As part of the ST. George’s Day celebrations, inSwindon BID company want to recognise the best talent Swindon has got to offer! The Finalists have now been chosen and the final is THIS Saturday 23rd April at Wharf Green.
The winner of the competition will be chosen on the day by our talent spotting judges and will receive a fantastic prize – the chance to perform at the Swindon Town Centre Christmas Lights Switch on’ – which is attended by over 10,000 people. You will also receive £250 worth of shopping vouchers to spend in the town centre.
Schedule for the ST George’s Day Event:
· 11am Official Opening of the ST George’s Day – Wharf Green.
· ‘LIVE’ Bands on stage, ST. George and his dragon, Court Jester, Punch & Judy, crafts and face painting and lots more!
· 11.45am: The Parade: Meeting at the Town Hall, Cenotaph. The Parade will commence at 12 noon, don’t forget to come along in fancy dress and bring your English flag!
· 2-4pm: The ‘BEST’ of Swindon Talent Competition – Wharf Green
· 4-5pm: ‘LIVE’ Bands on stage
· 5pm – the event closes
Di Powell, inSwindon BID Manager, said: “St George’s Day gives us a great opportunity to celebrate in the town centre, whether you’re seeking the great English breakfast, best of shopping or a free family fun day out then head for the town centre this St George’s Day.
“We are also delighted to be hosting the ‘Best of Swindon’ talent show as part of the day’s activities, the competition is aimed at giving Swindon people of all ages a unique opportunity to showcase their skills and talents. We might even find the next Jahmene!”
Please come along and support your favourite acts!
Meet the 8 Finalists…
Age: 22 Occupation: Hugo Boss Manager
“I got sent the talent competition link via a friend. I thought this would be a good opportunity to raise my profile. I am so excited about being one of the finalists for the best of Swindon Talent competition. This has been such a great this year, recently I was offered a full scholarship at Laine Theatre Arts, starting this September. I really do believe that you should never give up on something you want in life, no matter how long or hard you have to work at it”.
Joely & Wilmore
Age: 27 Occupation: Carer
“I am ecstatic about being in the final, this has really made my week! I am a Swindon girl and I want to put Swindon back on the map. Currently I am working on putting together a R&B Soul Band and we are producing some great material, hopefully everyone will like the new tracks. I would love to be the winner of the best of Swindon”.
Age: 32 Occupation: Businesss Consultant
“I haven’t performed on the Swindon scene for a long time. Getting the call to say I’m in the final has really inspired me to get back out there again and reinvigorated my passion for entertaining! I want to make my family and children proud of me. I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but I’m definitely going to give Swindon a great show”.
Julie Scotts Academy: Rock and Roll Dance Group
Teachers: Deena Lovegrove & Shona Loveday
“We are so proud of our all students; always working hard at rehearsals and performances! They have always wanted to perform at the Christmas lights switch on, winning this would make their dreams come true. The students can’t wait to perform this Saturday and we want to thank family and friends for their support”.
The Dance Group includes:
Isla Clements, Lucie Davis, Molly Lovegrove, Casey James, Sarah Clem, Lucy Jones, Marlee Ferguson, Meghan McNamee, Chloe Crawford, Kayleigh Luker, Samantha Millard, Laura Spink, Clarissa Lomax and Rebecca Clark.
Age: 34 Occupation: Business owner
“I really wasn’t expecting this; it was such a shock to find out! Couple of years ago I queued up for X Factor and chickened out at the last minute. This time, I want to prove to myself that I can do it. My family mean so much to me! My husband and four children will be all there on the day, supporting me. I would love to win this – singing makes me feel so happy!”
Age: 12 School: Isambard Community School
Phoebe’s Mum Michelle said:
“ My daughter was so excited to be chosen as one of the finalists, she started jumping for joy. There doesn’t seem to be any limits to her talent. She enjoys everything – arts, media, writing, and making YouTube videos. Phoebe also does a lot work for charity including: Type-1 diabetes. We are so proud of her, she is amazing.”
Age: 9 School: St. Francis Primary School
Lilia’s Mum Beckie said:
“We couldn’t believe it when we got told Lilia got through to the public vote. On Facebook she received so many lovely messages of support and the voting reached over 280 likes. Singing means everything to Lilia, she is currently taking singing lessons and loves every minute. We are thrilled, but also nervous for the finals this Saturday”.
Nathan J Carpenter
Age: 18 College: New College, Music Production
“Over a year ago I got through to the auditions for the Open Mic Competition and enjoyed it so much! I thought, why not enter the best of Swindon, no harm in trying! I was so surprised to get to the final! I would love to work in the music industry in the future – hopefully one day become famous”.