Young singers hope for open mic success

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 September 2012

Oliver Martin taking part in a singing competition.

Oliver Martin taking part in a singing competition.


TWO young singers from North Somerset have reached the Bristol finals of a national competition.

The Open Mic UK contest, which was last year entered by more than 9,000 acts, gives singers and musicians the chance to perform in front of large crowds as well as industry insiders and will see the eventual winner gifted a £5,000 prize.

On August 19, Oliver Martin from Clevedon and Stephanie Hamilton from Portishead took part in the Bristol auditions for the 17-22 age category, and were both picked to go on to the regional final, to be held on September 30. The national grand final will later be held at the O2 in London.

Oliver, a 17-year-old Clevedon School pupil, is a member of Clevedon Light Opera Club and Worle Operatic and Dramatic Society and is currently studying for his A-levels, including in drama and performance studies.

The Claremont Gardens resident, who favours jazz music, said: “Eventually I would like to make performing a career – especially in musical theatre.”

Stephanie, aged 21 who lives in Portishead’s Port Marine, took part in a number of performances with theatre school Stagecoach as a teenager and has also appeared in Beauty and the Beast at The Bristol Hippodrome. She now hopes the Open Mic UK contest will give her the chance to show off her voice to well-established music producers and song writers.

The former Nailsea School pupil, who writes her own songs, said: “They have contacts within the industry, so that is what attracted me to enter the competition.

“As it is a national competition, I am getting some exposure to people I would never have even had the chance to meet.

“If I did well, that would mean everything, as it would tell me that my singing and song writing are good.”

Oliver and Stephanie are hoping to encourage lots of people to attend the regional final, to be held at St George’s in Great George Street from 4pm on September 30.

Anyone wanting tickets, priced £8, can call Oliver on 07703 986202 or Steph on 07715 589177. Steph can also be emailed at

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