Getting up on stage and singing in front of an audience would have most people feeling nervous. However, for Daniel Docherty, it was a chance to shine.
The 19-year-old, who has autism, took to the stage in London to raise awareness of autism. The young singer is from Kilkenny, Ireland, and travelled all the way to The Mermaid Theatre in Blackfriars to participate in the Autism’s Got Talent Show after discovering the event on Facebook.
In a video posted from the event, Daniel completely transforms while performing an emotional rendition of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables.
He said: “It was one of the best times of my life, I loved performing.”Anna Kennedy who runs Autism Got Talent was so helpful and was so nice.”
The yearly event, Autism’s Got Talent was created by Anna Kennedy and began in 2012. It showcases the amazingly talented performances of adults and children with autism spectrum disorder.
Daniel is currently studying Psychology at Waterford Institute of Technology, but he says he is very passionate about singing and aspires to be a famous singer one day.
“I started singing for myself when I was about four or five-years-old, when I was about 14,” he said. “I sang in a local contest and started
One viewer says “Incredible! The tone to your voice is absolutely beautiful and I had insane goosebumps”.
Daniel says that it is good the video has received such praise as it shows there is no limit to what autistic people can achieve.
He said: “I’m extremely happy to get a lot of positive reviews, I think it’s good that from this video people are recognising people with autism spectrum disorders can have talent and do positive things.”
The aspiring singer hopes that people will be more understanding and accepting of people with autism through his video.
“My main goal is to spread awareness about people with autism spectrum disorders,” Daniel said. “I want people to have more patience with autistic people or to not make fun of people who are eccentric because of their autism.”