Marie’s Soul Train on track for Pitch Per­fect

Ash­ford vo­cal­ist in star turn at new BBC tal­ent show for choirs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Kristina Cur­tis

An Ash­ford singer re­vealed her vo­cal ta­lents to the na­tion this week on a new BBC tal­ent show for choirs.

Twenty-two-year-old Marie Kemp per­formed with her group Soul Train, on BBC1’s Pitch Bat­tle on Satur­day, June 24.

The new show was in­spired by the the hit film Pitch Per­fect, which fea­tures a school teen loner who joins an un­likely mix of tal­ented singers to en­ter a choir com­pe­ti­tion.

The BBC’s TV ver­sion sees choirs per­form­ing in front of an all-star judg­ing panel, helped by some men­tor­ing from eke Sharon, the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor of the Pitch Per­fect movies.

Ev­ery week, six vo­cal groups have to per­form a se­ries of tricky vo­cal chal­lenges – of­ten out of their com­fort zone – be­fore one group is sent through to the fi­nals.

Marie, from near West­well, is a pro­fes­sional ac­tress and teacher at Ash­ford’s Showbiz Academy, where stu­dents have gone to ap­pear in shows such as EastEn­ders, Priscilla Queen of The Desert and Law and Or­der.

Soul Train beat their di­rect op­po­si­tion, the City Academy Song­birds, and got to the fi­nal three of their episode, but nar­rowly missed out on a place in the grand fi­nal, which will be shown in the next few weeks.

Marie said: “The ex­pe­ri­ence was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. A per­sonal high­light was work­ing with Deke Sharon. He has such an en­thu­si­as­tic per­son­al­ity. His pep talks were so in­spir­ing.

“An­other thing was how sup­port­ive ev­ery­one was,” she added. “We got re­ally close to the other groups, which I didn’t ex­pect. No-one was against each other. It was lovely.

“Also, our so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­ity has been in­sane since the show. Our vo­cal coach is now try­ing to get per­for­mances and other events ar­ranged.”

Marie Kemp, above, turned in an im­pres­sive per­for­mance with her group Soul Train, right

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