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London stage performance tips for the Open Mic UK London under 16s Regional Finals!

London Stage Performance Tips

London stage performance tips: National singing competition Open Mic UK held its Regional Finals at The Beck Theatre, London this weekend and saw London’s best singers, songwriters and solo artists take to the stage in their bids to impress a music industry judging panel and capacity crowd.

The regional finals were judged by music industry specialists who have provided stage performance tips for each of the acts that performed. The people the London musicians wanted to impress were Drive time presenter Westside FM Peter Slenett, WS Music’s Winston Sela, vocal tutor Lee Webster, Dominique Pizzinat from The School of Rhythm, vocal coach from The Voice Jay, Zydre Sicher from Artistic Me, representatives of Samurai Sound and international music examiner Stuart Slater. 

London’s regional final was rounded off by our guest act Ben McKelvey.

London stage performance tips – Feedback for Open Mic UK 2014 Under 16s

Check out the 16-20 London stage performance tips here, and check out the 21 and Over London stage performances tips here.

London stage performance tips: 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 Future - Always a difficult one to open the show, especially in a big venue like this! Like the voice but as a band could be tighter and watch image as a group, click here for tips on image.  Would like to see you with more experience.

Tai – Made good use of the stage, engaged with the piece, vocally secure (although watch head voice), nice expressive touches. Some plosive consonants into the mic today, click here for microphone techniques.

Colette – Strong guitar, reliable vocal. Your personality really came through. Great attention to image – try though to present the two of you as a package –difficult to see an identify but definitely something there. Liked it. Click here for tips on duos or groups.

Jasmin – Smooth and considered. Liked the image. Watch pitch and support in lowest register, although good choice of material to vary rhythms and range. Needs just a little more polish and try to avoid the breaks which affected momentum; a vocal coach will be able to help you with this, click here for the importance of voice training.

London stage performance tips - feedback

Daisy Benson - Best so far vocally, clear character and colour, would like to see a wider repertoire. Top half for sure. One or two pitch breaks but a good performance. 

JJ and Oscar – Really like the cute, cheeky chappie image at this age. Coupled with a vocal security. I can see why this would be popular. Definite commercial potential ….(Watch plosive consonants into the mic), click here for microphone techniques.

Gaby – Did not expect this to be quite so controlled! Great choice of material, audience participation and the beginnings of stage confidence – well done here. Now aim for greater dynamic range and contrast and give more consideration to image, click here for advice on dynamics. 

ZJT – Another unexpected performance! What a voice and style for someone so young! Not sure the guitar added anything, but composed and musical. With advice on image and presentation could be marketable, click here for tips on image. Definitely individual. 

Jahna – Great attention to image, and you painted the words with body language which suited the mood. Continue with the vocal development – scope for more contrast, range and exactness, but something there with more experience and training. A vocal coach will be able to help you develop further, click here for the importance of voice training.

Charley – Smooth tone, great articulation and well projected allowing commendable stylistic contrast. As an act, needs a commercial edge and more confidence to fill the stage, click here for advice on building confidence. Remember to move around during the instrumentals to avoid looking static, click here for tips on performance.

Jessica – Great material choice, well delivered vocally, but guitar work (tone?) detracted, and give attention to image (sorry!). Would be keen to see again with a different stylistic identity. Something there though, click here for tips on image.

Margaux - Another surprising vocal delivery and confidence in delivery! As a commercial act, try to think about how to use the stage and watch image, click here for stage presence. Great vocals though. Well done! 

Francheska - Well considered image suited age and material choice. Difficult range well attempted, dynamic contrast evident and an understanding of performance shown. Inevitably ongoing vocal training required but at this age, there is a clear commercial edge. 

Snajina – Settled into the performance, full of expression and when you connected your tone was rich and engaging. You seemed quite nervous and it showed in your performance, click here for advice on building confidence. There is promise here.

Tayah - Vocally a little flat in places (sorry!) but a lovely smile and with further training could do well. A vocal coach will be able to help you develop, click here for the importance of voice training.

London stage performance tips - feedback

Amber – Great vocals! Give thought to your image, and work on colour and ornamentation, but a solid technical foundation. As your confidence increases, your stagecraft will develop. Do stick at it.

Trilogy – Great idea, not quite nailed. Watch exactness of harmony intonation. These interpretations are always subjective and you split the judges today. Creative and creditable. 

Emily Lane – Mature performance with emotion and a sense of performance, click here for tips on singing with emotion. Nice contrast too as the piece developed. Needs an edge though – couldn't quite connect with the delivery….

Aylis – Great attempt at a brave song choice, click here for the importance of song choice. I sensed some intensification (try to develop this), but an underlying tentativeness did come through. Aim to fill the stage with your presence – this will come with more experience, click here for stage presence.

Maria –I enjoyed this. It’s difficult to hold attention in this style and you succeeded. Interesting colorful voice and the simplicity of image worked. Watch diction though – cannot hear all the words clearly and this did affect the story telling, click here for advice on diction.

Megan – Not sure what to make of this! The idea was good, and the song choice was correct for the supporting dancers. The contrast of movement around the static vocal part also worked. Image was great…..it split the judges though, and I think the dancing wasn’t quite at the level of the performance, click here for tips on performance. It won't be long though – with further work you are going to be great!

Zamara and Sara - Microphone use needs review to ensure better balance, click here for microphone techniques. Watch plosive consonants also. Microphone techniques aside, an interesting act, with some great vocal and commercial promise  There is also an awareness of style and use of stage. Good potential here….

Cameo – Stylish performance - strong, interesting voice. Great resonance. Do work on engaging with and feeding off the audience a little more, click here for tips on performance.

Liberty – A great attempt to present with a degree of performance. Try to hold eye contact with the audience – this will of course come as your confidence grows. Much potential here!

Dana- Soulful tone, held the sparse moments well, vocally confident and technically secure for the most part (scope for greater exactness in some intervallic placements and upper values strained a little). Good attempt to use the stage, click here for stage presence. The act also needs an edge and clearer identity. 

Sapphire – What a fantastic dress! Worthy of any stage. Notwithstanding age low range needs more support and intonation could be more consistent, vocal coaches can help you with this, click here for the importance of voice training. This said you became much more projected in chest voice and the big moments were well taken! Promise here as a vocal performer. 

London stage performance tips– Open Mic UK singing competition

All successful acts from the Open Mic UK Regional Finals will be performing at the Open Mic UK 2014 London & East Final on Sunday 23rd November at The Beck Theatre.

Come along to see the best unsigned talent in London and its surrounding areas!

Don’t miss out showcasing your talent to music industry judges. You can enter Open Mic UK now!

Alternatively, if you’re aged 19 and under, enter national singing competition TeenStar now!

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