TALENT ON SHOW: Singers and dancers’ boost for hospice
TALENTED individuals took to the stage to raise £2,500 for Michael Sobell Hospice based in Northwood. The Michael Sobell Hospice Talent Show 2015, organised by its nurse team manager Carol Weston, saw acts perform in front of a live audience and judges at Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth on Friday, October 2.
Ten acts battled for the title including a dance group, solo performers, a Bollywood dance act and a jazz quartet.
Judges on the panel were Lindsey Fealey, CEO of MSH, Terry Harding a volunteer at MSH, Laurence Garber a supporter of MSH and Kate Ross who worked at MSH as a staff nurse.
The winning act was solo singer Maria Conneely, who sang the Italian song Con te partirò.
The 17-year-old lives in Harrow and attends St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in Harrow-on-the-Hill.
She has performed in several amateur shows including playing the lead role of Annie in Annie and Glinda in Wicked, and has sung in many school concerts and other events.
She said: “I am thrilled and so pleased to have won the MSH talent show. I really like using my talent to help others. It was lovely to have won and it was for such a great cause.”
Maria hopes to go to a performing arts school to study musical theatre when she has finished her A levels.
The show was compered by Shane David-Joseph, a sixth form student at Bishopshalt School in Uxbridge, where he studies performance studies and English.
He is a member of Sharpe Academy of Theatre Arts, and has recently appeared in the West End production of The Railway Children.
The award for second
place went to 13-year-old Miriam Nyarko, who sang One Night Only from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls.
In third place was the Jazz Quintent Enartloc, students from Whitmore High School in Harrow.
All ticket sales on the night were match funded by Barclays Bank.
Enartloc perform at the Watersmeet Theatre
WINNER: Singer Maria Conneely. Below left, compere Shane DavidJoseph
n TOP SCORER: The Talent Show Judges (above) and (inset below) 13-year-old Miriam Nyarko came in second place