UK’S HOTTEST YOUNG SONGWRITERS TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT NATIONAL MUSIC
McCartney auditorium at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for
Performing Arts rocked to the sounds and songs of the UK’s finest
young songwriters on Saturday 10 November at the annual Yamaha /
LIPA Make It Break It Awards (MIBI) ceremony. A capacity
audience including record industry executives and music press was
treated to a show of inspiring and professional performances from
the six winning finalists performing as solo artists or bands.
The show commenced with a welcome from broadcaster and presenter for
the night, Mark Ratcliffe before the 6 winners, who had spent the
previous week rehearsing their songs with a 5- piece band of session
musicians, performed their winning entries to a hugely enthusiastic
audience including members of the final judging panel that had
consisted of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Live Earth promoter Harvey
Goldsmith CBE, Grammy Award winning producer Steve Levine,
chart-topping songwriter Dawn Joseph and broadcaster and musician
The following day all 30 finalists from whose material the judges
selected the 6 winners participated in seminars and an energising
and inspiring Open Forum with music professionals who advised the
young hopefuls on all aspects of songwriting and provided a unique
insight into the intricacies of the record industry.
Now in their 4th year the acclaimed MIBI (Make it Break it) annual
songwriting and enterprise awards scheme for people between the ages
of 14 and 19 has become a major channel for the UK’s young
songwriting and music marketing talent, with many award winners now
achieving recognition and serious industry attention. Past winners
include Coldplay’s Chris Martin who currently chairs the final
Promoted by Yamaha and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
in association with the BPI (the British Phonographic Institute) the
programme attracts hundreds of entries and provides a professional
platform and marketing showcase for the best of the UK’s young song
writing and music entrepreneurial talent, making the MIBIs an
essential and unique opportunity for emerging and original talent.
This year the awards were in partnership with Liverpool Music Week (link)
where winning entries could choose to play a support slot with a
major act. Effective and highly valuable support aimed at getting
their material through to the general public was also on offer, to
include professional video shoots and web design together with time
in a world class recording facility accompanied by Judge Steve
Levine; and in addition to performing with a top session band to a
packed music industry audience on the Saturday night, winners and
short-listed entries enjoyed 2 days of music industry coaching with
seminars and industry sessions on offer throughout a long weekend of
master class sessions.
Finding time out for ‘Make it Break it’ judge Harvey
Goldsmith comments:- “the MIBI scheme is without doubt one of
the most influential and effective routes to market for quality
material, each year we hear great songs and innovative marketing
plans and we are able to assist young people to make the next step.
I’m constantly inspired myself at the role that the MIBI’s play in
providing support, many of our recent winners are now making steady
progress toward regular gigs and recording contracts.”
says, 'No!' to Bullies, part 2; the birth of Super-Boo.
(Part of the Boo and friends series).
THE U.K.s 1st anti-bullying
computer game developed in both 'sign' and full English grammar is
set to make a noise among Britain's young school children, a
Merseyside Charity having provided them with a springboard to a
whole, new, learning dimension.
Open College of Sign Language will be launching the much sort after
children's book, 'Boo says 'No!' to Bullies' on the 6
December 2007 this year; giving guests at the event a special preview of
the U.K's 1st ever anti-bullying computer game to be designed in
National Signed English, (the brainchild of O.C.S.L). Boo the
cartoon elephant was re-invented by the charity as 'Super-Boo',
in time for the Easter 2008 launch of the game, 'Saving Planet
Vox.' Super-Boo with his friends, Rudy, Roscoe, Olivia and
Webster embark upon a journey into the un-known, but a world in
which bullying becomes a thing of the past. And an adventure that
will educate its young learners in sign too.
During the summer of 2006, Open College of Sign Language provided
brief details of it's plans for the Boo book and sparked a national
interest in the story, being asked to review both book and National
Signed English on television. The significance being that not only
were they developing a children's story illustrated by both written
English and 'sign' but had also revolutionised the way in which both
hearing and deaf people communicate; National Signed English
allowing users to converse in full English grammar, inserted into
conventional British Sign Language.
With the backing of many people both hearing and deaf, O.C.S.L are
finally set to have the book out and ready for purchase on the 6
December 2007, at a launch being attended by Neil and Christine
Hamilton who will 'cut the ribbon' on the big day in Liverpool.
So, Open College of Sign Language, with the support of many, look
set to take our children's learning to a new dimension. Planet Vox
CHRISTMAS AT FARMER TEDS
2007 at Farmer Ted's Santa has
agreed to come back again, because last year he had such a fantastic
time. To meet Santa jump aboard the Santa Express, this is Santa's
special tractor ride to his workshop, on arrival you'll be met by
one of his Elves and invited inside. In here you can take a look
around at all of the different winter scenes and even write a
postcard to Santa himself. Then when your time comes you will be
invited to enter his special room where he is accompanied by his
trusty reindeer and of course Rudolph.
You'll get to chat with him and if
you've been good he may even give you a present!
Then on your way out don't forget to
post your letter in the talking letter box and finish off your
journey with a walk back through the animal barn........
Entry to see Santa is:- £3.50/child plus
the normal entrance fee. Adults normal entry fee.
We are open as usual but Santa will be
here on the following dates.......
1December to 7 December 2007 1.30pm to 5.00pm
8 December to 23 December 2007 11am to 5.00pm
CLOSED Tuesday 4 December 2007 and Tuesday 11 December 2007
Farmer Ted's will be CLOSED from 24 December 2007 and will re-open
Wednesday 2 January 2008.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL AT FARMER TED'S
THE European Market in Ormskirk
town centre will be held on 7 December 2007 to 9 December 2007 and
offers lots of fantastic things to get for Christmas. In total 35
traders will attending, offering high quality items for sale. New
stalls will be coming this year as well, such as Italian deli with
olive oil, home made pasta and sauces, different type of cured meat,
transylavnian glass, swedish cider, polish amber jewelry... The
traders will come from France, Italy, spain,germany, sweeden, poland,