The Argus is the local newspaper serving the whole of Sussex County, and each week their ‘Youth In Action’ newspaper supplement profiles the achievements and successes of local school children, students and young people, as well as their schools and teachers.
Last year saw the inaugural ‘Youth In Action’ awards take place at the American Express Community Stadium. Readers were invited to nominate young people and schools in a number of categories for outstanding achievement and the winners were announced at an exciting awards ceremony.
This year the awards promise to be even bigger and better. The venue is the home of Sussex County Cricket Club and there are fifteen categories open for nominees. BIMM Brighton is extremely proud to be sponsoring this year’s ‘Musical Achievement of the Year’ category which recognises an outstanding contribution or success in music in the county over the past year – and it’s a category full of talent, as the shortlist reveals:
Matthew Heslop is a trombonist who was this year appointed to the prestigious role of Band Captain at Christ’s Hospital, a role he has taken to with skill and aplomb. Matthew will shortly sit his Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Olivia Middleton of Farlington School came first in the ‘Best Vocalist’ category in both the Local and District Rounds of this year’s National Rotary Club’s Young Musician Competition and got as far as the Regional contest, winning praise from the judging panel for her performances.
Tom Sissons is a multi-talented rapper, slam poet and spoken word artist who has performed across many local events. This year he won the Brighton Hammer and Tongue South East Poetry Slam competition for his performance poetry work.
Reporter Gareth Davies of The Argus Brighton will chair the judging panel at this year’s awards:
“This is my first year chairing the judging panel and presenting the awards, and after watching the awards last year I’m really honoured to have been asked… We are here to make sure all of those things that would usually go un-noticed are recognised.”
The full list of categories can be found at The Argus awards page here, and we can’t wait to see who takes home the prize for ‘Musical Achievement of the Year’!