Recognising Peterborough’s young talent at Youth Music Awards

Colin Smith, of Sponsor CWS, wth the Best Vocal Group award winners KYGlee.
Colin Smith, of Sponsor CWS, wth the Best Vocal Group award winners KYGlee.
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The second annual Peterborough Music Hub Youth Music Awards took place at the Key Theatre last week and was attended by music organisations working within the city as well as the performers who had been shortlisted for the seven categories and their families. 

This glitzy red carpet event is built from a vision to shine the spotlight on and promote musicians in the local area.

Among Giants Band, winner of Best Band receive their award from Shaun Pierce of Pierce Hire

Among Giants Band, winner of Best Band receive their award from Shaun Pierce of Pierce Hire

The judges were excited by the variety of genres nominated proving that Peterborough with its ever expanding musical population and diversity has a rich selection of original talent.

The evening included live performances from Francesca Rossetti, Lydia Cochrane, KY Glee, Dhol Ensemble and Matt Howard.

Geoff Ellerby, manager of the Peterborough Music 
Partnership said: “Picking the winners is never easy; it was as always a hard-fought contest. The award ceremony fulfilled its promise by giving recognition and credit to these young people. Peterborough Music Hub is committed to cultivating and nurturing that talent.”

The evening finished with an After Party Jam Night compered by previous winner Xidus Payne and DJ Alice J with fabulous performances by Calma & Amy, Asha, Imran, Sam and Flyn, Claudia and Bob.

Joint winners of Best Instrumentalist, Emma Benetto and Lewis Chadwick receive their award with compere Kev Lawrence from Heart FM.

Joint winners of Best Instrumentalist, Emma Benetto and Lewis Chadwick receive their award with compere Kev Lawrence from Heart FM.

The categories and winners were: Best soloist/vocalist won by Jericho Taylor, Best Instrumental Group, Among Giants Band, Best Instrumentalist, two winners, Emma Benetto and Lewis Chadwick, Best Vocal Group KY Glee, Best Young Leader was Matt Howard, Best under 12 Vocalist was Thomas Dunleavy and Best under 12 Instrumentalist was won by Danny Walton Brennan.

(All Photos by Dan Donovan)

Matt Howard, winner of Best Young Leader receives his award from Cllr Casey

Matt Howard, winner of Best Young Leader receives his award from Cllr Casey

Thomas Dunleavy's dad receives the award  for Best under 12 Vocalist on Thomas's behalf from Brad Barnes from the Peterborough Telegraph

Thomas Dunleavy's dad receives the award for Best under 12 Vocalist on Thomas's behalf from Brad Barnes from the Peterborough Telegraph

Danny Walton Brennan, winner of Best Instrumentalist receives his award from Martin Chilcott

Danny Walton Brennan, winner of Best Instrumentalist receives his award from Martin Chilcott

31- Jericho Taylor, receives Best Vocalist Award from Claire Hardy from Vivacity

31- Jericho Taylor, receives Best Vocalist Award from Claire Hardy from Vivacity