Fes­ti­val event will show­case tal­ent

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - The Guide -

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 jac­que­line.tay­lor@peter­bor­ough.gov.uk

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.

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