Blue Monday have the W Factor

By Rob George 15/03 Updated: 23/03 10:22

Buy photos » Blue Monday with Coun Tony Miller, Chairman of Wychavon District Council. Picture by The Shutter Crew. s

TALENTED youngsters from Droitwich certainly have the W Factor after shining in the contest’s finale.

The competition, for 11 to 18-year-olds, reached its climax when more than 200 people packed into Pershore Number 8 Community Arts Centre to see all 17 finalists in action.

More than 60 people from across Wychavon entered the audition stages with the competition seeking young musicians, singers, acting enthusiasts or budding photographers and artists to make the step up.

Talented 17-year-olds Ben Burkes, Luke Pilot, Jack Solloway and Daniel Gallant aka ‘Blue Monday Jazz Quartet’ took the honours in the musicians category.

Fellow Spa teenager Holly Winship also scooped success in the visual art category as her collection of stunning nature photographs saw her walk away with first prize.

The winners were presented with their trophies by Coun Tony Miller, chairman of Wychavon District Council.

“The power of art can bring about change,” he said on the night. “This has been seen tonight through the lift of confidence that The W Factor has given these young people both as artists and as people.”

The winners will all get the chance to work with experts to further develop their talents and will be performing live at events across the district over the summer.

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