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Singers and songwriters received feedback at the Manchester music auditions

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Manchester Music Auditions: Open Mic UK had its Manchester music auditions this weekend at Studio 25, Manchester. The Manchester music auditions saw the area’s singers and songwriters perform in a bid to win a place in Open Mic UK’s regional final!

Feedback was given to selected singers and songwriters by a panel of music industry judges at the Manchester music auditions, they included:

  • Darran Barker from DB Management.
  • Edward Smith a music manager.
  • Peter Ross from Astar Studios.
  • Bob Young a professional singer/performer. 
  • Jill Bowyer from Salford City Radio.

Manchester Music Auditions: 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.

Manchester Music Auditions – Singer’s Feedback

Under 16s

Dario Knott – Very confident performance. You brought lots of emotion to it; you could feel the connection to the song (DB). Good projection and you’ve got a nice range (ES). You’ve got strong vocals but you need to work on your phrasing as it’s slightly affected (BY). Nice to see a passionate performance and a good connection with the audience (JB).

Alicia Pollard – Nice voice and good control. Just need to bring more expression to the performance, click here for more on singing with facial expression (PR). You’ve got a nice sound, you did come across a little nervous, don’t forget to smile and look like you’re enjoying the performance. Please read this article for advice on building your vocal confidence (JB). 

Josie McEvey – You can’t beat a bit of opera. Great vocal control and range (DB). Loved the operatic start and the soulful mashup. Your song choice was a confident one, well done for that (ES). Very individual performance, demonstrating a range of singing skills (JB). Outstanding potential and such great control (PR). 

Isaac Kennedy – Outstanding. Great playing and really nice tone of voice (PR). Lovely sound Isaac. Work on connecting with the audience, a bit of eye contact and a smile to show personality would really help your performance, click here for more tips on performing on stage (JB). You played the guitar confidently, which is great to see! Good vocals and control (DB). 

Jake McKechnie – Very strong performer. Nice guitar playing (PR). Wonderful Jake! Good eye contact and expression. Lovely sound (JB).  Confident and strong performance. Great range and tone. Work on your projection, sounded a little shouty in places, click here for ways to achieve better vocal projection (ES). Gets better every year. Good vocal control (DB). 

Harrison Langham – Amazing vocally, one to watch! Great image. Wow (DB)! Strong range, great projection and good tone (ES). Good vocal standard. Pay more attention to breathing, sounded distorting in places, click here for breathing exercises for singing (BY). Super control. Like the way you expressed the song and didn’t shout. Very good audition (PR). 

Lauren Glynn – Relax a bit more and it’ll help you come across better. Make sure you practise loads (JB). Nice projection and good range (ES). I know you’re nervous but try to relax. Have a read of this article aimed at you beat those nerves; click here for building stage confidence (DB). 

Tash Gandy – Good image, strong vocals and great delivery (DB). Good presentation. You need to work on some of the tone, but well done (JB). Remember to choose a song that allows you to make it your own, click here for the importance of song choice (BY). 

Manchester Music Auditions – Open Mic UK 

16-20s

Aryssa Wiseman – Strong voice, but be careful not to get screechy, it happened a couple of times. Click here for tips on how to achieve better vocal projection (JB). You’ve got a strong range and a good tone (ES). 

Steph Ball – Great confidence. Loved the attitude (DB). Confident performance, great guitar playing and nice falsetto (ES). You gave a good connection to the audience, good performance (JB). Passionate and confident performance! Excellent (BY). You’ve got fantastic potential to do well in this competition (PR). 

Sara Crompton – Original song that was well-written. Good tone (ES). Nice vocals. Bringing more emotion to your performance would benefit, click here for more on singing with emotion (DB). You’ve got a nice vocal. You just need to bring more energy into the performance (PR). 

Victoria Chesterton – Good vocal and a nice song (PR). You’ve got a great image. Nice, clear vocals (DB). Good vocals, but make sure you working on your breathing and projection to help develop your future performances, click here for how to achieve better vocal projection and for breathing exercises for singing (ES). 

Victoria Carney – Very strong vocals. Great delivery. Lovely emotions (DB). Strong vocal. Great tone and control. Powerful and soulful performance (PR). You’ve got a powerful voice. Relax into your performance, don’t let nerves get the better of you. You don’t need to try too hard to impress (JB). 

Pia Burrow – Controlled performance. Strong vocals (BY). Strong projection. Confident performance. Nice tone and good range (ES). You’ve got a musical theatre feel to your vocal. Very strong performer (PR). 

Robert Slater – Strong voice. Not sure the song choice was right for you! Click here for the importance of song choice (BY). Good presentation to your audition (JB). 

Judge’s Feedback for Manchester Music Auditions

21 and Overs

Leanne Hesketh – Your voice is strong and there are signs of potential. Perhaps working with a vocal coach will help bring out the strongest parts of your voice, click here for the importance of singing lessons (PR). Nice presentation. Work on holding the notes so they stand out more (JB). 

Jemma Tranter – There’s a nice warmth in your voice (JB). There’s quality in your voice, but the song choice didn’t do it justice, click here for the importance of song choice (BY). 

Ian Oster – You brought a lot of good expression to your audition. Such a confident performance (JB). There’s some quality to your vocals, it was just a little pitchy in places (BY). You looked very smart!

Zoey Jones - Nice presentation. Good sound and good connection with the audience (JB). Fabulous (PR)!!! You’ve got a good, jazz vocal skills (BY). 

Danielle Hilton – Guitar well played. Well written and good structure. Good tone and range. Nice change in tempo (ES). Really nicely written song and good vocal (PR). Nice original song, well presented (JB). 

Cat Ogden – Good song choice, click here for more on the importance of song choice. Well performed (PR). Nicely presented. Good engagement with the audience (JB). 

Jordan – Good confident performance. Liked the guitar and vocal (PR). Really good sound Jordan. You’ve got a really nice range (JB). 

Vivian – Good audition. However the song choice was a bit too big for you; click here for the importance of song choice (PR). Keep practising, there’s room for more improvement! Keep it up (JB). 

MANCHESTER MUSIC AUDITIONS

Singers and songwriters successful through the Manchester music auditions have progressed onto the Manchester Regional Final which will be held on Sunday 4th October 2015 Royal Northern College of Music Opera Theatre, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD.

If you’re interested in receiving industry feedback from your performance, then why not enter singing contest Open Mic UK! 

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