Is Talent For TV in South West London?
The producers of the new ITV UK’s reality TV show ‘The Voice Kids’ visited children at local performing arts school, Little Voices. The Principal, Ashlea Pearson, was approached by the research team from the TV show in May. The researchers had heard of their outstanding reputation for providing expert training for talented boys and girls aged 6 – 13 years in singing. The pupils had the opportunity to meet the producers and perform individually for them. The auditions took place at the Little Voices centre last Thursday. Over 20 pupils took part in the evening, performing two ‘a capella’ songs and chatting openly with the producers about themselves and their experiences.
Max Moorehouse, aged 11 years, a regular to the West End having starred in “The Railway Children’, auditioned and performed ‘Close every door’ from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and ‘Photograph’ by award winning English songwriter Ed Sheeran. Others pupils and song choices included; Arabella Coco Scanlon aged 11 years who performed ‘Memory’ From Cats the musical, Alexander Nuria aged 11 years who performed his rendition of ‘Break Free’ by Arianna Grande, Neva Jansen aged 7 years performed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen and Olivia Newby aged 10 years performed her tear dropping rendition of ‘When we were young’ by Adele.
Pupils also talked to the producers about their passions outside of performing arts including fundraising and campaigning against animal rights. It was clear that there is talent in Wandsworth and that the next generation are going to be impressively involved with making a big difference with their music and ambitions as they grow up. The confidence of these young people shone so brightly and is something that Little Voices Principal, Ashlea, is passionate to nurture in young people.
She said, “It is so fantastic to see these children having this unique experience here within their own performing arts lessons. I am so proud of how each and every child has not only performed but has confidently been interviewed. Drama and Singing training is not just fun and about ‘the stage performance’ it is about life skills and the next generation receiving additional education to set them up for life with presentation, confidence, eye contact and self belief. At Little Voices we pride ourselves in providing outstanding tuition, expert guidance, support and traditional methods of teaching drama and singing, our pupils’ natural talents can flourish here. So much so that they are already climbing up the ladder!”
The Voice Kids is due to launch in 2017 on ITV following the success of the British adult version, The Voice UK which included winners Kevin Simm and Stevie McCrorie. The open audition applications are open until the 2 September 2016, presenters and coaches are due to be announced soon for the new junior version.
Little Voices were celebrating this opportunity on Social Media this weekend. The Little Voices team, parents and pupils are eagerly awaiting to hear about the next stage of auditions.