Have a Heart Talent Show at Quedgeley Village Hall
A wealth of performers took to the stage on Saturday to prove that Quedgeley most definitely has talent.
More than 20 acts, comprising singers, dancers and musicians, performed in front of a packed auditorium at the Have a Heart Talent Show in Quedgeley Village Hall.
As well as wowing the crowd, the performers also managed to impress the expert panel of judges -Heart FM's breakfast show host, Warren Moore, Quedgeley dance studio proprietor and Royal Ballet School graduate, Linda Virgoe, Ribston Hall High School music teacher, David Sheppard, and star of stage and screen, Jeri Lane - with their eclectic array of talent.
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Hannah, 15, and Sophie, 13, from Mona Avenue, hoped to raise more than the £500 total they managed to achieve last year through a similar event.
In true Britain's Got Talent style, each performer underwent a stringent audition process at the Linda Virgoe Dance Academy to claim their three minutes in the spotlight.
Introduced to the stage by 13-year-old compere, Sophie, the acts included musical performances on guitar, piano, clarinet and violin, an Irish jig to Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal, Westend-style song and dance routines, singing, gymnastics, ballet, modern dance and even a solo drama performance.
Sponsored by The Mortgage Brain, the event was supported by a raft of local businesses who, as well as supplying some of the winners' prizes, kindly donated items for the raffle - tickets for which could be bought from Heart Angels, Jess and Jess, who were on hand throughout the evening handing out goodies and chocolates.
After an evening of top-notch entertainment the judges retired to make their decisions, while Heart Angel Jess and compere Sophie drew the raffle.
After much deliberation the judges eventually returned to the stage to announce the winning acts and present them with their awards.
"It's been a wonderful evening and we've seen some fantastic performances," said judge, David Sheppard.
"In fact, they were all so brilliant, we were unable to choose between two acts for third place, so have decided to award a joint prize."
This went to modern dance act Ella Matthews and Daisy Kellow, whose performance to Upside Downwon them a £15 cash prize, donated by the judges, and guitarist and singer Natasha Nicholl, who won a £15 iTunes voucher for her performance of Ed Sheeran's Drunk - no mean feat, considering Natasha had never picked up a guitar until three days before the competition.
"I knew there were a lot of singing acts taking part, so I thought I'd try to do something a bit different," she laughed.
And last, but by no means least, overall winner was guitarist and singer Skinny River Luke, whose fantastic performance of 1904 by The Tallest Man on Earth earned him a £100 cash prize and studio photo shoot.
Sisters Sophie and Hannah were thrilled to announce yesterday that Saturday's event raised a grand total of £673.56 for the Have a Heart Appeal.
"We'd like to thank everybody who helped support the event and got involved," they said.
"The money raised will be used by three charities to grant wishes to seriously ill children through the Have a Heart Appeal - Starlight Children's Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation UK and Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity."
* For more pictures from Saturday's show, visit Quedgeley People's Facebook page.
* Thanks also to Will Davis Photography for sharing some of his wonderful pictures of the event. Will also has a picture gallery which can be viewed through his Facebook page.