Some of the best young musicians in the district will be competing in an exciting new music contest in February.
The event, named Class Acts, will celebrate the incredible musical talent of secondary school pupils across the district and give them the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of their class-mates, other schools and their families.
So far, The Petersfield School, Bedales School, Bohunt School and Treloar School and College have all signed up and will be nominating one act each to perform at the special event, to be held on a revised date of Tuesday 5 February 2019.
The act can be of any genre, from a classical solo singer to a heavy metal band – the aim of the event is to showcase a variety of musical talent.
The schools can choose their act in any way they wish, they can hold heats or auditions, request submissions or just choose a well-known school performer.
Organised by East Hampshire District Council and Rocksteady Music School, the event has been organised to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week– a national campaign by charity Place2Be designed to shine the spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
Local charity Havant and East Hants MIND will be supporting the event that will not only be a fantastic evening of music but will also promote vital messages about the importance of young people looking after their own and their friends’ mental health.
Every school that submits an entry to the competition will receive an allocation of tickets for their fellow pupils to attend and cheer them on, the tickets are free but there will be donation buckets for Havant and East Hants MIND at the event.
Class Acts will be held at Old Thorns Hotel in Liphook and will feature a panel of judges selecting winners in three different categories: Best Act, Best Performance and MIND Special Recognition Award. Exciting prizes, which include a recording studio session, will be awarded to the winners.
Cllr Bill Mouland, ward councillor for Bramshott and Liphook and involved in organising the event, said: “The aim of Class Acts is to get youngsters from every school in the district together to compete in a music talent competition, have a great time and take some very important messages away with them regarding mental health.
“It’s brilliant that we’ve had four of the schools sign up already, but we’re hoping to get the other eight signed up very soon!”