A LEADING light with one of the country’s longest-established choirs has launched a ‘Search For A Star’ appeal, giving students at schools and colleges in the Dispatch district the chance to win a major trophy and a £500 prize.
Established in 1908, Carlton Male Voice Choir made their mark discovering new talent, while raising thousands of pounds for good causes from annual charity concerts.
Now this new initiative, which involves John Collier, of Trent Drive, Hucknall, will give a rising star an opportunity to perform on the big stage at the Albert Hall in Nottingham next April.
Mr Collier, who is a past chairman of the choir, is in his 30th year with the group. He was joined by Elizabeth Ynez-Tulsen for the first of a similar competition, entitled Music Makers, in 1999.
The new and revived competition will give singers and musicians, aged from 16 to 19, an opportunity to enter the revamped Music Makers event.
“Since the competition began, we have brought some amazing young people into the limelight,” said Mr Collier. “Some have gone on to carve a niche in the music scene at venues at home and abroad.
“It would be wonderful to think that the new Music Makers winner would come from my area. This is an open competition and there is no reason why that shouldn’t happen.”
The choir’s current president, Colin Bailey, who is a former Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire, said: “What an opportunity for a local youngster to make their mark.
“The only real requirements are to be able to sing well or play a musical instrument at a high level and to have nerve and confidence to appear in front of a big audience if successful.”
Property developer John Brydon, who has agreed to provide the £500 top prize, urged local schools and colleges to encourage students to take part.
To take part, contact main organiser Keith Haley on 0115 9107309.
n OUR PHOTO shows Mr Collier and Elizabeth at the front with (from left), on the back row, choir conductor Terry Moore, Mr Bailey, choir chairman Mike Curtis and Mr Brydon.