Singing school hosts Worthing’s Best Voice

Worthings Best Voice winners Stella Blows, Poppy Buckley and Amber Boulton
Worthings Best Voice winners Stella Blows, Poppy Buckley and Amber Boulton

Pupils from seven schools competed in a singing competition in Southwick earlier this month.

Worthing’s Best Voice 2016 was sponsored by Vocademy singing school and the finals took place at The Barn Theatre, Southwick.

Helen Bowman, Worthing Vocademy principal, said: “There were 24 finalists ranging in age from seven to 14 years old.

“This year, there were two rounds of auditions and more than 90 children took part from seven different schools in the area.

“The judges – Dionne Slater, Katie Bogaru and Lily Mansfield – were blown away by the talent and found it very difficult to decide.”

Worthing mayor Michael Donin and Adur District Council chairman Carson Albury were in the audience and presented the prizes to the winners.

First prize was awarded to 11-year-old Stella Blows, second place went to Poppy Buckley, eight, and third was Amber Boulton, 12.

Helen added: “The fantastic prizes included a studio recording session, free terms of group singing lessons with Vocademy singing school, as well as shopping vouchers.

“Each contestant sang their chosen song, live on stage with a backing track.

“Many of the singers had never performed in public, or even sung through a microphone before.”

Last year’s finalist, 11-year-old Olivia Saimbi, made a guest appearance to sing a few songs at the end of the show, while the judges were making their final decisions.

All profits raised, which amounted to £120, will go to the Worthing mayor’s chosen charities – Kamelia Kids, Canadian Roots UK and Guild Care.

Helen said she was delighted at the success of the competition in its second year and she hoped to run it again next year.

Helen is a trained primary teacher and passionate about helping people to find their inner singing voice. She believes everyone can and should sing. She directs and arranges music for various community singing groups and regularly performs.

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