College Talent Earns Praise From BBC DJ
Kensington and Chelsea College students dazzled DJ Ace from BBC Radio 1Xtra after staging their own West London version of the hit ITV series Britain’s Got Talent.
The KCC Talent Show, which also earned the nickname West London’s Got Talent, featured musicians, singers and poets.
London based Hip-Hop band Pegasus Famz also made a guest appearance on the night to officially open the competition with a roof raising performance of their latest songs.
The final eight acts competing in the Talent Show had been whittled down from a series of auditions held across the college.
DJ Ace, one half of the celebrity duo Ace and Viz from BBC Radio 1Xtra, was among the judging panel tasked with selecting the winning act of the night.
Despite fierce competition student Vanessa Mansaray emerged as the triumphant winner after impressing the judges with her rendition of Billie Holiday’s Summertime.
DJ Ace said:
‘Being a judge was a lot of fun but it wasn’t easy picking a winner. There were a lot of talented acts to choose from. The enthusiasm from performers and support from the audience created a lot of great energy for the event. The students who organised the show should be proud as they did a good job of producing it.’
12 students studying Business Enterprise under the College’s Alternative Schools Programme staged the Talent Show as part of their course.
Planning for the production started in early January under the guidance of College Youth Worker Corey Simms and Course Tutor Aaron Takyi, who both also hosted the event on the night.
The group took on different tasks including event publicity, ticket sales and venue research to bring the project together
Tristan Bearman, Course Director for the College’s Alternative Schools Programme, said:
‘The students really threw themselves in to the project and have worked hard to ensure the Talent Show’s success. By staging the entire event themselves the students have developed a range of skills in a creative way. The Alternative Schools Programme is very much about finding creative and practical ways to engage and develop students who are not in mainstream education.’
The Talent Show was held at the college’s Wornington Centre and attracted a large audience. The funds generated from tickets sales will be used to support further student projects under the Alternative Schools programme.
Date published: 6 April 2011