Last chance to sign up for Leeds talent competition

Picture caption: The Breeze has Talent auditions at Trinity Leeds in 2013 and Kirsty White who became last year's overall winner.

Talented young people are being urged to enter the popular Breeze has Talent competition by signing up for auditions taking place this weekend.

Leeds City Council is searching for talented youngsters to audition for Breeze has Talent 2014, in partnership with Trinity Leeds. This year the hunt is on for young people aged 8 to 19 who are gifted musicians, singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, jugglers – in fact anything which will entertain the crowds.

Auditions are taking place this Sunday 15 June at Trinity Leeds shopping centre, where an expert panel of judges will select the top acts from the audition day to go forward to compete in the heats during Breeze on Tour 2014. The judges will be scoring all acts for originality, stage presence and technique and the chosen acts from the heats will to go forward to the Breeze has Talent 2014 final later in the year.

People can apply for an audition slot at www.breezeleeds.org/breezehastalent

This is the seventh annual Breeze Has Talent competition and previous finalists have gone on to perform professionally both locally and across the country. The overall winner of the competition will join the stars on stage at the Leeds Christmas Lights Switch on as well as receiving a prize tailored to help them progress with their performing career.

All those who take part will be offered further performing opportunities through Breeze and the heats of this year’s competition will take place at this summer’s Breeze on Tour events which will take place as follows:

Temple Newsam Park 30 and 31 July

Roundhay Park 6 and 7 August

Kirkstall Abbey 13 and 14 August

Breeze has Talent is open to all young people living within the Leeds Metropolitan boundaries and aged between 8 and 19. This includes any young people who have taken part in previous Breeze has Talent competitions.

Councillor Jane Dowson, deputy executive board member responsible for learning said:

“There are so many talented young people in Leeds we don’t want anyone to miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

“The standard of competition has been very high over the past few years and it is always really encouraging to see our young people demonstrating what they can do.

“As a child friendly city we will continue to support and nurture that talent and will be doing all we can to help every young person across the city to fulfil their potential.”

The aim of Breeze has Talent is to offer young performers the chance to develop skills and confidence by taking part in a friendly competition that is fun but also challenging. Although Leeds City Council cannot offer cash prizes it can offer other means of support to help young people develop their performing career. For example the council could help young people buy the things to help them achieve their performing ambitions, like instruments and equipment, access to music and vocal coaches, and help with publicity and websites.

(If an act has some members living outside Leeds, the application would be accepted providing at least half the members are from within the Leeds area.)


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk