Quartet chase unsigned crown

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A BIELBY woman is gunning for musical glory having made it into the final of a competition.

Mum-of-four Judith Simpson is a member of the world music and percussion group, Soundsphere, who have been chosen as finalists for the regional competition of Live and Unsigned 2011.

The competition will see them pit their talent against other bands this weekend in front of judges from BBC Radio One, NME Radio and magazine Kerrang!

Soundsphere have been together for ten years and have just returned from a tour of Germany, but 53-year-old Judith, who is a founder member, feels their experience could benefit them.

Judith, who also works full time as a community nurse, said: “I’m not sure how many bands we’ll be up against, during the last round there were a lot of rock bands, but we’re completely different, that’s what makes us stand out.

“I’m confident that we will do alright, we are a four-part harmony, so it’s four unique voices and it’s a really good sound.

“It’s another lovely opportunity to sing and share our songs with people and that’s what’s important and if we progress in the competition then that’ll be brilliant because it will give us the chance to share our songs with even more people!

“Whatever happens we’ll just carry on singing!.”

Specialising in ‘acapella’ music, but with occasional percussion, the group has made six albums in the last decade with a blend of old and contemporary music, some of which are self-penned.

Successful acts from this weekend’s regional final in Dewsbury Town Hall will then go on to perform at the O2 Arena in London for the grand final, where festival slots, tour dates, recording time and equipment are up for grabs.