Festival event will showcase talent
IF you were inspired by the exploits of the finalists in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent then make sure you get involved in Peterborough’s own event.
The city’s own X Factor star Nicole Lawrence has just been announced as a judge for the Peterborough’s Youth Got Talent contest in Central Park on the opening weekend of the Peterborough Festival.
Nicole will judge the acts performing in the preliminary round on Saturday, June 26 and deciding which eight acts to send through to the final round on the Sunday.
She will then be picking the winning act on the Sunday. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire is compering the event.
The talent showcase will take centre stage at Central Park where young people from across Peterborough will be singing, dancing and playing instruments to a variety of music genres from classical to hip-hop.
Nicole said: “There are lots of talented young people in Peterborough so I’m expecting to have a tough time judging the acts. I know how nerve racking it can be performing in front of a crowd and particularly in front of judges so I will do everything I can to put all the acts at ease.” Peterborough Youth’s Got Talent
People aged 13 to 21 who would like to take part in Peterborough’s Youth Got Talent can still apply. Deadline for entries is next Friday at 5pm.
Twelve acts, selected to perform in a preliminary round on the Saturday, will be whittled down to eight for the final round on the Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.
Councillor Sheila Scott, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Last year’s event was a real success and showed just how talented some of our young people are.
“We want even more young people to take part this time round with an even more varied set of talents on show. I am sure we can find a winner as deserving as last year’s winning act, dance troupe Artistic Street Kids, who were very popular with the crowd.”
Youngsters can get involved in Peterborough’s Youth Got Talent by calling Jacqui Taylor on 01733 864500 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a full Peterborough Festival preview in The Guide in a fortnight. TICKETS are now on sale for the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra’s 20th anniversary concert.
The celebratory occasion takes place inside the majestic confines of Peterborough Cathedral on the evening of Saturday, July 3.
Orchestra chairman, Steve Osborn, said: “We intend to celebrate our anniversary in style with a performance of Beethoven’s mighty 9th symphony, The Choral and we want as many people as possible to join us.”
Joining them will be four of Peterborough’s most exciting musical societies, Cantus Polonicus, Gildenburgh Choir, Peterborough Choral Society and St Peter’s Singers.
The orchestra (CPSO) has also asked members of the public who want to sing in the choir on the night to join them - and rehearsals are now taking place.
The famous ‘Ode to Joy’ which ends the Choral Symphony is a rousing choral finale that is often regarded as the unofficial European National Anthem.
Coupled with the gritty fanfare “Arbos” by Arvo Pärt and the evocative serenity of Vaughan-William’s Tallis Fantasia for string orchestra, this concert will bring together 200 performers in what promises to be the biggest single classical music event of 2010.
Tickets are £12, with £10 concessions, and can be purchased from the Peterborough Destination Centre, 9 Bridge Street, or by calling 01733 452336. You can book online at www.cpso.org.uk. Accompanied schoolchildren (16 and under) get in free.
SPELLBOUND? Britain’s Got Talent should inspire participants in Peterborough’s festival event.