Trek to Pocklington Art Centre for talent

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A NEW event to harness the up-and-coming talent that the region has to offer is set to be launched at Pocklington Arts Centre.

Musicians and vocalists are being lined up to star at the Market Place venue’s ‘Studio Night’- a series of evenings planned over the next few months in the intimate surroundings of the Arts Centre’s studio, rather than the auditorium.

Organised by the Friends of the Arts Centre, chair of the group Margaret Stubbs said: “We are not primarily fundraising this time, we wish to provide a platform for emerging talent and to give young performers in the local area opportunities to meet each other and gain from the experience.

“People wanting to perform can contact us and leave their details.”

Headlining the evenings will be groups and individuals already enjoying some success in the area, including local barbershop quartet Mach 4, who are the current British Collegiate Champions, and East Yorkshire-based folk singer Jessica Lawson, performing on the autoharp and acoustic guitar.

The York rock band Thunderstruck will be performing their covers of bands such as Stereophonics and AC/DC.

A number of young people from Pocklington will also be performing, including vocalists Jess Kelly, Charlie Taylor, Katie Wood, and two groups, ‘This way up’ and ‘Faction 46’.

Friends member Liz Buckles, who is organising the event, said she was delighted that the musicians were all keen to be involved.

She said: “It is proving so popular that we are now taking bookings of performers for the next two events. If anyone would like to perform, please contact the Arts Centre.”

The first event is on 30 January, with the next two already planned for 6 March and 1 May.

Tickets cost £3 and are available from the box office on (01759) 301547.