Junior X Factor is back for musical youngsters

The Junior  X Factor finalists from 2013.
The Junior X Factor finalists from 2013.

Young people with a musical talent are being urged to

enter a competition which is now in its sixth year.

The 2015 Junior X Factor talent contest was launched this week, with heats scheduled for next month.

It is organised by the Great Bowden Recital Trust music charity, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year.

The trust’s chief executive Andrew Cartwright said: “This is the largest and most established competition of its type in the Market Harborough area.

“It is completely free to enter and even the tickets to the finals are free of charge so that parents, family and friends can support our local, talented young musicians without it being a burden on their pocket.”

The contest is for school Years 1 to 13.

Entrants must live within 15 miles of Market Harborough and the contest is open to singers or instrumentalists, individuals and ensembles.

The heats will be at Great Bowden Village Hall, in The Green, as follows.

Years 10 to 13 on Friday, March 13; Years 7 to 9 on Saturday, March 14; and Years 1 to 6 on Sunday, March 15.

The final is scheduled for the bigger venue of Market Harborough Congregational Church’s Jubilee Hall, in Bowden Lane, Harborough, on Friday, March 20.

Multiple entries in each category are allowed but not on the same instrument.

At the auditions, entrants are asked to perform one piece of up to four minutes in front of a panel of judges.

Youngsters are able to play with a backing track CD if they like or can play without accompaniment.

Each age group category champion will win £50 of vouchers from sponsors, the MH Music shop, in St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, with the overall competition winner earning an additional £100 in vouchers.

Additionally, the most promising instrumentalist and most promising vocalist will win £250 towards their music lessons, funded by the recital trust.

The top three in each age category will also win engraved glass trophies.

To enter, people must fill in a registration form at the website www.gbrecitaltrust.co.uk.

More details are also available by emailing info@gbrecitaltrust.co.uk.

The deadline for all entry forms is Saturday, March 1.

All entrants will then be contacted with confirmation of their rehearsal slot.

“We are asking all parents, school music teachers, instrument and vocal teachers, music shop owners, friends and relations to help us make sure that this opportunity is a hugely successful event,” added Mr Cartwright.

“There are very few opportunities for young people to compete against each other for prizes of up to £750, so it will be worth them entering.”