BADAC Bursary Awards 2014

Forget Britain’s Got Talent, the hot show of the year is BADAC’s  Got Talent.
The showcase event at Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre brings together a few of the very talented youngsters who have been awarded bursaries to help them pursue a career in the arts by Burton And District Arts Council (BADAC).

On Tuesday, May 21, 14 of the 31 who were awarded bursaries this year put their skills on display in front of an appreciative audience made up of families, BADAC members, councillors and award sponsors.

Four of the recipients, Ella Kasperowicz, fine art; Laura Bailey, photography; Lucy Halliday, textile; and Susan Nash, design, had their portfolios on display in the auditorium for audience members to view. The remaining 10 took to the stage to demonstrate their remarkable talents.

In a varied programme we were treated to dance, instrumental virtuosity, vocal performances and a smidgen of Shakespeare.
James Vickers probably had the most difficult task of the evening in opening the show with his fluid and haunting saxophone solo, he was followed by Keely Russell’s rhythmic and balletic dance to Cat Stevens’ My Lady D’Arbanville.
A powerful performance from Katie Ireland brought Miss Saigon to the stage and after her Tom Pritchard took us deep into the the Athenian forest with a knowing and lively realisation of Puck’s ‘My Mistress with a monster is in love’ speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Rebecca Fisher sang and tap danced her way wonderfully through Lullaby of Broadway and Ewan Bourne sang an unaccompanied Danny Boy – during which you could have heard a pin drop – no mean feat given the Brewhouse seating.
Wil Pearson gave an assured and well-judged piano performance with a medley from Monster’s Inc and Kathryn Monteiro really rocked the cello with a performance of The Train Whistle that was smooth and pacy.
Next up was another piano piece with Amy Glover who played and sang John Legend’s All Of Me beautifully. More vocals were on display with Alisha Khan’s light operatic performance of Gathering Daffodils and the evening was brought to a conclusion by William Raybould’s rhythmic, rolling groove on the drums.

Following the performances, 30 of the bursary winners were invited on stage to collect their cheques from their sponsors presented by Councillor Robert Hardwick who is East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Deputy Leader for Cultural Services which includes leisure, sport, health, arts and markets.

Review by Bill Pritchard.


Surname First Name AWARD Sponsor (S)
Beaver Lizzie £100 Wendy Bates
Beaver Theo £100 ESBC (East Staffs Borough Council)
Coombes Charlotte £100 J & C Gould
Coombes Megan £100 CC (Consolidated Charity of Burton upon Trent)
Cox Elizabeth £100 ESBC
Evans Georgia £100 ESBC
Gardiner Eleanor £100 Anon
Jean Baptiste Abbey £100 ESBC
Lycett Rebekkah £100 CC
Mwangome Hamisi £100 Anne Lee
Sherratt Laura £100 CC
Smith Shannon £100 Pat Miller
Sutton Luis £100 ESBC
Sykes Anna £100 Burton Lions
Vickers James £100 CC
Bailey Laura £150 Tutbury Arts + Soropmotists + CC
Bourne Ewan £150 Gresley Male Voice Choir + Anne Leatherland
Fisher Rebecca £150 Burton Lions
Ireland Katie £150 Susan Black + LTC (Little Theatre Company)
Lenton Shannon £150 LTC
Pritchard Tom £150 Phoenix + CC
Russell Holly £150 CC
Russell Keely £150 CC
Glover Amy £200 Burton Operatic + V Burton
Khan Alisha £200 Rolleston Choral Society + Marchington Singers
Monteiro Kathryn £200 Lloyd Trust
Nash Susan £200 Lloyd Trust
Pearson Wil £200 CC
Raybould William £200 Rotary Club of Bretby
Halliday Lucy £250 Burton Rotary
Kasperowicz Ella £300 Mary Johns + R&J Price + Newton Solney Life Drawing
  Total = £4,450


Some of the emailed comments received by BADAC……


I attended tonight’s bursary presentation along with 2 of my students who each received a generous bursary. Of course I am as thrilled for them as they are…..

…Thank you for this opportunity for students to see that the wider arts community are interested and have faith in their artist careers and not just their teachers!….

…I did enjoy other equally talented and diverse performances from young people; which is always a delight….

With thanks and gratitude to all at BADAC…..

Thank you so much to you for such a wonderful evening last night….

…It was a really moving night, and we are so blessed to have so many young people working so hard in the arts being inspirational and learning and performing all of them were terrific!….

….thank you it was a very proud evening for us all in the audience whether we were teachers parents friends all of us…… Long may it continue.


 BADAC sends a huge THANK-YOU to all our sponsors

who made the 2014 Bursary scheme possible.

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