Talented young dancers, musicians and bands are being invited to compete for the chance to appear in a star-studded variety show at the Mayflower Theatre.
The WesseX Factor Talent contest kicks off with local heats in October and November, with the winner appearing alongside a host of top acts at the Wessex Heartbeat
25th Birthday Variety Show on Sunday April 30, 2017.
Since it began fundraising in 1992, Wessex Heartbeat has raised more than £13 million to provide crucial improvements at the Wessex Cardiac Centre at Southampton General Hospital, as well as cutting-edge equipment, clinical education and research.
The charity’s chief executive John Munro, said: “Our Birthday Variety Show will be the perfect celebration of our work to date and an exciting start to the next 25 years of fundraising – and we want talented, local youngsters to be part of it.”
He continued: “Whether you are a solo musician, a group of street dancers, or even a band that practises in your garage, we want to invite everyone to our heats to compete for a place in the spotlight.”
The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir, which reached number one in the charts at Christmas with their rendition of Something Inside So Strong, will be on the bill of the Heartbeat 25th Birthday Variety Show.
Carnival UK, a major supporter of Wessex Heartbeat will also be providing headline acts from its P&O and Cunard ships.
Carnival UK chief executive David Noyes, said: “We are delighted to support Wessex Heartbeat in this show which nurtures and showcases young and local talent. It is set to be a fantastic evening.” WesseX Factor heats will take place at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in Southampton on Friday October 14, at Itchen College, Southampton on Friday October 21 and at South Downs College, Waterlooville on Thursday November 3.
The top four acts from each heat will go to the Final at the Concorde Club in Eastleigh on Tuesday November 22, 2016
Acts will be charged £10 to take part in the WesseX Factor heats, with spectator tickets costing £5 per person. Tickets to watch the Final will cost £10.
All proceeds will go to Wessex Heartbeat’s work supporting local heart patients.
To enter The WesseX Factor or to buy tickets to the shows contact Ken Wilde on: 02380 706095 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries must be in by September 23.
Tickets to the heats will also be available on the door (subject to availability)
For more information on Wessex Heartbeat email: email@example.com or phone: 023 8070 6095.
Students of the Parkewood School of Dance visited Wessex Heartbeat House to register the first entry for the charity’s new talent show. Pictured are Charlotte Farrett-Poulton and Izzy Tyler (front), Callum Munro (Fundraising officer, Wessex Heartbeat) receiving their form from Genevieve Dodson and Jasmine Arber.