serving the communities of
Bingham, Cotgrave, Radcliffe-on-Trent
and the villages in The Vale
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The Vale of Belvoir
VALE’S GOT TALENT 2016
The first semi final was held at Grange Hall on Friday 21st October and 8 acts have advanced to the Grand Final on 2nd December. The acts in the final are: Tamsin Dunkley, Waves, The Barbershop Quartet, Felicity Turner, Emily Brown, David Newton, Poppy Abbott, & Sax
The second semi-final on Friday 18th November was “crammed with talent” and a further 12 acts were selected to go forward to The Grand Final. They are: Africa; Nicola Jerem; Jan Cuming; Lizzy Watts; Neon Glee; One Giants Causeway; Ria Indcox; Eliza Hill; Elle Knight; Eloise, Cerys & Sian; Charlie Fearon; Fly Dance.
The Grand Final, on Friday 2nd December presented the judges with some tough decisions. Roy Taylor (aka Vince Eager) said that he had been involved with judging at the Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club’s talent show for the last seven years and he felt that tonight’s final was probably the best ever. There’s “so much talent around and we’ll struggle to make our decision” was a comment from another judge as the four-strong panel (Roy Taylor, Jane Murray, Katy Woolley and John Holmes) left to debate the night’s performances.
Whilst they made their decision the full house was entertained by Holly Fallon, one of last year’s winning finalists.
The prizes were presented by Will Pressley, Spire Health Care, who are the main sponsor for this year’s event. The Rotary Club were most appreciative of the support from Spire Healthcare who are opening their new private hospital early in 2017. Four acts, Felicity Turner (singer), Lizzy Watts (singer and ukulele player), One Giant Causway (5-strong group), Jan Cummings (poet) were Highly Commended and presented with cheques for £50.00 leaving the top three positions to Neon Glee (close harmony group from Brooksby College) Charlie Fearon (singer / songwriter) and our 2016 winner, Eliza Hill (singer).
Jan Cummings, a poet from Bingham, was invited by John Holmes (BBC Radio Nottingham) to appear on his radio show and was strongly encouraged to publish her work;
One Giant Causeway were highly commended for their great guitar work, their song writing ability and their unity as a group;
Third place Neon Glee gave a unique performance held the audience spellbound as the used their bodies to provide the percussion and beat of their close harmony performance and were great ambassadors for Melton’s Brooksby College.
Lizzy Watts was told that her ukulele playing was faultless and she “could go far”. Roy Taylor (aka Vince Eager) likened her skills to Joe Brown and George Harrison. A real accolade!
Felicity Turner was complimented on a dramatic performance and encouraged to “keep working on an amazing voice”.
2nd place Charlie Fearon, singing his own composition, appeared to sing effortlessly and soon had the audience clapping to the beat and “just loving” his engaging performance.
Fifteen year old Eliza, from Wilford, has lived and breathed musical theatre for as long as she can remember and gave up her place in a local band to follow her preference of musical theatre. She attends The Beckett School and recently achieved an ‘A’ in GCSE Drama and is currently studying Music Technology. Every Saturday she attends the Lace Market Drama School to follow her passion. A passion, which as she performed Stephen Sondheim’s classic and demanding song “Send in The Clowns”, shone through. The judges were ecstatic about her overall performance, which was well acted, pitch perfect and sung with great clarity. “It’s a big number and you captured the emotion as you led us all through the story – you had us hook, line and sinker.” Indeed their compliments went further as they suggested that Eliza’s performance was “almost a West End performance.”
Eliza is a down to earth teenager who is extremely modest about her achievements but determined to follow her dream of a career in musical theatre. You can keep a watchful eye on her progress on her You Tube channel. When asked what she would do with her prize of £300 she thoughtfully said that she would use some of it to buy Christmas presents for her family. We just hope that she’ll also treat herself!
As is now customary, Eliza will be invited to perform at The Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club’s annual cabaret evening on Friday 16th June, when The Opera Dudes will be the main act.