TAL­ENT ON SHOW: Singers and dancers’ boost for hos­pice

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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.

JAZZ MODE:

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

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