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Vote for your stars of the Norfolk arts world

11:37 08 October 2014

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From individual artists and performers to theatre companies, festivals and venues, the nominations for our annual awards for the arts highlight Norfolk’s rich cultural life - and now it is time for you to vote for your favourite cultural champions.

The Garage celebrate their 10th birthday with a party and performances including Pulse Dance Company, for guests and supporters.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.The Garage celebrate their 10th birthday with a party and performances including Pulse Dance Company, for guests and supporters. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Hundreds of nominations from across the county were received for this year’s EDP People’s Choice Awards - part of the annual Norfolk Arts Awards and Hansells Hostry Festival - and now the top 10 nominees in each of the three categories are being put up for an online public vote.

People have until Sunday to vote for their favourites and the top three in each category will then be invited to the Norfolk Arts Award ceremony on October 24 when the ultimate winners will be revealed.

Peter Beck, Norfolk Arts Awards co-founder, said: “The diversity of nominations is plain to see. Fans of artists of all kinds, performers of different disciplines, have been nominated from across the county.

“We’ve had over 500 nominations; people writing in to say what a local theatre or arts organisation means to them, or why they love the work of a Norfolk based artist or musician. It’s twice as many people as our first year, spreading the news of what we have to offer in Norfolk. Many of the comments from those who have nominated are very moving – for some the arts provide a lifeline; it enriches their local community. Until Sunday you will be able to go onto the website and see the top 10 nominations in each category and vote for your favourite.”

The Norfolk Arts Awards, in association with the Eastern Daily Press, are now in their third year.

The 2014 ceremony will be at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry on October 24 when an array of other accolades decided by specialist judges will also be presented alongside the EDP People’s Choice Awards.

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

• To vote for your favourite nominees in the three EDP People’s Choice Awards visit www.norfolkartsawards.com. Voting closes on Sunday.

Here are the Top 10 nominations for...

BEST INDIVIDUAL

Sian Croose – a singer and community musician who has run choirs and vocal groups for 25 years. She has created music projects in the UK, Ireland and France and is co-founder of Norwich-based group The Voice Project.

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.

Michelle Montague – an actress, director and acting teacher, and co-director of the Norwich-based Sewell Barn Theatre Company.

Tina Vallance - founder of Dereham-based Bollywood and Bhangra dance company Jaya Dance which aims to give people of all ages the chance to experience Indian dance culture.

Trevor Woods - a professional painter whose work encourages people to look at everyday views with a new light. Mr Woods’ studio is at Wells-based exhibition space Gallery Plus - a previous EDP People’s Choice Awards finalist - which he runs with his wife Jo.

Will Arundell - a Norfolk-based actor and baritone who has performed with Norwich Young People’s Theatre, Norfolk Youth Music Theatre and Mixed Voice, and is now studying musical theatre at the Guildford School of Acting.

Jody Butler - a University of East Anglia music graduate who is the director of music at the Church of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich. She organises the church’s recital series and trains and directs its four choirs.

Angela Sykes - the manager of Diss Corn Hall, a lively arts venue on the Norfolk/Suffolk border offering a programme including everything from theatre, comedy and cinema to music, family fun and art.

Baby disco dance hall in the Spiegeltent at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Photo: Bill SmithBaby disco dance hall in the Spiegeltent at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Photo: Bill Smith

Steve Forster - last year’s winner of this category, Mr Forster has more than 25 years experience in the arts and entertainment. 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.

Claire Bibby – founded the professional touring company Baroque Theatre Company in 2010. In her early 30s she decided to take the plunge and pursue her dream of studying drama, gaining a professional qualification at Rose Bruford College and building an extensive acting CV.

Camilla Webster – singer, musician and actress, who runs Harmummies, a Norfolk-based choir especially for Mums.

BEST SMALL OR MEDIUM SCALE VENUE, FESTIVAL OR ORGANISATION

Norwich Arts Centre - presents a varied programme of live music, theatre, live art, comedy, live literature, new media and photography and is also committed to creating opportunities for the development of new talent.

The annual Norwich Pride parade through the city centre. Picture: Denise BradleyThe annual Norwich Pride parade through the city centre. Picture: Denise Bradley

Diss Corn Hall - an arts venue offering high quality entertainment from theatre, comedy and cinema to music, family fun and art.

The Garage - a lively Norwich performing arts centre currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade it has been a real champion of young people and the arts as well as now reaching out to people of all ages.

Great Hall Theatre Company - founded in 1961 by Donald Pyle, the company has a long history of productions in a number of Norwich venues. In 2005 the company moved to the Assembly House and is the venue’s resident theatre company.

Mixed Voice - a performance group formed in 2007 with the aim of bringing together East Anglia’s finest singers, dancers, actors and musicians to create stage shows and events that rival the standard of the West End.

Baroque Theatre Company - a professional touring theatre company founded in 2010. Productions have included everything from Great Expectations to Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.

Norwich Print Fair – established in 1995, the independent Norwich Print Fair fills St Margaret’s Church, in Norwich, with work to suit every taste and pocket for two weeks every September.

The cast of Godspell, which was at the Playhouse earlier this year, lead the service at St Peter Mancroft Church, to the surprise of the congregation. Jesus, played by Will Arundell. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe cast of Godspell, which was at the Playhouse earlier this year, lead the service at St Peter Mancroft Church, to the surprise of the congregation. Jesus, played by Will Arundell. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sewell Barn Theatre - the Sewell Barn Company is the in-house drama company for the venue in the north of Norwich and presents a varied programme of plays. Its latest production, Much Ado About Nothing, opens on Thursday.

Norwich Dandies – springing out of the Norwich LGBT Pride celebrations, the Norwich Dandies is a collective of artists working in painting, poetry, photography, performance, drawing, sculpture and installation.

The Wharf Academy - the Norwich-based music school provides a creative space for students to learn singing, piano, guitar, drumming, saxophone, and music theory, and there is also a youth choir based in the venue.

BEST LARGE VENUE, FESTIVAL OR ORGANISATION

Britten Sinfonia - an orchestra which breaks the mould by not having a principal conductor or director, instead choosing to collaborate with a range of international guest artists across the musical spectrum. The ensemble has residencies across the east of England including in Norwich.

Jaya DanceJaya Dance

Norfolk and Norwich Festival - as well as staging one of the most significant arts festivals in the UK each May, Norfolk and Norwich Festival collaborates throughout the year with local, national and international partners to produce work for a diverse range of audiences and communities.

The Voice Project - a Norwich-based open-access singing project 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.

Theatre Royal Norwich - 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.

OPEN - the OPEN Youth Trust, based at the OPEN venue in Norwich, is a champion of young people and also puts on a range of gigs and events, activities, workshops and courses.

Norwich Pride – a celebration from the LGBT community for everyone, with a mission to ensure Norwich is a city where everyone can feel safe and proud to be themselves. Norwich Pride produces a number of creative performances, exhibitions and publications as part of the celebrations.

Out There Festival – the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts takes place in Great Yarmouth each September.

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It is the largest festival of its kind in the east of England, blending a rich mix of international acts with national performers and projects with local people.

Cromer Pier and Pavilion Theatre - the theatre on Cromer’s century-old pier is home to the well-known Seaside Special variety show, its Cromer Pier Christmas Show and a wide range of other entertainment.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - one of the most prominent university art galleries in Britain, the centre at the University of East Anglia houses the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection containing more than 1,400 works spanning 5,000 years, as well as the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and an Abstract and Constructivist Collection. It also hosts high-profile visiting exhibitions - the most recent one to open is Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting

Epic Studios - the Norwich venue presents music gigs, comedy shows, dance and theatre, and hosts conferences, workshops, seminars and awards evenings. It is also a production house, producing television programmes and radio broadcasts.

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