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MANCHESTER MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Manchester music opportunities at The Forum Theatre

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Manchester Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Manchester music opportunities at the weekend. The singers and songwriters came to perform in front of industry judges in the hopes of getting through the Mnchester music opportunities and onto the North West England & Scotland Area Final. 

The judging panel at the Manchester music opportunities were;

  • Darran Barker - DB Management
  • Emilio - Thresholds Festival
  • Peter Ross (Show 1 & 2) - Astar Studio
  • Jill Bowyer (Show 1) - Salford City Radio
  • Craig Patterson (Show 2 & 3) - Artist Controlled Radio
  • Cathryn (Show 2 & 3) - JustSo Festival and Wild Rumpus Events
  • James Williams - Midlands Academy of Musical Theatre

Manchester Music Opportunities: See 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 the Open Mic UK competition, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts.

Under 16's Feeback - Manchester Music Opportunities

Astrid - Natural soul and a huge amount of potential! Incredible vocal control for your age. Great use of stage and a really confident performance with lots of thought put into it. For more tips on performing on stage as a singer please click here.  

Ellie Stewart - Great voice and talented musician but no effort was made on your image, click here for the importance of singer's image. Nice interpretation of the song. Need to project more personality to engage with the audience, click here for more on performing on stage as a singer.

Amy Jane McIvor - Good singer, performer and image. Very difficult song to choose, it did not show the quality of the tone of your voice, click here for the importance of song choice. Remember to relax more into the song to hit the notes, click here for tips on dealing with nerves.

Charlie Molloy - Great potential, but need some help to develop your vocal, this is something a singing teacher can help you with, click here for finding a singing teacher. Good guitarist, click here for more on playing guitar. Performance and dynamics need work, click here for more on adding more vocal dynamics. Well done for carrying on on after the guitar lead cut out!!

Ellie Campbell - Excellent singer, after initially looking nervous at the start, click here for tips on dealing with nerves. Gave a strong, confident performance, click here for more on stage presence or using the stage. Awesome use of dynamics and great vocal control throughout, click here for more on adding more vocal dynamics.

Amber Hope - Great vocal and excellent singer! Need more experience performing live. Very difficult song choice but was sung very well, click here for the importance of song choice. Nice use of dynamics, click here for more on adding more vocal dynamics.

Evan James - Great look and clearly love performing, click here for more on stage presence. Not confident that the song suited your vocal, click here for the importance of song choice. Very individual style and good connection to the audience, click here for more on the importance of eye contact. Live piano was a really nice touch, click here for more on performing with music keyboards

Georgia Ridehalgh - Beautiful voice and outstanding performance with great vocal control. Need to work on being more relaxed when preforming, click here for tips on dealing with nerves

Fabienne Clarke - Good energy, confident and a nice soulful voice! Not a good song choice, click here for the importance of song choice. Good appropriate movement, click here for more on performing on stage for singers.

Aoife McMahon - Nice vocal cotrol but the performance was too static, click here for more on performing on stage for singers. Remember to show expression throughout the performance, click here for more on the importance of singing with facial expressions.

Millie Middleton - Nice voice, but the guitar playing limited your vocal, click here for more on performing with the guitar. Good demonstration of depth of tone and a really considered interpretation of the song. 

Emeli - Clearly a talented songwriter, singer and performer with lots of potential. Confidently delivered performance, with good use of harmony.

Daisy Mellen - Confident performance and nice song ideas. Shows promise as a songwriter, click here for more tips on songwriting. Need to develop keyboard and performance skills. Click here for more on performing with music keyboards and click here for more on performing on stage for singers. Good eye contact with the audience, click here for more on the importance of  eye contact.

Diya Nair - Very passionate singer and good performer, with a nice connection with the audience,  click here for the importance of eye contact as a singer. Perfectly in tune and well controlled vocal. Perhaps try using less arm movements while performing. 

Cerys Stockton - Difficult song choice, click here for more on the importance of song choices. Relaxed into song as performance progressed. Need to work on performing. Look to use your eye contact more to connect to your audience, click here for more on eye contact. Also look to use your body to convey the emotion in the song; for tips on performing on stage for singers click here!

Alexandra Parker - Strong, confident and fun performance and great vocal tone. Guitar playing needs to develop, click here for more on playing guitar. Work on your breathing technique, click here for more on breath control exercises.

Charlottle Grace - Cheeky and confident and well thought out performance! Great song choice and potential, click here for the importance of song choice. Good use of movement on stage, for more tips on stage performance for performing on stage for singers

Jiya - Pitch perfect performance! Need to show more passion in your performance and connect more with the words of the song, click here for more about how to sing with emotion. Work on relaxing more on stage, click here for tips on dealing with nerves.

Chania-Ella Silver - Nice, smiley and confident performance! Nice choice of song, click here for more on the importance of song choice. Need to practice more and perhaps take some vocal coaching to help with technique, click here for tips on finding a good singing teacher.

Molly - Great folky tone and control! Great song choice, click here for more on the importance of song choice. Guitar playing could still develop but outstanding potential! Click here for more on guitar playing tips.

Megan Harrington - Very strong, confident performance, especially with the timing of the stops and starts! Click here for the importance of song choice. Really difficult song to sing, but did it justice! Need to work on performance and image, click here for more on performing on stage for singers and click here for more on the importance of singer's image.

Mahnoor - Great acoustic cover. Excellent vocal control and the song choice really helped to showcase it too! Click here for more on the importance of song choice. Nice relaxed style, great potential and appropriate movement on stage.

Lori Jones Pullin - Naturally gifted singer! Very strong performance, held the audiences attention, click here for more on stage presence for singers. Need to develop image and individuality, but fantastic potential. Click here for more on the importance of singer's image.

Abi - Great performance and vocal. Really nice song choice, click here for more on the importance of song choice. Song was performed with feeling, click here for more on how to sing with emotion. Nice use of dynamics and great vocal control.

Ben Jordan - Very confident, awsome performance and great recording voice. The song had no stand out chorus, click here for more on tips on how to write a song chorus. The best part of the song was the rap section. 

Leneta - Stunning performer, great vocal control, and beautifully articulated. Need to work on confidence on stage. Look to practice as much as you can to build confidence and feel comfortable with yourself, for tips on dealing with nerves click here. 

Shay Lily - Really strong performance and a brilliant song choice! Click here for more on the importance of song choice. Very interesting voice and good vocal control.

16-20’s Feedback - Manchester Music Opportunities

Funaya -You've got an amazing vocal for your performance. The cover of the song was great, remember to keep it as original as possible, as not to imitate the original artist, click here for more on performing a creative cover.

Dilan Lamb - You've got a nice tone to your voice and a good vocal range. That was a strong cover and a nice song choice, please click here for tips on performing a creative cover and also the importance of song choice.

Veronica - Nice song choice and vocal, click here for the importance of song choice. Try to use the stage a little more, click here for more on performing on stage for singers. Keep performing, lots of potential here.

Lochlan Shaw - You've got a very nice vocal tone and gave a confident performance. It's a shame the guitar was out of tune, as this reflected poorly on your performance, click here for more on standard guitar tuning.

Megan Hamer -  A good choice of song, delivered very well! Work on your vocals so you are not clung to the top of your voice, this is something a singing teacher can help you with, click here for finding a singing teacher

Ellie Anderson - A beautiful original track! Performed to a very high standard. Keep writing and your songwriting has so much potential. Learn how to make that killer hook really catchy to keep us engaged, click here for more on writing a killer song chorus

Zoe Unsworth -  Nice choice of song! Click here for the importance of song choice. Very strong vocals. Good performance, keep practising to make it even better, click here for more on performing on stage for singers.

Sinead D’Abreu-Hayling - A great performance! Perhaps try using more of the stage, click here for more on performing on stage for singers

Jen - A great chilled version of the track. Remember to watch your timing! Also try using the stage more during your performance, click here for more on performing on stage for singers

Luke Dean - A very big choice of song! Click here for more on the importance of song choice and selecting songs that best suit your vocals. Try to control the nerves, look to practice as much as you can to build confidence and feel comfortable with yourself, for tips on dealing with nerves click here.

21 and Over's Music Feedback - Manchester Music Opportunities

Lead A Stray - Super confident performance, which is amazing! Loads of energy bought into the performance - it was great! Click here for more hints on performing on stage for singers. Fast rap so make sure you've got your diction strong so all the lyrics can be heard, click here for more on diction for singers

Casey Adam - Nice vocal tone you've got. You gave a very confident performance on stage, something that is crucial to any performance, click here for more tips on performing on stage for singers. Really liked the whole aesthetic, confident vocal delivery and performance. Maybe experiment with your dynamics even more, click here for more on vocal dynamics

Lauren Amy - Your vocal control was great, maybe experiment more with your dynamics to make your performance even better, click here for more on vocal dynamics. Loved your vocal. Perhaps think about making sure your image matches with your vocal, click here for more on singers image.

Rish - A good performance, with some really haunting vocal which engaged us instantly. Use the stage more however, as this will help bring more to the performance, click here for more tips on performing on stage for singers. The spaces in your performance where the backing track dropped out and the focus zoomed in on your voice, sounded really cool.

Hannah Thomas - Wonderful vocals as usual! Such a great choice of song, a song choice is often a defining point of any performance, well chosen! Click here for more on the importance of song choice. You performed so dynamically and a really confident vocal delivery! Work on your diction to be even clearer to your audience, click here for more on diction for singers.

Peter Green - Great version of that song! It's always important to mix up the song so you're not imitating the artist, well done! Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. It was a strong performance, would suggest experimenting more with the dynamics, click here for more on vocal dynamics

Joe - Really confident delivery! Try to delivery the dynamics to drive through the song even more, click here for more on vocal dynamics. Seemed very nervous, click here for more on dealing with nerves. You share some tones with Phil Collins. 

Katie Stelfox - Fantastic voice! Really liked the song. Bring more variety and dynamics to the performance as that will help brighten up your vocal, click here for more on vocal dynamics. The performance lacked some energy!

Emma Conner - Good narrative to the song. Really nice pace, however it needs more of a hook, something to indentify it easier, click here for more on songwriting. Perhaps try singing it in a higher key, click here for more tips on performing on stage as a singer.

Kimmy – Really unique aesthetic and a very confident performance! Maybe try experimenting with the dynamics of the song more. Perhaps try a more mainstream song. To find some more advice on the importance of song choice click here.  

Emma & Andy –  Commercial, quirky sound. Needs some coaching on support, tone, breath and stage presence, this is something a singing teacher can help you with, click here for finding a singing teacher. Not the right song choice, click here for more on importance of song choice. Some of the melody clashed with the guitar, consider some points in the following article guitar dynamics for your performance.

Demi – Great use of dynamics, click here for more on adding vocal dynamics to the performance. Really liked how the song built in intensity and then dropped throughout. Great vocal delivery and lovely tone. Look to engage more with your audience mainly with eye contact to connect us even more to your performance, click here for more on the importance of eye contact.

Joy Brooks – Really strong vocal performance, confidently performed and a classy image. Impressive range, however, work on suppressed larynx and nasality, these are things a singing teacher can help you with, click here for finding a singing teacher. Liked how the song built in intensity and dropped back down throughout, click here for more on vocal dynamics

Lindsay Woodrow – Very pure tone and very confident performance. Constriction on higher notes detracts from the vocal, this is something a singing teacher can help you with, click here for finding a singing teacher. Maybe try experimenting with varying dynamics and intensity throughout, click here for more on vocal dynamics. Liked how you were totally absorbed in the story of the performance, click here for more on performing on stage for singers

Lans – Very confident performance. Loved how absorbed you were in the song! Quite a nasal tone, pitchy at times and falsetto needs work, this is something a singing teacher can help you with, click here for finding a singing teacher. Try and look to develop your eye contact to express the emotion in the song, click here for the importance of eye contact. The song was in the wrong key for you and too low, click here for more on the importance of song choice.

Ali Brien – Lovely tone and a strong, confident performance, click here for more on performing on stage for singers. Remember to support the riffs of the song and try to remember not to force your vocal. Perhaps try experimenting even more with the dynamics of the song to give the performance more punch especially on the chorus and hooks, click here for more on vocal dynamics.

Dita – Very confident performance and a lovely tone, click here for more on performing on stage for singers. Remember to not over-breathe, a good singing teacher will be able to assist you with this, click here for more on finding a singing teacher. Loved how absorbed you were in the song! Try to develop your eye contact to express the emotion of the song, click here for the importance of eye contact.

MP Manchester – Was unable to understand the lyrics, however, great stage presence and energy, click here for the importance of performing on stage for singers. Very exciting performance to watch. Liked how authentic you are as an artist. 

Nicole - Great song choice, really liked how you interpreted it! Very confident performance and a great tone. Remember to support the tune, try not to let it go flat, this is something a singing teacher can help you with, click here for finding a singing teacher.

MANCHESTER MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

All singers and songwriters successful through the Manchester music opportunities progressed onto the next stage of the competition at the North West England and Scotland Area Final Showcase which will be held at The Forum Theatre on Sunday 26th November. 

If you’re a singer or songwriter looking to gain more performance experience and win industry prizes then why not enter singing contest Open Mic UK.

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