
Since 2012 the keen footballer has raised more than £6,000 for The Hearing Fund UK - a charity which granted him one to one music tuition and inspired his talent on the violin.
But since joining secondary school Matthew has had a tough time.
Mum, Janice English, said: “I bought the tickets as a surprise as he had a couple of rough months at school, it’s challenging looking different and everyone coming up to you asking why you’re wearing a hearing aid.
“Then in October he had a nasty accident and broke his elbow which meant he couldn’t play football or violin which he loves.”
But the Year Seven student’s luck was about to change when his mum took him to see Donny Osmond at the Brighton Centre, as the 59-year-old singer invited Matthew on stage to sing with him.
Inspired by the first song he could play on violin, the youngster chose to sing Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - and even got to wear the iconic dreamcoat on stage.
“Matthew used to dress up in the coat when he was younger, which made it even more emotional for me,” added Ms English.
The singer later posted the performance on his Facebook page, adding: “It was one of the coolest moments ever when 11-year-old Matthew English joined me on stage to sing “Any Dream Will Do.”
“He’s been singing it ever since he was about 5 and plays the violin to it as well.
“He reminds me of my grandson Dylan, this was pretty special.”
Since then the video has been viewed more 600,000 times.