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Young Talent fills The Ballroom at Track Record 2016

Canterbury festive 2016

Track Record returned for another year of amazingly talented performances on Sunday 2016 at the Ballroom in Canterbury.

Track Record, which offers young musicians across Kent the chance to be part of Canterbury Festival and win recording time in a local professional studio, came to a dramatic climax at the Ballroom on Sunday, in a live final that allowed contestants to show off their musical talent to an eager audience. There were a total of 10 acts in the live final, seven solo finalists and three groups. The standard of entries was incredibly high and judges Niamh Lynam-Cotter, The Festival’s Programme & Participation Manager, Emily Watts, founder of Beautiful Town Music, and James Wilford, managing director of Your Music School, had a difficult job picking the winners.

This year, there were several chances to win the coveted prize, as the competition was split into three categories; Soloist covers, in which the judges were looking for the best performing talent, Soloist originals, which allowed contestants to show off their skills in song writing as well as performing talent. Finally, the groups category saw the judges looking for the slickest and most talented bands. Scott Layton from Folkestone’s Glassworks Sixth Form Centre was awarded the prize for soloist covers, Monica Moffat from Brockhill Park Performing Arts College for soloist originals and The Sons of the Lotus Machine (comprised of William Bain-Smith, Jonathan Gwylliam and Ben Barlow, from Canterbury College & Sir Roger Manwood’s Sixth Form in Sandwich) won the group category. Each of the winners will now receive free rehearsal space from Your Music School, mentoring from each of the judges, a session in a recording studio to produce their own three track demo with Independent Music Productions followed by a session on Thanet’s AcademyFM (107.8), thanks to sponsorship from Canterbury’s Direction Law.

Think you could be in with a chance of winning next year’s Track Record prize? Keep an eye out on the Canterbury Festival website for the opening of 2017 applications.

There are still many more events to come during the Festival this year, including our Made in Kent performances and the fantastic Comedy Competition, please visit the Festival website for full listings.

Photo Credit: Track Record Sidone Carey Green

Niamh Lynam-Cotter - Programme & Participation Manager

Canterbury Festival - Festival House, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JA

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