Derby, United Kingdom, April 17, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Twelve talented students and lecturers battled it out for the title of Derby College Has Got Talent winner at the Roundhouse last night (Thursday April 14).
The 200-strong audience were treated to an evening of singers, rappers, musicians, dancers and a magician as well as a guest appearance from headline act Trinity Warriors, the Derby-based street dance crew who were finalists in television’s "Got to Dance."
The judges at the event, organised by the Derby College Student Union, were College Deputy Chief Executive Mandie Stravino, the Mayor of Derby Cllr Amar Nath, former Student Union president Amy Scott, Principal of Razzamataz Theatre School Shanley Booth and Derby Live Learning and Inclusion Manager Kim Miller.
They declared the winner to be comedy dancer Ben Thompson (20) – a performing arts student based at the Joseph Wright Centre with singer KerryAnne Sharma (18) second and another singer Christina Bayes (17) third – who are both studying Health and Social Care at The Roundhouse.
Ben, who is no stranger to the stage having appeared in the city’s Fame Factor and under-studied at the Christmas Aladdin pantomime this year, said: “I was really pleased with my performance and delighted that I have won. I hope to actually be organising this event next year rather than performing in it as I am standing for Student Union President next year and this is one of our main showcase and fund raising events of the year.”
This year’s Student Union President Shareen Akhtar said: “The evening was a huge success and a great showcase for the talented students and staff that we have here at Derby College.
“We were also able to announce that fund raising at the event, added to the work we have already done including supermarket bag packing and fun days at the different College sites had enabled us to reach our target of £10,000 which is being divided between Cancer Research, the NSPCC at the Student Union.”
Sarah Jenkin-Jones, PR Officer, Derby College, Tel: 07951 945 665; firstname.lastname@example.org