A young guitarist has won Bury’s Got Talent 2015 after a stunning showcase of the town’s up and coming performers at the Theatre Royal.
Sam Chapman, 15, wowed the judges and packed audience with his arrangement of Mason Williams instrumental ‘Classical Gas’ last night and was awarded a £1,000 prize.
The King Edward VI pupil was among 14 acts who took to the stage for the final of the competition, which was organised by the Theatre Royal Supporters Group and has raised more than £7,000 for the theatre.
More than 50 acts applied for the contest with 36 making it through to the heats held over three nights at Conservatoire EAST at West Suffolk College.
Jacqui Laidler, organiser of the event and member of the Supporters Group, said: “I was over the moon with how the evening went.
“The contestants all shone and provided an excellent show for everybody. I want to thank everyone who attended and all the people - not just the judges and everyone visible but everyone backstage who were absolutely fantastic.”
To a toe-tapping beat of rhythmic thunder, the West Stow Drummers opened the night in rapturous style and were followed by a powerful ‘Colours of the Wind’ from Disney’s Pocahontas by 10-year-old Jessica Heyns.
With ‘Superman’ insignias blazed across their t-shirts, street dancers Sam Shattock, 10, and Scarlett Cutting, 12, impressed with their gravity defying footwork and singer-songwriter Kieran Davis, 16, served up a moving number.
Trumpet player Ewan Parkin proved he is one to watch for the future, Ella-Rose O’Grady got the audience singing along to ‘Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid?’ and The Voice Squad’s polished and professional rendition of Madame Guillotine brought the West End to West Suffolk.
JJ Puppets, made up of Joshua Macrow and Jake Goodall, offered a fun routine and Emily Spampanato gave an emotional I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables.
Acoustic duo Richard and Eve and Lilly Freeborn-Morgan, 10, show-cased their mighty vocals.
Sam Chapman then gave his winning performance and with good humour and aplomb Nicola Bragg-Hart shrugged off a technical hitch which delayed her accomplished Sister Act number.
Platinum Dance Academy closed the night with a lively and energetic routine.
Judges Karen Simpson, Nick Wells, Paul Schofield and Michele Lavender provided encouraging praise and thoughtful critique - placing The Voice Squad, Nicola Bragg-Hart and Sam Chapman in their top final three.
Clearly surprised by his win, Sam played out the night and celebrated being given a helpful stepping stone on the road to a bright future.
- The next Theatre Royal Supporters Group fund-raising events are The Ding Dong Daddios at the Greene King Garden on Sunday, July 19 and An Evening with MsMarmiteLover & WineTrust on Tuesday, September 8. Visit www.theatreroyal.org
See Friday’s Bury Free Press newspaper for an interview with Sam.