Monday, July 3, 2017
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Shakespeare Primary School has been crowned Last Choir Singing 2017 County Winner – winning Lancashire’s foremost school singing competition title at the Grand Final event held at King George’s Hall on 16 June.
Over 2,000 singers from 70 school choirs entered the competition this year in heats, which took place across the County. Eleven finalists were whittled down from six heats to make it to the Grand Final. Shakespeare Primary School from Fleetwood, who took part in the Fylde and North Lancashire heat, beat the ten other finalist choirs to achieve the highly coveted prize in a very close competition, with the runners-up, Norbreck Primary Academy and St Catherine’s Roman Catholic Primary, narrowly missing out on the title.
The Final, presented by International Vocalist Duncan Heather, saw the eleven finalist choirs battle for the title of Last Choir Singing 2017, singing two songs each. The performances were judged by Steve Balsamo (International Singer/Song Writer), Tom Newall (British Conductor), Paul Nuttall (Managing Director, Reidy’s Music Store), Sean Ruane (Classical Opera Singer). Shakespeare choir, consisting of 41 vocalists, is led by Joanna Newson and Claire Savage, who have been working with the choir for two years.Comments from the winner and judge:After receiving the award, Head Teacher, Laura Willan, said: “We are so pleased that our marvellous choir has achieved this recognition. It is just fantastic! All our children have worked extremely hard and shown great dedication, so we are thrilled to get here. It is not only an amazing achievement for us, but also a brilliant opportunity for us to showcase our fantastic school. The competition has brought so much confidence, enjoyment and a real sense of team spirit for our children.”Competition judge, British Conductor, Tom Newall, said: “All tonight’s finalists performed to the highest standard, they were incredibly impressive. Last Choir Singing is an amazing experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a judge at the Final. You can see the enjoyment from each child taking part; it is just wonderful to watch.
Events like Last Choir Singing are so important, as they provide a great opportunity for children to express themselves artistically, and make memories they will never forget. “Shakespeare were exceptional and I was instantly won over by them. Watch out, we could see some of these young singers making a name for themselves in the future.”
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
He is currently playing Julian Marsh in the West End revival of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
We caught up with Tom and asked him: "If you were stranded on a desert island which five showtunes could you not live without?"
1. "Gethsemane" from Jesus Christ Superstar
This is one of my earliest memories of being completely blown away by a song in a musical. It has moved me to tears many times and I spent my childhood years trying to sing it like Steve Balsamo does so effortlessly. It still moves me today.
2. "Not While I'm Around" from Sweeney Todd
I remember doing a Sondheim workshop at Drama College and being bowled over by how wonderful his writing is. I love this song and quite often sing Jamie Cullum's great version of the track when I do gigs.
3. "42nd Street" from 42nd Street
To be in this show in the Drury Lane is just the stuff of "pinch me am I dreaming!?" I will never forget the sitzprobe day, hearing the music of this show played by 19 of the country's best musicians for the first time. It is so emotive and just overflows with joy! Come and see for yourself, I dare you.
4. "With You" from Ghost
I remember first hearing this cast recording when I was in Emmerdale. This track is beautiful and so wonderfully written by Dave Stewart and unfortunately I never saw my good friend Lucie Jones play it in China. But Caissie Levy sings it so well on the cast recording. Just exquisite and it also makes me cry (man I am soft!)
5. "Satisfied" from Hamilton
I tried so hard not to be one of the people going nuts for this show. But it's just so so good. It breathes new life into musicals and Lin-Manuel Miranda has deservedly got all the plaudits for such a genius piece of songwriting and storytelling. I could have picked the whole soundtrack.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Hey, we'll be on BBC Northampton on Friday afternoon March 10th 2017 around 3/3:30pm. Tune in if you can. Then its The Stables in Milton Keynes for an evening show in Studio 2 there. Still a few tickets left.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
From Left to Right:ZUBIN VARLA; JOANNA AMPIL and STEVE BALSAMO Stars of the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar