Charity champions give the nod to Oldham's young talent

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 08 June 2022

Charity champions Rotary Oldham Metro and Rotary Saddleworth have underpinned their commitment to the borough’s youth by dedicating the main stage at the Saddleworth Show to Youth Music.

In conjunction with Mahdlo and the Oldham Music Centre, Oldham's youngsters aged 8 to 19  were invited through schools and youth settings to put their names forward to audition at Mahdlo for a 20-minute slot on the main stage at the show. 

The auditions took place on May 31 and they now have a full day of youth music booked in.

And two acts judged to be the best have a slot at Well-i-Fest as well. 

The diverse auditions gave chances to rock, pop, groups, solo artists, music from the theatre and classics an airing.

Garvin Crabtree, president of Oldham Metro, said: “The two Rotary Clubs see this as a permanent fixture at the show. 

“This is  a way of helping our young people to gain confidence in themselves and help them to become the best they can be at what they choose to do.

“Music helps wellbeing and is a way of making friendships that could last a lifetime.

“The Showcase promises to highlight the tremendous talent in our young people and an exciting day for those taking part. 

“One of the acts has said how exciting it will be to play in front of a live audience of the size expected to attend - we cant wait. To have parents and friends will be such a thrill.”

Saddleworth Show is a pay on the day event, taking place on Sunday, June 26, while Well-i-Fest, a pre book event, on Saturday, June 25, has already sold out.

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