Line-up for Gorleston Makes Music event is announced

Fine City Chorus in audition action in front of the judges for Gorleston Makes Music.
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Fine City Chorus in audition action in front of the judges for Gorleston Makes Music. Picture Brian Ollington - Credit: Archant

The line-up for a seafront talent show final at Gorleston has been revealed.

Gorleston Makes Music judges have whittled down 26 acts to six during auditions which provided a record and diverse set of entries.

They ranged from a classical pianist and Tijuana brass trio to an ocarina player, six-year-old guitarist and a jazz band member in his 60s.

The finalists will be seen showcasing their talent at Gorleston bandstand near the Ocean Room on Sunday, August 20 from 1pm.

They are:

Statement - a mixed all-ability choir from Gorleston

Fine City Chorus - a Norwich-based close harmony choir

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Charlotte and Cory - two youngsters in their 20s singing covers

Staisha Jeary - who sang classics and show songs

Ady Young - singer songwriter Gorleston policeman

James Dean - Rat Pack singer from Great Yarmouth

Other audition hopefuls Mitchel and Danni, who did not make the final, will entertain during the interval and judging deliberations before the winners are announced and they receive their cash prizes including £250 for the overall top act.

Mike Getvoldsen, from organisers Gorleston Rotary Club, said: 'We have had the best ever number and range of acts from as far afield as Norwich and Lowestoft as well as the Great Yarmouth area.

'We hold this event, now in its fifth year, to promote local talent and to use the bandstand we built for the community to mark the Millennium.

'It also raises money for Rotary funds, but we could not do it without the help of our sponsors and supporters.'

Auditions were held recently at East Norfolk Sixth Form College which also provided a technician for the session.

One of the judges, Gareth Getvoldsen, said: 'It was a strong and diverse set of acts and tough to choose from such varied styles, but we looked at criteria including technical ability, creativity and musicality.'

Others judges were Richard Harrison, Ella Harvey-Mobbs, Anita Hartley and Jodene Barrow-Alcock.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic to watch the final next month.

More details about the event on Facebook @GorlestonMakesMusic

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