Level 3 Music Winner – Sam Tomlins from Bury College
Level 3 Music Winner – Sam Tomlins from Bury College

On Friday 13th May, Bury College opened its doors as the host venue for the GMCG Music and Performing Skills Competition. Over 70 talented performers from eight colleges across Greater Manchester competed at various levels from Level 1-3 in the categories of Acting, Dancing, Singing and Musical Theatre.

Bury College were delighted to be crowned winners of the Level 3 Music category, and runner up in Level 3 Acting, Level 3 Musical Theatre and Level 2 Music. The overall winner on the day was talented Musical Theatre student Karen Wilkinson from The Manchester College.

Other winners included:

• Level 3 Acting – Tanya Young and Joel Byrne from The Manchester College

• Level 2 Acting – Josh Cooper from Hopwood Hall College

• Level 2 Dance - Curtis Dipple, Holly Jones, Rebecca Rowe, Ryan Riley, Josh Cooper, Josh Wheelhouse and Jordan Loonam from Hopwood Hall College

• Level 3 Dance Winners - Georgina Nuttall, Katie Porter, Tyler Barker, Rebecca Atkinson, Ellie Doran and Lucy Dean from Stockport College

• Level 3 Musical Theatre Winner – Karen Wilkinson from The Manchester College

• Level 2 Music Winner – Jack Connah from Wigan and Leigh College

• Level 3 Music Winner – Sam Tomlins from Bury College

The annual GMCG Skills Competitions are a celebration of excellence across the collective colleges in Greater Manchester. They are an opportunity for colleges to showcase their student’s abilities and to share success and good practice.

Andy Tomlinson, Curriculum Manager for Performing Arts and Music at Bury College said “The level of talent on the day was fantastic, as was the range of material on offer. We were very fortunate to have 2 industry experts from Bolton Octagon in Christiana Lydon and Ben Occiphinti to be the judges. They were seriously impressed, which speaks volumes for the finalists, and the tutors who help develop their talents.”

Mark Irwin a Performing Arts tutor at Wigan and Leigh College expressed his thanks to Bury College: “I would say it was a big success and an AMAZING experience for our students. Bury College did a great job at hosting and the level of talent in that theatre on Friday afternoon was huge. It just shows how big the Arts remain to the Northwest!!

Celebrating success on the day was Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Music student, Sam Tomlins. Sam wowed the judges with his own composition followed by an acoustic version of Blackstreets 'No Diggity'. Speaking of his experience of the day, Sam said "It has been a great competition. It was nerve wracking performing in front of so many talented fellow students. My course encourages competition and it has helped prepare me for life in the competitive industry".

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