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Photo gallery: EDP People’s Choice Awards finalists are revealed

13:17 20 October 2014

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The People's Tower being built which is a cardboard replica of St Peter Mancroft Church for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2014. The finished tower. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A director of music, a city theatre and an art fair are among the people’s choice when it comes to Norfolk’s great champions of the arts.

Hundreds of nominations from across the county were received for this year’s EDP People’s Choice Awards which are part of the third annual Norfolk Arts Awards.

Following an online public vote we can now reveal the three finalists in each of our three EDP categories.

These nine cultural stars are a great credit to our county’s rich arts scene and the winners will be revealed at the Norfolk Arts Awards ceremony at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry on October 24.

The Norfolk Arts Awards, in association with the Eastern Daily Press, are part of the Hansells Hostry Festival which will run from October 22 to November 2.

The Sound and Vision festival 2014. The band Kid Wave play at the Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Sound and Vision festival 2014. The band Kid Wave play at the Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• Visit www.hostryfestival.org

The three finalists, in no particular order, in each category of the EDP People’s Choice Awards are:

Best Individual

NNF14 The Voice Project rehearse for their performance of Souvenir at Holkham Hall. Photo: JMA Photography.NNF14 The Voice Project rehearse for their performance of Souvenir at Holkham Hall. Photo: JMA Photography.

• Jody Butler is a University of East Anglia music graduate who during her time at the UEA directed the Music Society choir and worked with its orchestra. She is the director of music at St Peter Mancroft Church where she organises the church’s recital series and trains and directs its four choirs.

• Tina Vallance is the founder of Dereham-based Jaya Dance. She was born into the Sikh/Hindu culture and grew up experiencing colourful festivals such as Diwali and Holi. With Jaya Dance she shares her passion for Indian dance styles and gives people of all ages the chance to experience Bollywood and Bhangra dancing.

• Steve Forster is last year’s winner of this category. He has more than 25 years experience in the arts and entertainment sector. He set up SFP Communications in 2000, is chairman of the board of Norwich Arts Centre, and on the boards of The Voice Project, New International Encounter Theatre Company and Escalator Productions.

Dress rehersal for the Theatre Royal 2013 pantomime, Cinderella. Baron Hardup  Christopher Ryan and Cinderella  Ruth Betteridge.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYDress rehersal for the Theatre Royal 2013 pantomime, Cinderella. Baron Hardup  Christopher Ryan and Cinderella  Ruth Betteridge. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Best small to mid-scale venue, festival or organisation

• Norwich Arts Centre presents a varied and vibrant programme of live music, theatre, live art, comedy, live literature, new media and photography, and it is also committed to creating opportunities for the development of new talent. The venue has been named NME Best Small Venue in the Eastern Region for four years running.

• Diss Corn Hall, on the Norfolk and Suffolk border, was originally built as a corn exchange and it is now a thriving arts venue offering regular high quality entertainment from theatre, comedy and cinema to music, family fun and art.

• Norwich Print Fair started in 1995 and has become a very popular independent show selling contemporary, original, and handmade prints. Every September the fair fills St Margaret’s Church, in St Benedicts Street, with work to suit every taste and pocket.

The Girls' Choir & Choral Scholars of St Peter Mancroft with director Jody Butler. Photo: Bill SmithThe Girls' Choir & Choral Scholars of St Peter Mancroft with director Jody Butler. Photo: Bill Smith

Best large venue, festival or organisation

• Norfolk and Norwich Festival, the EDP People’s Choice Award winner in 2012, stages one of the most significant arts festivals in the UK each May, bringing an array of weird and wonderful acts to the city and county. Throughout the year Norfolk and Norwich Festival also collaborates with local, national and international partners to produce work for a diverse range of audiences and communities.

• Theatre Royal Norwich is a 1,300 seat theatre which brings everything from hit musicals to international opera to serious drama to the city as well as producing its annual traditional Christmas pantomime. The theatre also has a strong education focus and has been running its theatre arts courses for more than 25 years.

• The Voice Project - which won this category last year - is a Norwich-based open-access singing project which was created by singers Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker in 2008. Hundreds of singers have been involved in the Voice Project performances, and the group performs each year at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

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