The Peterborough Music Hub ‘Youth Music Awards’ recognise and celebrate the wonderful musical talent within Peterborough.
And with performances from a selection of the most talented young people currently producing work in Peterborough, the exciting and glitzy red carpet awards evening - produced and hosted by Vivacity Arts on April 30 at the Key Theatre – promises to be a memorable night for all involved.
The judging for the second annual awardshas taken place and as usual the panel was presented with difficult choices, many of the categories were a very closely fought contest.
The judges listened to lots of CDs and Mp3s as well as reading through all the supporting statements.
Geoff Ellerby, manager of the Peterborough Music Partnership said: “Once again picking the winners was not an easy decision; there was a lot of debate amongst the panel.
“We were particularly pleased to have such a variety of genres and styles this year. This is exactly what the Peterborough Music Hub is committed to cultivating and providing more of these sorts of opportunities.
The shortlisted acts are:
Best Vocalist sponsored by MEZZO
Luke has a distinctive style and image and has been heavily influenced by country artists such Johnny Cash. Despite current trends in fashion and music, Luke sticks to the style that he loves
Jericho has been dedicated to music since she was nine and started singing lessons. Jericho was accepted into the prestigious Halle Children’s choir in Manchester at the age of eleven. She is about to take her grade 8 exams and hopes to win a place to drama school and continue her studies to degree level.
India works hard to constantly improve her performance, she has aspirations of growing up and maturing as a great singer. She took the lead role in her school’s production of Miss Saigon.
Best Vocal Group
sponsored by CWS
Peterborough Young Singers
Peterborough Young Singers are committed to providing opportunities for young people to sing together to the highest standards., with members ranging from aged between 7 and 21 years old. The choir has been together since the early 1990s and is run by a group of dedicated parents who are focused on the young people’s enjoyment
The group is not only fun but also always strives to produce a very professional standard. The young people in the group have to be committed and focussed. They put on quite adventurous and complex productions and practise hard to produce an excellent standard of musical theatre.
A group of 27 members from Ken Stimpson School, they all show real dedication and enjoy singing together. They perform not only in school during assemblies, concerts and school events but also out in the community and especially in places where you would not normally expect to hear music such as Tesco and John Lewis.
Lewis has been paying the piano for some years and practises constantly. He has recently started performing and has joined an ensemble.
Emma has a love for traditional Irish music coming from her family roots. She has performed on several occasions at the school and wants to progress as a player and musician.
Atilla has been playing for just over a year and his drum teacher is already predicting great things for Atilla saying he is the most gifted and natural drummer he has taught.
Best Band/Ensemble- sponsored by Pierce Hire
Among Giants are a four piece melodic hardcore band, they are Sonny Ellwood on Vocals, Daniel Batty and Ollie Larwood on guitar and Jonny Vernal on drums. They have recorded an EP ‘Losing My Colour’ which has been well received and includes Senseless and a new song ‘End Like This’.
The Chandeliers are a folk instrumental and vocal group. They have only been together since September but have already gained a following within Voyager Academy. They are tight on harmony and acoustic instrumentation and perform not only covers but some of their own compositions.
A New Kind of Different
A New King of Different are a pop and vocal group. They have a repertoire consisting of pieces by Olly Murs, The Beatles, Oasis, Jessie J and Dappy. They are aiming to record some of their own material and hope to release a demo EP during the summer time.
Best Instrumentalist under 12
Musa Ali Khan
Musa first demonstrated a talent for drumming when he first came to school at aged 5. He is a natural performer and has an amazing affinity with his instrument despite the fact that he is yet too small to hold the Dhol round his neck
Danny Walton Brennan
Danny started his drumming 4 years ago, he is an outstanding and dedicated instrumentalist who takes his drumming seriously. Able to perform a variety of styles, Danny has even been asked to ‘dep’ in local adult bands because of his ability.
Sophie is a talented musician who is now a grade 8 pianist. She sets a wonderful example to her peers at the school showing the level of commitment necessary to become a wonderful musician. She is always willing to help other musicians in rehearsals
Best Vocalist under 12
Thomas has shown tremendous dedication over the last year performing at various events in the city including Glasshouse and the Willow Festival.
Abigail has a wonderful attitude to music. She is committed to her weekly singing lessons and enjoys singing in concerts and representing the school.
Best Young Leader
The outright winner of this category will be announced on the night.