Singing audition dates for Teenstar 2015 are announced

Singing audition dates for this year’s TeenStar singing competition have now been announced! TeenStar, the UK’s only singing competition exclusively for pre-teens and teenagers to audition and compete, have now released their audition dates for their next singing competition. With more and more entries auditioning each year this year is set to be even bigger.



TeenStar consists of a UK-wide search for the finest young talent the UK has to offer, with audition dates being held across the country. The competition audition dates and live events take place at some of the best venues in the UK and culminate in a spectacular National Grand Final, which has previously been held in The NEC in Birmingham and within The O2 in London. With over 9,000 entrants last year, the 2015 competition is set to be the biggest yet!


TeenStar the singing competition exclusively for pre-teens and teenagers is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Atlantic Record’s Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Sony Music’s Jaymi Hensley from Union J and Jahmene Douglas, Luke Friend, the 2013 TeenStar winner and Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan. Over the years Future Music have discovered some of the best new talent and propelled them to the big stage, working closely with Sony, Universal, Warner and Syco. The 2014 winner was Emily Middlemas who went on to be featured on The X Factor making the last 24 and judges’ houses with mentor Cheryl Cole.


Previous judges to Future Music competitions include DJs that have worked for Radio 1 such as Ras Kwame, Daniel P Carter and Annie Nightingale MBE, four time Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill, Noddy Holder and before he deceased the legendary Malcolm McLaren along with A&R representatives from the three major record labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group.

TeenStar singing auditions dates are available across the UK, so if you’re a pre-teen or teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, for more information and to enter go to:

‘Ocean Wave’ – The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines

Released to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines’ formation, ‘Ocean Wave’ is a collection of stirring tunes, traditional melodies and celebrations of great, traditional British music as played by arguably the finest brass band in the world. But, before you immediately dismiss the notion because you don’t usually pay attention to brass bands, first bear in mind that the style lends itself to a surprisingly large range of styles – as evidenced by this release.

Ultimately, this is music build from melodies, chords and basslines, just like all of popular music, and by that token (with a couple of creative structural changes) it allows for a versatile selection of pieces – particularly with the addition of a selection of vocalists and soloists to take center stage.

You would perhaps expect a large proportion of the songs to be upbeat, impactful marches, but in fact only three songs adhere to that – ‘Life on the Ocean Wave’, ‘Famous songs of the British Isles’ and ‘Rule Britannia’. But other songs will surprise you. Hymn ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’, Irish folk song ‘Danny Boy’ and a quasi-pop version of ‘No One But You’ sing by Ellie Thomas are just three of the unusual, but welcome, song selections.

Of course, ultimately this is a celebration of trumpets, trombones, tubas and the rest. But it’s so much more than that besides

New album from Rebecca Newman – ‘Dare to Dream’ album with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

With a mix of classic tracks and original music, ‘Dare to Dream’ is the new album from classical-crossover-soprano Rebecca Newman. Having hauled herself up by the bootstraps, raising funds for the album by busking to ever growing crowds, the result is a very strong collection of songs which do an excellent job of showcasing Newman’s range and talent.

The title track, ‘Dare to Dream’, is one of the original tracks on the album, written by Newman and her writing partners, and it’s also one of the highlights. Cinematic and beautifully sung, it’s a song about inner strength overcoming adversity.

Other tracks include an impressive original opera key interpretation of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’, and a stunning arrangement of ‘Kissing You’, which will be familiar to any fans of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet Film.

Overall, there are thirteen tracks, all of which find the soprano on fine form. Some may not think this is their cup of tea, but there really is something for everyone on this album.