Promising performers from all over the city have taken to the stage in an all singing, all dancing showcase of Leeds’s young talent.
After months of auditions, the 12 finalists of Leeds City Council’s Breeze has Talent 2014 battled it out on stage at the Northern Ballet Theatre, in Quarry Hill, for the chance to perform in front of thousands at the Leeds Christmas lights switch-on event on November 13 and win a £300 prize for equipment or coaching on Sunday.
Singer-songwriter George Hodgson, 16, from Wetherby, stole the show and took this year’s crown ahead of second placed runner-up 16-year-old singer Tree, who attends Morley Academy, and third placed nine-year-old singer Jessica May Frost, who is from Farsley.
The competition, open to anyone in Leeds aged nine to 19, saw everyone from drummers and beat boxers to rappers and freestyle dancers take part.
Coun Jane Dowson, the council’s deputy executive board member for learning, said: “The standard of competition has been very high over the past few years and it is always really encouraging to see our youngsters 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.”
For the past six years, Breeze has Talent has provided a platform for young Leeds performers to develop their skills.
As well as offering prizes to the winner, this year’s second and third placed runners-up won £200 and £100 respectively as well as the chance to perform at local Christmas lights events.