A TEENAGE tenor from Sedgley performed at a star-studded bash to showcase the diverse talents of people on the autistic spectrum.

Bradley Turner impressed celebrities including Jake Wood of Eastenders fame and former Gogglebox favourite George Gilbey when he took to the stage for Autism's Got Talent.

The 17-year-old performed Time to Say Goodbye at the event, held at The Mermaid Theatre, London, on Saturday (May 9).

His proud mum Sarah Walsh raved about Bradley's performance, describing him as "brilliant" and said after the show he was surrounded by people who wanted to tell him "how fantastic he was".

The young opera singer, who is currently studying performing arts at Dudley College, is no stranger to the stage.

Bradley's talent started to shine through when he attended Sutton Special School and he then started having singing lessons to hone his skills.

In December last year, he reached the grand final of the Star Youth talent competition in Walsall and often sings at events to raise awareness for autism.

However, the rising star said he thought his performance at Autism's Got Talent was "the greatest yet" as he was singing in the capital city for the first time.

He continued: "I feel like the reaction I received was almost earth trembling, which made me feel quite happy and satisfied with my performance.”

Event organiser and autism campaigner, Anna Kennedy OBE said the show aimed to give people with autism a safe and secure environment to express and perform, without fear of being judged or criticised.

She continued: "Autism’s Got Talent is one of a kind, and is extremely poignant to those with autism and their families. Those involved can have fun, do what they love, make friends and be themselves, and have one night which is all about them.

“It is all too often said that people with disabilities aren’t capable of very much, and they are unable to rise about the challenges that they are faced.

"Not only are these talented, amazing individuals proving their critics wrong, they are also having fun and achieving so much.”