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Music contest in Bristol, Open Mic UK, has provided music industry feedback for singers at the Bristol auditions at St George’s! The 2012 auditions for national music competition Open Mic UK began at the weekend and the music contest in Bristol saw hundreds of singers, songwriters and solo artists audition in front of the Open Mic UK industry experts.
Judging the music contest in Bristol were Richard Parsons from Rooflight Production, singer-songwriter Simon Cooper, Ben Woodward from Artist Studios Bristol, booking agent Mark Woodruff and Head of Future Music Chris Grayston.
Find industry feedback below. Please be aware views expressed by judges are opinions and subjective to that particular judging panel. These views in no way reflect the views of Open Mic UK, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts. Please take the feedback on board with a view to helping in the future.
The feedback from the music contest in Bristol is selective and not provided for all audition acts. The judges have provided selective feedback to the acts that stood out for the right, or wrong reasons. Every single act who made it through to the Regional Finals will receive feedback for their Regional Final performances.
Music Contest in Bristol - Feedback 16 and under
Charlie Anne & Nathan Fogg– Good sound and it was great to see auditions being kicked off with a strong, original song. Good start but Nathan we want to see you! Work on looking up.
Oakley Orchard– Very confident for 10. Sang nice long phrases just needs to look up and engage with his audience.
Shannon Jewell– Would advise doing a less obvious cover with more volume.
Casey– Great blues voice. Very confident and good eye contact.
Eloise Weeks– Good ease of projection and nice attitude, just need to slow down slightly.
Isabelle– Lovely soft, smoky voice. Would love to see more eye contact.
Ashleigh & Charlie– Awesome harmonies and sweet tone, lovely on the ear.
Niamh– Great try but would be even better if you improve your confidence.
JohnnyShipton – Nice tone to his voice and very clear diction, perhaps pick a less common cover.
Kiera Osment– Lovely rasp to her vocal with the confidence not to rush the song, which is very easy to do.
Anna Baines– Love the fact you smiled through the whole performance. Good song writing, just need to work on intonation.
Phoebe Lea– A dynamic performance. Phoebe portrayed passion but needs to work on projection.
Music Contest in Bristol more industry feedback
Chloe Turvey– Interesting character; different and original. Try not to sacrifice tone for volume.
Maddy Cake– Good, just try not to rush through the song. Relax and learn to express more emotion.
Phoebe– Good voice. Confident throughout the performance but be careful with your guitar tuning.
Jasmine Ford– Great tone. Look to work on strengthening the projection of your vocal.
Georgia Tarring– You showed us you could do lots with your voice. Good projection and tone but take care with your breathing.
Lizzie Morris– Good expression, try and work on your individual style to make you stand out.
Joe – Very natural performance with good timing.
Phoebe Townsend & Ellie Kirtley– Lovely song but need to work on harmonies to give greater depth to the vocal.
Anya– Very theatrical and great expression, think more pop going forward for Open Mic.
Immy Ackland– Great version of the song, she really made it her own.
Nat– Would have definitely brought in some beats to help you perform as you lost the tempo and flow slightly.
Elliot Bastin– Good composition and nice tone just work on expression and eye contact in future.
Music Contest in Bristol – Feedback 17 – 22
Joshua Smith– Very powerful vocal.
Grace– Nice sound, very musical. Maybe practice a variety of sounds in your voice to be diverse.
Adam Hodges– Good tone on the whole. Adam just needs to work on his confidence and watch the pitch of the higher notes.
Laura– Lovely soft tones but you are definitely capable of a higher range. Give it a try.
Ellie– Nice smooth range but try and add more emotion.
Rosanna– Lovely classical style that you’re applying well to contemporary songs.
Oliver– Good emotion in your voice but try turning up the volume.
Danielle– You’ve got an advanced falcetto but try out some louder tones on the high notes. It will make it easier.
Sophia Doughty– Powerful voice. Learn to slow down and relax more into the song.
Steph – Love what you do but tell us your story more, connect with the audience.
Belle– Really like the sound of your voice but you’ve got potential to do more. Try adding attitude.
Sarah – Great voice but go a bit louder to express the meaning of the words you’re singing.
Jimmy Ireland– Good arrangement. Loved the funky element he brought to the cover really making it his own. Just needs to look up more.
Flora– You suit classical well but I think you could go even higher.
Meg– Good character. It would be good for you to try quieter, breathy sounds to give contrast.
Rachel Hill– A fun song but perhaps in future look at picking a song which is more current and less theatrical to suit Open Mic.
Richard Morelli– One of the best original songs of the day, very tuneful and catchy. Nice guitar picking.
Dominic– Very good. Try and go higher next time.
Tom Leigh– Great original sound. Lovely haunting song, conveyed with a distant look in the eye.
Triinu– Intriguing style but practice working on your projection.
Louise– Very unique sound, but try a bit more variety with your range and volume.
Chris Ostler– Smooth performance. We loved the intro idea of whistling to make it a bit more unique. You can go louder though.
Music Contest in Bristol – Feedback 23 and over
Cori Evans– Good work Cori, lovely voice. Perhaps start thinking about your image on stage.
Nicola – Keep going! Go louder it helps you connect to the song and express more.
Becky– Lots of soul in your voice, really like the sound. Just connect a little bit more with your audience.
Sam Bensted– Nice mellow vocal but work on posture and expression to look more natural.
Robert Jackson–Lovely sultry tone. A little Bublélike giving the original song a nice vibe.
Martin Holland– Loved the song. Well done.
Tina– Love the soft, high notes. Great song, but perhaps express even more emotion.
Lucy– Nice soft sounds but work on your speech quality slightly with the lower notes.
Henry– Interesting performance but try to connect more with your audience.
Jeremy– Great classical tenor tone. Really like the voice.
Eleanor– Good singing but you could go even louder.
Jerry– Nice sound but you don’t need to use so much air. You can get your sound without pushing too hard.
Nigel – Very powerful, maybe try a more breathy tone. That would give good contrast to the song.
Terry– Excellent work, very impressed. Try going a bit louder next time to make it even stronger.
Clare– Consistent, lovely tone to your voice but don’t be scared to go a bit louder.
Angie - Wow, great power and good gravelly tones. Lovely volume but try to use less air. You can do it safer, stronger and with less effort.
Julie– Lovely sound Julie. Perhaps have a shorter intro in future.
James– Nice and consistent. Practice different voice types to add more variety and character to your singing.
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