‘Proms on the Pitch’ is being organised on behalf of the club by Brad Snelling: “We want to make this a really special occasion and thought it would be fantastic to find a new voice to sing the National Anthem at the Proms. From a singer’s point of view, I can’t imagine it gets much better than that.”
Nicholas Smith is conducting the Proms Symphony Orchestra on the day, and is keen to find some fresh talent: “As Director of Silk Opera, I spend a lot of time in darkened rooms listening to singers, but this is slightly different. We’re looking for someone who will really shine in front of a big audience and someone who’ll enjoy the occasion too. I imagine it’s an experience you’d want to tell the grandchildren about!”
Pianist Fiona Corston, who’ll be helping to judge the competition says: “To perform a solo in front of a live audience is quite a daunting thing for any singer, especially someone who’s perhaps young or inexperienced. But we hope this opportunity will provide some lucky singer with a chance to really stand out from the crowd.”
The judging panel will also include Jayne Carpenter who trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, and is a professional opera singer and singing tutor.
Auditions for ‘Solo Superstar’ will take place on Friday 25 May. Anyone interested in taking part should email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Solo Superstar’ in the subject box. The closing date for entry is Monday 21 May.
Proms on the Pitch takes place on Sunday 3 June from 4pm. Tickets cost £16/£10 and £40 for a family-of-four ticket (two adults, two under 18’s).
To book tickets, please contact the Moss Rose booking office on 01625 264 686, book online at www.promsonthepitch.net or visit the Visitor Information Centre in Market Place, Macclesfield. Tickets are also available from the Snowgoose Café Bar on Sunderland Street, Macclesfield and from The Vale Pub, Bollington and The Park Tavern on Park Lane in Macclesfield.