Local Talent One
Step Away From The O2!
KARL Palmer from Southport
wowed the crowd and judging panel at the Open Mic UK Regional
Showcase, and he is now one step away from performing at The O2 in
Thousands of acts entered Open Mic UK 2011 and the best unsigned
singers from across the country were chosen to perform at the live
Regional Final shows. Karl Palmer performed in front of a live
audience and professional judging panel on 6th November at the Liner
Hotel in Liverpool. He’s now set to perform at the Area Final for
the chance to progress to the National Grand Final at The O2 in
London as part of Live Fest, London’s biggest indoor festival on
21 January 2012.
Those who made it through the
audition stage took part in a live Regional head-to-head battle
alongside the best talent in their area. Acts performed in front of
hundreds of audience members and industry judges for the chance to
grab a breakthrough recording contract.
A spokesperson for Open Mic UK commented:- "We are searching
for an act that not only has the live ability to impress an
audience, industry judges and A&R associates, but an act that has
the potential to become a professional recording artist. Acts that
have made it are just one step away from performing at the best live
music venue in the country!"
The competition is divided into
age categories; 16 and Under, 17-22 and 23 and Over; all types of
singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer/songwriters
are invited to enter Open Mic UK.
Previous winner Birdy still at only 15 years of age has recently
been a favourite on Radio 1 after signing with Warner Music with two
hits singles already to date including her version of the Bon Iver
classic 'Skinny Love.' Last year’s under 18’s winner, Hatty Keane,
has also had huge success after being signed to BGM Music. Since
then Hatty has performed live sets alongside Tinchy Stryder, Zane
Lowe, Tempa T and Roll Deep and is currently working on new
material. Hatty’s latest video Best Kept Secret has received over
200,000 views on YouTube already.
There’s over £50,000 in prizes up for grabs this year and the
overall winner will be offered a recording contract, with up to
£30,000 investment! They’ll also have the opportunity to tour across
There are plenty of development opportunities available to acts
taking part courtesy of ICMP, who will be offering songwriting
courses and master classes throughout the competition. The latter
stages of the competition will also provide acts with the
opportunity to impress many guests from record labels, agencies and
the entertainment industry. For more information go
shuts museums for 5 days next week
BOTH the Merseyside
Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum (in the same
building) are closed to the public from Monday, 21 November 2011 to
Friday, 25 November 2011 inclusive. This is to enable
essential maintenance work to be carried out and the museums will
reopen at 1000 hours on Saturday, 26 November 2011. Rachel
Mulhearn, director of Merseyside Maritime Museum, says:- "We
are sorry for any inconvenience this brief closure will cause. It is
very important we carry out the work to improve the environment for
our visitors." The nearby Museum of Liverpool and
Piermaster’s House remain open between 1000 and 17:00 hrs every day
during this period. All the other National Museums Liverpool
venues are open as usual; the Walker Art Gallery, World Museum, Lady
Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House.
Full casting is
announced for Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!
THE full casting is
announced for Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER!, which visits at the
Liverpool Empire from 24 January to 28 January 2012. This is the
third visit in as many years for Bourne’s company New Adventures,
who brought Swan Lake and Cinderella to Liverpool in 2010 and 2011
respectively, both receiving great acclaim from critics and
Returning to New Adventures in the role of ‘CLARA’ is
HANNAH VASSALLO, who has recently completed two years in the West
End production of Dirty Dancing playing the leading role of
‘Baby’. ‘NUTCRACKER!’ will be played by CHRIS
TRENFIELD (‘The Swan’ in Swan Lake), ADAM MASKELL (‘The
Angel’ in Cinderella) and EDWIN RAY (‘The Pilot’
in Cinderella). ‘SUGAR’ will be performed by
ASHLEY SHAW, SOPHIA HURDLEY and CHLOE WILKINSON (all from the recent
hit production of Cinderella) whilst her brother, ‘FRITZ’
will be played by New Adventures favourite DOMINIC NORTH (a
record-breaking 7 different productions with New Adventures since
his debut in 2004) and DANIEL COLLINS (Cinderella).
‘DR DROSS’ will be played by NEIL WESTMORELAND, recently
seen as ‘The Pilot’ in Cinderella and DANIEL WRIGHT
(Cinderella, The Car Man). His Wife, ‘MRS DROSS’ and
Matron to the Orphans will be played by MADELAINE BRENNAN (‘The
Girlfriend’ in Swan Lake 3D, ‘Stepmother’ in
Cinderella) and DAISY MAY KEMP (Swan Lake) along with the original
1992 ‘Clara’, ETTA MURFITT, returning to help
celebrate the production’s 20th Anniversary.
Returning to New Adventures for Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER! are
PHIL JACK GARDNER, TOM JACKSON GREAVES, CARRIE JOHNSON, NICOLE
KABERA, MARI KAMATA, DENA LAGUE, KATY LOWENHOFF, KATE LYONS, JAMIE
MCDONALD, LUKE MURPHY, GAVIN PERSAND, ALISTAIR POSTLETHWAITE and
DANNY REUBENS. Making their debuts with New Adventures are MERRY
HOLDEN, KATRINA LYNDON, LEON MORAN and LIAM MOWER, who was London’s
first ‘Billy Elliot’ and the youngest person ever to
win an Olivier Award.
Matthew Bourne said:- “To help celebrate this evergreen
production’s 20th Birthday, I have decided to cast the show with the
next generation of New Adventures dancers, mostly making their
debuts in these roles. With popular productions such as Nutcracker!
now returning to New Adventures’ repertoire on a regular basis, it
seems only right to develop and nurture the incredible young talent
that we have in the company by giving them bigger opportunities and
challenges. I am, though, delighted to say that the cast includes
our original Clara from 1992, Etta Murfitt, who along with several
other New Adventures veterans, will guide and inspire the younger
cast members. With the addition of several new dates, added
recently, I am thrilled to announce our biggest ever UK tour.
Nutcracker! will be seen at a record-breaking 21 major venues,
throughout the UK, made all the more remarkable, by the fact that
this 'seasonal' favourite will still be entertaining audiences in
Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER! follows last year’s hugely successful
production of Cinderella, which after an 8 week, sold out run at
Sadler’s Wells and a recent international tour has now played over
200 performances and been seen by over 240,000 people.
This delicious theatrical feast has family-sized helpings of Matthew
Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy. NUTCRACKER!
follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak
Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering,
ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of
Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s delicious sets and
costumes combine with sizzling choreography to create a fresh and
charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional favourite.
Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, it is co-devised by
Martin Duncan, with lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound
design by Paul Groothuis.
Matthew Bourne is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and
successful Choreographer/Director. He is the creator of the world’s
longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner,
and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both
Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical. For more
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!
Liverpool Empire Theatre
24 January to 28 January 2012
7.30pm Tue to Sat, Wed & Sat matinees at 2.30pm
Tickets £12 to £42