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Singers were given feedback at the Sheffield Auditions

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Sheffield Auditions: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Sheffield auditions at The Sheffield City Hall in Sheffield this weekend. The Sheffield auditions gave singers and songwriters the opportunity to gain a place in the Regional Finals of Open Mic UK.

Sheffield Auditions – Open Mic UK 2016

The music industry judges at the Sheffield auditions included:

  • Beckie Oldham, Vocal Coach 
  • Adam Cookson, DR Records 
  • Asher Halle, Green Pepper Junction records and Brit Awards 

Sheffield Auditions: 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.

Sheffield Auditions - Under 16’s Feedback

Lilly Hilton Brooke – You had a very confident audition! Your cheeky smile keeps your audience engaged throughout your performance. Click here for the importance of your audience engagement. You have a very mature voice for your age, very impressive. Try not to fidget with your clothes as it makes your audience think you could be nervous. 

Abi Johnson – You have a very confident and strong voice. You had a good connection to the song. This great song choice also showed us your lovely vocal range! Click here for the importance of song choices. Try not to rush your performance. 

Molly Rafferty – Your very confident and you had a great stage presence. Your voice has good control and delivery. Click here for tips on improving your stage performance. You know how to own the floor; we look forward to seeing you at the live shows! 

Leah Appleyard – Your communication to your audience was good! Your voice was shaking which was down to your nerves. Click here with ways you can how to calm your nerves. We would like you to try and develop the lower tones in your voice so that your vocal range is greater. A singing teacher could be very beneficial for you; Click here for the benefits of singing lessons. Your audition was very enjoyable so well done. 

Charlotte Beatrice – Loved your interpretation of the song! This meant that the audience was fully engaged in your performance. It would be beneficial for you to focus on your projection of the song, as at times we couldn’t hear your lovely voice over the ukulele. Click here for some tips on improving your vocal projection.   

Sheffield Auditions – 16-20’s Feedback

Lewis Robinson – You had a good vocal tone! We would like to see you engage more with the song you’re performing and incorporate some hand movements so that you can be more engaging with your audience. Click here for the importance of your audience engagement. Try to open your mouth more so that you’re not restricting your great singing ability. We loved the guitar playing! 

Megan Day – You had a very confident audition and showed us a good vocal tone! We felt a connection to the song you were singing which made us engaged with your performance. Try to work on your breathing techniques. Click here for some tips on your vocal dynamics. Nice soulful voice. 

Becky Birch – You have a great look, a cool vocal tone and delivery. Try not to let your voice shake too much, this is due to your low breath intake. Warming up before your performance can help improve this. Click here for some singing warm ups that would be beneficial for your performance. You picked the perfect song for you – it showed off your voice well. Click here for the importance of song choices.

Caitlin Branthwaithe – You have a nice vocal tone. You started off very nervous, but as you started to relax we could hear your great vocals! Take care of your breath control – we felt the song was too big for you. Opting for a different song that you can bring your own twist too we think will be better for you. A big song can also increase your nerves. Click here for the importance of song choices.

Charlotte Embling – Overall, great audition! You have a great voice, you chose the perfect song and you have a nice vocal range. Be careful of your breath control, warming up before your audition will help minimise this. Click here for some singing warm ups that would be beneficial for your performance.

Sheffield Auditions – 21 and Over’s Feedback

Layton Yates – You have a cool stage presence! You have a good rhythm and oozed confidence. Your rapping was impressive, the lyrics told a story and flowed well. Click here for the importance of song choices. Some advice for the next round, would be to perform a more ‘PG’ song. As some members of the audience will be young. Well done!

Stephen Wraith – You have a nice swing and soulful voice! Be careful of your pitch. If it goes wrong, try not to stop singing. Carrying on with your performance will minimise the attention drawn to your mistake. Click here for more on how to calm nerves; this will help with your courage and mistakes. Try not to rush, take your time and take a breath. 

Abz – Good hand movements and choreography – you have potential! Be careful of your pitch at the beginning. Work on your projection as we were struggling to hear the lyrics at times. Click here for some tips on improving your vocal projection. Well performed!

Brett – Loved your performance! Try not to strain your vocals, make sure you do a good vocal warm up to prevent this. Click here for some singing warm ups that would be beneficial for your performance. Also open your eyes, and look at your audience – this will make your performance more engaging. Click here for the importance of your audience engagement. You’ve written a nice and catchy song, well done!

SHEFFIELD AUDITIONS

All singers and songwriters successful through the Sheffield auditions progressed onto the next stage of the competition at the Sheffield Regional Final Showcase which will be held at The Sheffield City Hall in Sheffield on Sunday 2nd October!

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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