Sheffield stars are ones to watch in 2015

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Three talented Sheffielders have scooped fellowships with top arts organisations to help them build on their skills.

Folk singer Rosie Hood, writer Stacey Sampson and circus performer Rebecca Lyon have each been selected as Ones to Watch in 2015.

Each arts organisation receives a £10,000 grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, which will enable them to offer professional support, training and development opportunities to each of the Sheffield winners.

Rosie’s fellowship is with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, while Rebecca’s is with Jacksons Lane in London and Stacey’s with Tutti Frutti in Leeds.

Rebecca said: “The year ahead will see me acquiring invaluable inside knowledge of the ‘real world’ of performing arts and making contacts that I may never meet otherwise.

“With the help of the Jacksons Lane team I will be able to explore which area of creating circus I’d like to focus in on in my future.

“Moving to London and living in a creative hub will be life changing in its own way as there is no better place to find circus in the UK than in London.”

The Sheffield women are among 32 recipients across the country.