Want to make music and play on Gorleston Bandstand?

Last years competition was won by girl duo Emily and Erin.

Last years competition was won by girl duo Emily and Erin. - Credit: Archant

Amateur singers and musicians are polishing their performances ahead of auditions for this year’s Gorleston Makes Music competition.

As well as being in with a chance of taking home a top prize of £250, the singers and musicians in Gorleston Rotary Club’s fourth annual music festival will also be competing for the chance to record in a local studio.

Auditions take place on Tuesday July 15 from noon to 7pm at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, where performers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry forms, available from Stuart Hall at stuarthall1947@live.co.uk, should be returned before June 30.

Gorleston Makes Music is open to any musician, singer, group, band, or choir of any age and genre for whom music is not their main source of income.

A panel of experienced musicians will choose six acts at the auditions to perform in the competition final, which takes place on the Rotary Bandstand, Gorleston, on Sunday August 21.

Performers will appear before an audience of local people and holidaymakers, who will be invited to bring a picnic.

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The top three acts in the final will be chosen by a panel of judges and will pick up cash prizes.

In addition to the winner’s prize of £250, the runner-up will receive £100 and the third-placed act £50.

The other finalists will receive £25 per act as a contribution to their expenses.

Last year’s competition was won by girl duo Emily and Erin.

Gorleston Rotary’s president Peter Church urged local singers and musicians to take part in this year’s auditions, which could take one act straight to the recording studio. “It’s a very exciting competition, with some great prizes this year,” he said. “We’re very proud of this event, which is a wonderful showcase for some of the most talented people in our community. I do hope as many people as possible enter for what should be a really thrilling competition,” he said.

The club is seeking sponsors for the event, including each of the prizes, and interested companies are asked to contact the organiser Brian Ollington at brian.sally.o@gmail.com.

More information about the event can be found on its Facebook page @GorlestonMakesMusic.