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Searching for new faces to form county's next big musical hope

October 31, 2013

YellowBrix

THE brightest young musical talent in Notts is invited to audition for a new supergroup.

The second annual search for a group to light up the music industry is on the hunt for 13 to 19-year-olds in the region.

Notts County Council's youth arts team is running the search after helping last year's supergroup, New Communication, to release an EP and perform at several high-profile shows, including a show ahead of this year's Ashes at Trent Bridge. The band - eight youngsters aged from 17 to 20 - included rappers, pianists, guitarists and singers.

They also set to play at the Royal Concert Hall alongside Nottingham singer Nina Smith on December 3. Singer Mitchell Ndema, of Hillcot Drive, in Aspley, said his musical influences included Adele and John Legend.

He added: Nottingham's music scene is growing. It is not a problem that we are not in London, we are developing a good reputation in the industry, which is good news for bands like ours.

Jordan Laidley, a rapper from Sherwood, added: I was so excited when we first started to jam as a group in the studio when we first formed. It just clicked and I was very pleased as we just seemed to gel so well. I don't know what the future holds but I want to ride with this band for as long as possible.

It has already been an incredible experience.

Andy Dawson, manager of the youth arts team, said: We are looking for young people for this year that can become something quite special: writing, recording and performing to the highest level. The sky's the limit.

From last year's project we have seen an amazing band become a serious player in the music scene, performing at high-profile events and going even further.

Nina Smith said: As soon as I heard about this project, I immediately wanted to be involved.

I imagined how it was for me when I was the same age as these musicians, and how an opportunity like this could have given me some real direction and drive to continue doing what I love doing.

The audience I'm hoping this will attract is like-minded young musicians who could benefit from the performances and Q & A sessions set up.

Neil Bennison, music programme manager at the city's Royal Concert Hall, said: This forthcoming event promises to be a real celebration of up-and-coming talent in Nottinghamshire.

Nina Smith is becoming established nationally and she will work with New Communication to develop a couple of new songs to be performed that day.

It is vital we support talented young artists and it is a great opportunity for aspiring musicians. For more information, visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/enjoying/artsandculture/arts/showcase contact Reg Clegg on 01623 644 377 or e-mail reg.clegg@nottscc.gov.uk.

'' I imagined how it was for me when I was the same age as these musicians, and how an opportunity like this could have given me some real direction and drive to continue doing what I love doing Nina Smith

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