Musicians from Harborough and the surrounding district have been celebrating success at this year’s Junior X Factor contest.
The finals of the fifth annual competition took place at Harborough’s Welland Park Academy on Saturday.
The event is organised by Great Bowden Recital Trust as part of its work to provide performance opportunities for young people in the area.
This year’s competition had more entrants than ever before.
It was open to children and young people from school Years 1 to 13 who live within 15 miles of Harborough and who either sing, play a musical instrument or perform in a group.
Judges Andrew Cartwright, Kathryn Cartwright, Melanie Reinhard and Debbie Smith listened to an entrant every seven minutes for 11 hours the previous weekend to select the 12 finalists.
Mr Cartwright said: “The standard is usually extremely high, but this year saw all the finalists step up to the mark even more than ever before.
“It was a phenomenal evening showcasing the breadth and depth of the huge amount of young musical talent that Harborough has to offer – we can’t wait until next year.”
Mr Cartwright added that all the finalists performed superbly in front of a highly appreciative audience.
The winner was Katie Marshall who performed Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s arrangement of Pie Jesu.
Runner-up was Ria Cousins who sang Do You Want to Build a Snowman from the movie Frozen.
And third place went to Lucy Astbury, who performed At Last by Etta James.
Special prizes were awarded to Ella Barney on flute as the most promising performer on an orchestral instrument and again to Katie as the most promising vocalist on the evening.
Winners were awarded vouchers for the MH Music shop in Harborough, trophies and music lessons.