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ENTRY DETAILS for the 7th (2018) Annual Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year.

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for The Young Scottish Music Theatre Performer of the Year 2018.

Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year 2018 will hold preliminary rounds in London and Glasgow:
Thursday 12th April 2018 from 10.30am, Delfont Room, Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London;
and Saturday 14th April 2018 from 11am, Renfield St. Stephens Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow.

The competition has been a huge success over the last several years. Last year alone, over a dozen UK colleges and universities for the performing arts were represented and we are looking forward to another exciting year.

Previous winners of this competition are:
2012 Jennifer Neil - London School of Musical Theatre
2013 Ronan Burns - Arts Educational
2014 Mari McGinlay - Guildford School of Acting
2015 Chantelle Hoyle - Arts Educational School
2016 Beth Robb Adams - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2017 Chiara Sparkes - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

On behalf of the YSMT Performer of the Year, thank you in anticipation of your support and we look forward to hearing lots of young talented Scottish performers.

For full details of the Competition click here

YSMT Performer of the Year is supported by The Dunclay Charitable Trust and Trinity College London


PRESS RELEASE May 2016
Beth Robb Adams wins 5th Annual Award. Sam Willison is runner-up.

2016 Finalists and Judges
Left to right: Billy Differ, Delfont Mackintosh; Graham Dickie, founder of The Singers Company; James Paterson, musical theatre star; Beth Robb Adams, winner; Sam Willison, runner-up; Aaron Millar, finalist; Aidan Harkins, finalist; Claire Moore, patron and musical theatre star; Stephen Whitson, theatre director.


PRESS RELEASE May 2015
Chantelle Hoyle wins 4th Annual Award. Alex Wheeler is runner-up.

2015 Finalists and Judges
Left to right: Dominic Hill, artistic director of Citizens Theatre; Katie Weir, finalist; Paul Harper Swan, Keddie Scott Associates; Chantelle Hoyle, winner; Alex Wheeler, runner-up; Finlay Paul, finalist; Claire Moore, patron and musical theatre star; Hannah Robertson, west-end actress and singer; Graham Dickie, founder of The Singers Company.


PRESS RELEASE 18 May 2014
WINNERS of 3rd Annual Scottish Musical Theatre Award

Mari McGinlay is Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year 2014. Sam Willison is Runner-up.

2014 Finalists and Judges
Billy Differ, Patron; Sam Willison, Runner-up; Linzi Doyle, finalist; Ellen Jackson, West End performer and long standing cast member of Phantom of the Opera; Alan Cumming, finalist; Mari McGinlay, Young Scottish Musical Performer of the Year 2014; Claire Moore, Patron and Chairperson of the Panel; Graham Dickie, Artistic Director and Founder YSMT Performer of the Year and The Singers Company.

YSMT Performer of the Year acknowledges the generous financial sponsorship of the Dunclay Charitable Trust

YSMT Performer of the Year is supported by Trinity College London

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FINALISTS Selected for 2014 Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year

All entrants for the 2014 Competition have now competed for a place in the Final. Candidates in the preliminary round, held at Adelaide's on 12th April, were of a very high standard making it difficult for the judges to choose the four finalists, but the successful candidates are:
Alan Cumming
Linzi Doyle
Mari McGinley
Sam Willison

Paul Harper Swan of Keddie Scott Associates, a judge in the preliminary round, said "The standard of these young Scottish musical theatre performers was, once again, exceptionally high demonstrating the great potential in young Scottish performers."

The Final takes place on Saturday 17th May 2014 at 7:30pm in The Lomond Suite, SECC, Glasgow.

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YSMT Performer of the Year acknowledges the generous financial sponsorship of the Dunclay Charitable Trust

YSMT Performer of the Year is supported by Trinity College London

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PRESS RELEASE 19 May 2013
WINNERS of 2nd Annual Scottish Musical Theatre Award

Ronan Burns is Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year 2013. Erin Hair is Runner-up.

2013 Finalists and Judges
Billy Differ, Patron and Chairperson of the Panel; Ellen Jackson, West End performer and long standing cast member of Phantom of the Opera; Kara Swinney, finalist; Erin Hair, Runner-up; Ronan Burns, Young Scottish Musical Performer of the Year 2013; Gemma McLennan, finalist; Laura Boyd, STV; Graham Dickie, Artistic Director and Founder YSMT Performer of the Year and The Singers Company.

YSMT Performer of the Year acknowledges the generous financial sponsorship of the Dunclay Charitable Trust

YSMT Performer of the Year is supported by Trinity College London

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PRESS RELEASE 6 April 2013
FINALISTS Selected for 2013 Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year

All entrants for the 2013 Competition have now competed for a place in the Final. Candidates in the preliminary round, held at Adelaide's on 6th April, represented 13 colleges nation-wide including Arts Educational, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Laine Theatre Art and Motherwell College. The four finalists (and reserve), chosen by the panel of professionals, which included representation from STV and Keddie Scott Associates, will represent Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Dance School of Scotland Musical Theatre Course and MGA Academy of Performing Arts, Edinburgh.

The 2013 Finalists are
Kara Swinney
Gemma McLennan
Ronan Burns
Erin Hair
Sean Fitzpatrick (reserve)

Paul Harper Swan of Keddie Scott Associates said "The standard of these young Scottish musical theatre performers was exceptionally high and I hope that YSMT Performer of the Year continues to grow and be supported by the vocational colleges."

The Final takes place on Saturday 18th May 2013 at 7:30pm in The Lomond Suite, SECC, Glasgow.

All Ticket enquiries via Email address

YSMT Performer of the Year acknowledges the generous financial sponsorship of the Dunclay Charitable Trust

YSMT Performer of the Year is supported by Trinity College London

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PRESS RELEASE 19 May 2012
Jennifer Neil wins new Scottish Musical Theatre Award. Ewan Black is Runner-up.

             

   

Finalists and Judges
Kara Swinney, Kirsten Whitfield, Claire Moore, Jennifer Neil(winner), Billy Differ, Ken Alexander, Ewan Black(runner up)

    

    Further details of finalists and judges of Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year 2012 at The Singers Company "Magic of the Musicals" concert.    

    

YSMT Performer of the Year acknowledges the generous financial sponsorship of the Dunclay Charitable Trust

YSMT Performer of the Year is supported by Trinity College London

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PRESS RELEASE 28 April 2012
PATRONS of Young Scottish Musical Theatre Award announced

 

We are delighted to announce that Claire Moore and Billy Differ have agreed to become the first Patrons of this national award.

 

Claire is one of the country's most respected singers and actresses  best known for her leading role as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. She was voted "favourite Christine" by the Phantom Appreciation Society. In 1989 she left the role to play Ellen, in the London production of Miss Saigon.

Other work includes appearing alongside Richard Harris in the 1982 London production of Camelot; playing the lead role of Audrey in the 1983-85 Comedy Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors; Mrs Anna in the London Palladium production of The King and I 2000-2001; Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables. Apart from musicals, her work also includes opera, and acting roles with the McKellen/Petherbridge Company's Royal National Theatre productions of The Duchess of Malfi, The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound and The Cherry Orchard.

She was seen in April and May 2008 as a vocal coach on BBC TV's I'd Do Anything, a role she previously did for How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (2006) and Any Dream Will Do (2007). Claire reprised her role as vocal coach for Over the Rainbow in 2010. She recently appeared in the Royal National Theatre Production London Road at the Cottesloe Theatre. Claire has also recently appeared as lead singer of a James Bond special as part of the BBC Proms in September 2012. She was accompanied by the London Philharmonic orchestra.

Claire was chief judge for The YSMT Performer of the Year and hopes to return in the same capacity this year.

Billy Differ presents BBC Radio Scotland's Dress Circle, the programme which celebrates all things musical theatre. Having run the King's Theatre in Glasgow for many years, where he produced pantomimes and the legendary Francie & Josie revivals, Billy moved to London to work for Cameron Mackintosh. Initially he worked on the production side, but now runs his seven theatres.

 

YSMT Performer of the Year is indebted to the Dunclay Trust for their generous sponsorship  over the next three years.

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PRESS RELEASE 28 March 2012
SEARCH ON for Scottish Musical Theatre Stars

The first open competition to find Scottish stars of the future in musical theatre was launched today by the Glasgow-based Singers Company – and the four finalists will sing against each other for the top prize of £400 during the Company’s annual ‘Magic of the Musicals’ concert at the SECC on Saturday 19th May.

The inaugural Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year is open to Scots-born students between the ages of 18 and 20 who are in a recognised training programme. The preliminary auditions will be held on Saturday April 28 in front of a panel of professional judges, with the final in the SECC in front of another panel of judges from the industry – and the public audience.

The competition, which will carry a first prize of £400 and a trophy, is the brainchild of the Singers Company’s founder and Artistic Director, Graham Dickie, who is also the Director of Musical Theatre at the national centre of excellence for the performing arts at The Dance School of Scotland based in Knightswood Secondary School.

Said Dickie: “The principal idea behind the Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer is to promote the wealth of talent that Scottish students have, whether they’re learning the business here in Scotland or further afield, and to give them valuable performing experience in front of a large audience. We also hope the prize money may help, in some small way, towards the winner’s course costs.

“The Singers Company is now in its 15th season and performs regularly to capacity audiences. We are very proud of our standards and success and look forward to building on our solid track record of introducing young professional singers from all areas of the industry who have gone on to develop exciting careers.”

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