North London’s Got Talent 2018 – The Performers
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Final rehearsals are underway, the last sequins have been sewn and the audience are preparing to take their seats……It’s finally Here! – North London’s Got Talent 2018.
The curtain goes up on a fabulous evening of entertainment at the North Finchley artsdepot on Saturday 3 February in aid of the North London Hospice. More than 100 performers ranging from dance troupes, drummers, solo vocalists……not to mention a 52 voice choir!…… will be taking to the stage.
This is the fourth year the Hospice has organised the extravaganza and organisers have been thrilled with the enthusiasm and committment that contestants and their families have shown in supporting the event.
Many of the acts performing on Saturday night have a personal connection with the Hospice because a friend or family member has been cared for by the Hospice team either at the Woodside Avenue building, Hospice nurses who care for people in their own homes, or the new Health and Wellbeing Centre based in Winchmore Hill. Here’s a preview of our 12 wonderful acts taking party in North London’s Got Talent 2018.
As a singer-songwriter Georgi K has already written and released two of her own songs, which are available on iTunes and Spotify. A student of musical theatre at the BRITS School, she’s looking forward to performing for us tonight. Whilst at Mill Hill County School Georgi took part in a concert for Water Aid, so taking to the stage is clearly in her blood (or water!). North London Hospice has a place in her heart after it cared for her grandfather. “It’s a special place with special people,” said Georgi. “I’m proud I can help raise funds for it tonight.” Go Georgi K!
At just 15-years-old Faith’s soulful voice has seen her through to the second round auditions of ITV’s The Voice. She enjoys singing covers of today’s pop music both on the stage and from her bedroom at home! Her love of music has seen her win the Camber Sands Park Resorts’ Big Talent Show two years in a row. She’s committed to raising funds and awareness for causes tackling mental health issues.
This seven-piece tap-dancing troupe is one of two dance groups from the Sue Nieto Theatre School performing for us tonight. Sailors will be performing a tap & modern dance. The theatre school’s principal Caterina Spano decided to bring Sailors and Far From Over to tonight’s contest after the North London Hospice cared for her ‘Grandma Gina’. ‘It’s a wonderful place and I just wanted to say a big thank you,” she said.
FAR FROM OVER
Far From Over is a 20 strong dance group who will be performing a jazz themed show tonight. Also from the Sue Nieto Theatre School we are sure to be treated to a dazzling display of dance from this group of young performers.
THE TABLA MAN
As a Finchley local Jaian Saunders is looking forward to performing for a home crowd tonight. He enjoys showcasing his talent on the Indian tabla drums and made it to the final in his school talent show. The two tabla drums are steeped in Indian musical heritage and are regarded as the Queen of Indian percussion instruments.
JJ DANCE AND RAP CREW
This all singing all dancing rap act will have the audience up on their feet with their performance of Hopeful by Bars and Melody tonight. After performing at their school summer fete the duo behind JJ – Joshua and Jake – decided to make their debut in our North London’s Got Talent Show. Joshua’s grandmother spent her nal days at the North London Hospice so when the pair heard about the talent show it seemed the perfect platform for the JJ Dance and Rap Crew.
Student Liz Lynch will be singing her heart out tonight with 90s britpop number ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’. The St Michael’s Grammar School pupil said: “I’m a bit nervous but very excited!” We are sure she is going to give the audience a performance to remember.
Singer songwriter Miriam Nyarko has a real passion for the performing arts. She already has three musical theatre productions in London’s West End under her belt and was a contestant on ITV’s The Voice Kids UK. Miriam’s brother is a volunteer in one of North London Hospice’s 17 shops so she was delighted to be given the opportunity to take part in North London’s Got Talent to show her support.
N12 COMMUNITY CHOIR
Undoubtedly our largest act in this year’s competition. You can almost hear the N12 Community Choir if you listen carefully from North London Hospice’s Finchley site. The choir rehearse just up the road and will be singing Human by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man for us tonight. Several of the members have volunteered for NLH or have relatives who have experienced care from the Hospice.
Our youngest contestant could well be our loudest! 8 year old Parisha Halai will be entertaining us on her double- headed dhol drum. The barrel shaped drum from the Indian subcontinent is hung on a rope around the neck while the musician uses two sticks to beat at both ends. “I’m super excited to play the dhol tonight and it’s a great start to the year to be part of this wonderful event,” said Parisha. The schoolgirl puts her heart and soul into charity fundraising. Last year she raised £1500 by donating 19 inches of her hair so that a wig could be made for a child with cancer.
FINCHLEY STEEL DRUM ORCHESTRA
If you missed them last year, Finchley Steel Drum Orchestra are back to have another shot at winning the North London’s Got Talent Trophy, and we’re delighted to have them! The players in the 15-strong youth group are aged from 10-17 and are sure to provide an uplifting performance on their Caribbean Steel Pan Drums. The group was created in 2010 under the auspices of Barnet Educational Arts Trust. Could it be second time lucky for them tonight?
J.K. DANCE ACADEMY
J.K. Dance Academy, founded in 2003, is a dance school for children aged between 3–18 years. Offering classes in Freestyle, Stage, and Street Dance, J.K. provides fun but focused opportunities to dance in an energetic and effervescent atmosphere in North and South London. Jessica Hewitson, founder and principal, said: “For all pupils, tonight will be their talent show debut, and they are all delighted to be part of something so worthwhile and exciting!”