BUSK­ING TAL­ENT: Re­al­ity TV star launches com­pe­ti­tion

Mu­si­cian ap­pears at intu to launch com­pe­ti­tion

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BRI­TAIN’S Got Tal­ent star James Smith kicked off the search for Hilling­don’s Busker of the Year on Satur­day.

The en­ter­tainer got shop­pers singing along at intu Uxbridge and en­cour­aged the bor­ough’s undis­cov­ered tal­ent to step into the lime­light and show what they can do.

The shop­ping cen­tre is of­fer­ing a prize pack­age worth more than £500, in­clud­ing a record­ing ses­sion with lo­cal stu­dio RnR, to the best lo­cal act, who will be de­cided by the public through an on­line vote.

Any as­pir­ing mu­si­cians, per­form­ers and singers who think they have what it takes can en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion by send­ing a short clip to uxbridge. in­for­ma­tion@intu.co.uk with the sub­ject #BuskerOfTheYear and a short bi­og­ra­phy about them­selves.

Craig Hig­gins, mar­ket­ing manager at intu Uxbridge, said: “Our Busker of the Year com­pe­ti­tion kicked off with a bang on Satur­day.

“James Smith was a huge hit with shop­pers and en­ter­tained them through­out the day with his in­cred­i­ble voice.

“We hope his per­for­mance has in­spired mem­bers of the public to pick up a mi­cro­phone and en­ter our com­pe­ti­tion to find the next star.”

The com­pe­ti­tion launch on March 21 was timed to co­in­cide with Na­tional Learn to Play Day, which en­cour­aged mem­bers of the public to learn a new mu­si­cal in­stru­ment.

Pupils from Bishop-Win­ning­ton In­gram Pri­mary School, in Ruis­lip, went along to show off their tal­ents, and they also had a go on the gi­ant floor pi­ano.

The search for the Busker of the Year will con­tinue through­out the year. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.intu.co.uk/uxbridge.

Con­trib­uted

TUNE UP: Bri­tain s Got Tal­ent star James Smith shows off his busk­ing skills, while chil­dren, in­clud­ing pupils from Bishop-Win­ning­ton In­gram Pri­mary School, also get a chance to air their tal­ents

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