How you can play an easy part in a contest at Clapton to find a new clutch of talented Londoners

Jessica Odeleye 2017 © Michael Bourke
Stunning: Jessica Odeleye, balletic winner of the 2017 talent contest
Anna17: winner of Anna Fiorentini stage school talent contest at Clapton Girls’ Academy Laura Place, Lower Clapton E5 0RB 181117 © david,altheer@gmail,com
Judgment: the Anna Fiorentini talent adjudicators watch Odeleye

* Update 191117: The winner, the judges agreed unanimously (true: Loving Dalston overhead their deliberations), was Jessica Odeleye, above, of Hackney

 

Ali Bastian, blonde, and other judges for Anna Fiorentini stage school entrants in talent contest at Clapton Girls’ Academy Laura Place, Lower Clapton E5 0RB 181117 © david,altheer@gmail,com
One of the judges: actor Ali Bastian

LONDON IS RICH in theatrical and musical talent especially, for some reason, the northeast part of this city. Or is that just the perception of an obviously biased website?

The challenge is to push that talent towards success by giving it a start. On Saturday 18 November 2017 you can help the process by making up part of the audience for Fiorentini’s Got Talent, a contest held by the Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School.

Students from Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Camden and Greenwich will perform to impress a panel of industry professionals. Previous winners include Jermain Jackman in 2012, who went on to win the English TV version of The Voice in 2014.

Ali Bastian, Becca in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, and six other industry professionals will make up this year’s judging panel.

Anna17: Anna Fiorentini stage school entrants in talent contest at Clapton Girls’ Academy Laura Place, Lower Clapton E5 0RB 181117 © david,altheer@gmail,com
Founder: Anna Fiorentini

TV shows such as The Voice have boosted interest in talent contests — the Mayor’s Music Awards show, below, was held at the Hackney Empire earlier this month.

So if you missed that, head for Clapton on Saturday.

Hamish Scott 151117

* Fiorentini’s Got Talent will be staged at Clapton Girls’ Academy, Laura Place, Lower Clapton E5 0RB, on Sat 18 Nov 2017, 7pm-9pm, entrance £10 (profits to the Fiorentini Foundation). Fiorentini classes are held at the academy on Saturdays. Contact: 020 7682 1403 

Hackney©
Gospel: entrants in the council’s annual talent contest, at the Hackney Empire

Backstory: Hackney teacher’s protégé set for stardom; Hackney wannabes  

Main picture by Michael Bourke, others by david.altheer@gmail.com, apart from gospeller pic, supplied by Hackney council

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* Council talent contest picture kindly supplied by the town hall. Others © david.altheer @ gmail,com

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