Powerful performers wanted

HIGH schools in the Borders still have time to enter their talented young musicians into ScottishPower’s Powerful Performance competition 2012, but they will have to be quick as the October 31 deadline for entries is fast approaching.

The competition is open to secondary schools across Scotland and competing schools are in with the chance to perform live at the internationally renowned Celtic Connections festival, which celebrates folk music.

The 2012 Celtic Connections festival will be the third consecutive year that ScottishPower’s Powerful Performance contest has been open to secondary schools.

The competition encourages youngsters throughout Scotland to celebrate their traditional musical heritage and invites pupils in S1 to S6 across the country to submit a short 4-5 minute recording of traditional music using instruments, vocals, or a mixture of both.

The musical groups can be any size and can even include one teacher and entrants can select their own piece of traditional Scottish music to perform.

Contestants are competing for the unique opportunity to showcase their talents at the annual event as part of the final Education Concert of the festival in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

They will also be automatically entered into the highly competitive Danny Kyle Open Stage where they will be judged as a regular competitor.

The successful group will also win a Masterclass from one of the acts performing at Celtic Connections in 2012. This will be held in early January 2012 to help the pupils prepare for their performance.

For information on how to enter contact Roanna Katz on 0141 333 9585 or roanna.katz@bigpartnership.co.uk.