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OMG Herefordshire 2013/14

OMG Herefordshire 2013/14

On the search for Herefordshire's next generation of great artists...

An amazing opportunity for young musicians (aged 13 - 19 yrs old) to get their music heard and be in with the chance to play the LG Arena in Birmingham!

OMG Herefordshire, a project run in partnership with Herefordshire Music Service, EMO Ltd and The Courtyard, is a search to find the next great local artist(s) from the area, who can represent the county and perform at OMG Live, in the LG Arena in Birmingham on 24th April 2014.

As well as offering the chance to perform at one of the UK's most exciting venues, the chosen artist(s) also take part in master-classes, led by professional musicians, giving opportunities to hone skills, gain valuable tips, make a name for themselves on stage and potentially make useful contacts for the future!

Entrants were required to record a video of themselves performing a song, upload it to Youtube and submit the video link via our entry page.

Out of the 25 entries, the five finalists were selected by a panel of local professionals. The chosen finalists were:

- five piece band from Hereford College of Arts on the extended diploma in Music course
   (Barnarby Raynsford - 17, Drums; Daniel O'Neill - 18, Vocals; Liam Evans - 17, Guitar;
   Stanley Sinclair - 18 Guitar; William Price - 17, Bass)
Jonathan Evans - 15 year old singer and guitarist from Ross-on-Wye
Harriet Williams - 16 year old singer from Kington
Raye Harvey - 16 year old singer and guitarist from Hereford
Defadus & Mad Hatter - MC & Music Producer duo, Jamie Duggan (18) and Daniel Hattersley (17)

CLICK HERE to view their entry videos

All five acts were invited to an OMG Herefordshire live showdown at The Courtyard in Hereford on Sunday 2nd February 2014, where a larger panel of judges selected the act who will go on to Birmingham and perform at OMG Live on Thursday 24th April 2014.

Finalists at OMG Herefordshire Gig Back (L-R): Raye Harvey, Jonathan Evans, Harriet Williams, William Price, Liam Evans, Daniel O’Neill & Barnaby Raynsford
Front (L-R): Stanley Sinclair, Dan Hattersley & Jamie Duggan

The judges at OMG Herefordshire were: Cliff Woollard (head of Herefordshire Music Service), Pete Nosworthy (Organiser of local music festival Nozstock), Anthony ‘Murf’ Murphy (Manager at The Jailhouse nightclub, local community music artist and member of The Anomalies), Jenny Frost (Leader of Hereford Soul Choir, vocal specialist and music practioner), Lisbee Stainton (Herefordshire based singer/songwriter currently on an European and UK tour), Jo Davies and Dave Andrews, both from EMO Ltd (promoters of OMG Live).

The panel of judges spent time deliberating and agonising during the interval (leaving the audience waiting for a little longer than expected!) before choosing the act to represent Herefordshire at OMG Live. The act was announced, at the end of the live showdown at The Courtyard, was Raye Harvey, a 16 year old singer from Hereford.

Raye (centre) with the judges (l-r) Jenny Frost,          Raye Harvey performing
Anthony Murphy, Lisbee Stainton, Jo Davies,
David Andrews, Cliff Woollard & Pete Nosworthy

However, the panel of judges were so impressed at the quality of all the finalists that they were ALL invited to take part in the master-classes. David Andrews, promoter of OMG Live and on the judging panel, said:

'The standard set by all the finalists was incredibly high and we were keen to extend the masterclasses so that all five could take part. I have no doubt that Raye will impress everyone who sees her at the LG Arena on April 24th and we look forward to welcoming her on stage at OMG Live'

Organisers and promoters are keen to make the project a yearly event. So watch this space!

-- photography by Russell Lewis --

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