A chain of schools has given the stars of tomorrow an extra-curricular boost by organising a West Norfolk’s Got Talent competition.
The competition, allowing pupils to show off their skills, was the second such event run by the West Norfolk Academies Trust.
“There’s so much talent in West Norfolk and students who wouldn’t necessarily have the confidence to enter in person on a stage in front of an audience, felt comfortable submitting a video and taking part virtually, so that really widened the scope of applicants for the second staging,” said Hayley Roberts, the trust’s director of engagement.
Entries ranged from singing, dancing and poetry recitation to musical performance.
“One of the biggest things we learned was the success of the trust’s devotion to teaching instrumental music. We had a huge number of instrumentalist entrants, which means our musical investment is working.
“We take the arts very seriously at our schools, as we think they build key life skills like confidence and commitment,” said Ms Roberts.
The overall winner of the first prize of £100 worth of Amazon vouchers was 11-year-old Tom Doig, a Year Six pupil at West Lynn Primary school.
“I’ve got my Grade 3 piano exam coming up in July and played two pieces, Prelude in C Minor by Bach and Innocence by Johann Friedrich Burgmuller, which is one of my exam pieces, as those are the two I like playing the most,” said Tom, adding he was surprised and extremely happy to have won.
Second prize also went to West Lynn primary, for sisters Amelia and Elise King’s poetry recitation.
“Last time we entered singing together and this time we decided to do a poem, called Animal Instinct by James Carter, from a book mum bought us,” said Year Four pupil Amelia.
Third place went to Year Five tap dancer Isobel Garside-Ansell, from Gaywood Primary School.
“I chose the song Roxanne from the film Moulin Rouge, but that was after making a long list of songs, dancing to them all and then choosing my best performance,” said Isobel, who learns dance at Studio 19 dance school in King’s Lynn.
Fellow Year Five Gaywood pupil Josh Newman was also a runner up after his trumpet playing impressed judges and he received vouchers.
Ms Roberts said the competition had kept students’ spirits up at a time when it was easy to feel low.
“As we speak we are working on end-of-year summer concerts which at one point we thought would never be possible,” she said.