Strictly singing star's festival feedback

Peterborough's own Hayley Sanderson - the voice of Strictly Come Dancing - is to be one of the adjudicators at the Peterborough Music Festival this month.

Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 5:42 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 5:46 pm
Hayley Sanderson
Hayley Sanderson

Supported by Peterborough Music Hub, the New Youth Music Showcase is a fresh addition to the annual festival programme, to highlight the considerable skills of local young composers.

With three categories - Solo Instrumentalist, Singer Songwriter and Band/Ensemble – the competition, at Voyager Academy on Saturday, March 19, will provide a fantastic showcase of original new music.

Hayley is generally considered to be one of the finest vocalists on the London scene today and is certainly one of the most in-demand freelance singers. For the past 9 years she has been a regular singer on the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

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Her CV reads like a who’s who of music, including work with artists as diverse as Narada Michael Waldon, Nile Rodgers, Will Young, Gloria Gaynor, Bonnie Tyler, Cee Lo Green, Josh Groban, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Barry Manilow and collaborations with Gilbert O’ Sullivan, Rick Wakeman and the Swiss Harpist, Andreas Vollenweider.

Hayley’s skills and experience will ensure that all the entrants receive expert advice and encouragement across 
a range of styles and disciplines.

The deadline for entrants has been extended for a limited period only.

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The Peterborough Music Festival is back for its 92nd year, starting on Tuesday.

Performers will compete in nearly 60 classes, including singing, piano, strings, woodwind and brass.

Each competitor receives a certificate and written comments from a specialist adjudicator.

The week will finish with a Festival Finale concert on Saturday, March 19, in the Town Hall at 7.00pm.

The best performers of the week will be invited to take part in the concert, which will also include the selection of the Peterborough Young Musician of the Year 2016.

All sessions are open to the public. Admission is just £2 on the door for a full day ticket. Tickets for the Festival Finale Concert cost £3 and are available at all festival class sessions, and also on the evening itself.

March 15 : 9.30am, Strings, Town Hall.

March 16: 1 pm, Woodwind, brass and ensembles,Town Hall.

March 17: 9.30am, Recorders, Town Hall; 10.00am, School choirs, Ken Stimpson; 1 pm, Recorders, Town Hall; 5.45pm: Solo and duet singing, Town Hall.

March 18: 9.30am, Piano, Town Hall; 1 pm, Piano, Town Hall; 7 pm, Adult choirs, Voyager Academy.

March 19: 9am, Youth choirs, Voyager Academy; 2pm, New Youth Music Showcase, in association with Peterborough Music Hub, Voyager Academy; 7pm, Final Concert and Young Musician of the Year Concert, Town Hall.