The final of Gorleston Makes Music, run by Gorleston Rotary, took place on Sunday 19th August at the Gorleston seafront bandstand. The six finalists performed and entertained the appreciative picnic crowd and borough mayor Mary Coleman with a varied programme of music.

First place was awarded to 19 year old Karolina Reutaite, a classic crossover singer who performed classical opera items. Lithuania-born Karolina previously studied at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy and Access Creative College in Norwich, and has performed locally on the Inbetweener’s Stage at Latitude Festival and our own Big Sing event in May and Make Music Day in Great Yarmouth in June 2018. Karolina was awarded £250, donated by solicitors Norton Peskett, and has also gained a place at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge to study Music from this year. Good luck Karolina!

Second place went to 17 year old guitarist Hannah Bavage from Dereham performing her own compositions. She won £100 donated by local builders M H King & Son.

Salman Toheed, a singer guitarist from Norwich was third, performing his own reflective work which mixes English, Urdi, Hindi and Pujabi. His £50 prize was sponsored by the 10 Baker Street beauty salon, and has also gained 3 year scholarship to study popular music at Goldsmith University London. Good luck Salman!

The other finalists were: 15 year old Ormiston Academy student Jake Needham playing his own jazz arrangements on keyboard; singer Jean O’Callaghan, a member of local Gilbert and Sullivan group, who performed West End show songs; and young Lowestoft singer/guitarist Dana Jordan performing her own pop-punk compositions.

During the auditions the judges had been impressed by 10 year old singer Ella Thurtle and she was asked to attend to entertain the audience at the mid-performance break where she received a great reception.

As a recognition of their promising musical talent, Jake Needham and Ella Thurtle were both presented with money from Norfolk Music Hub to help with their future music lessons.

Mike Getvoldsen from Gorleston Rotary Club said: “During the afternoon a number of Rotarians had a chance to talk to the competitors and we were all blown away by their confidence, charisma and the sheer joy they got from performing.”

Read the article in Great Yarmouth Mercury [21.08.18] – “I am overwhelmed at winning and really excited” – winner of Gorleston Makes Music