HARTLEPOOL will have the chance to prove we’re town full of musical promise when TV talent-spotters arrive later this month.
A team of producers from Britain’s Got Talent have been in touch with bosses at the Northern School of Music to ask if they can bring their cameras to their Church Square base on Sunday, September 28.
The hit ITV show sees acts try and navigate their way through a series of qualifying rounds before going onto the knockout stages in the hope of winning the overall prize, which includes a place on the Royal Variety Show bill.
In previous years, acts have gathered at venues such as St James’s Park or Newcastle Arena to try and impress the judges.
But this year, the crew has handpicked the Northern School of Music - the largest private music school in the area - to see if they can unearth a new star.
Alyson Robinson, who runs the school in partnership with her husband Lindsay, is delighted with the prospect of national recognition for her students.
Alyson said: “It was a lovely surprise to get the call from Britain’s Got Talent, it was completely out of the blue.
“We have been going for 25 years, we’re the biggest music school of our type in the area and we currently have around 500 students aged from four up to about 65 so this is a big opportunity for us.
“Everyone is really excited by the chance to try and impress the production team.”
Alyson, who lives in Hutton Avenue and is mum to Daisy, 13, and nine-year-old William, is a music teacher at Sacred Heart Primary School and several pupils from the Hart Lane school are members at the music school.
She added: “We have been told that people will have 90 seconds to perform, so we’re now trying to see who wants to be considered.
“Because it is quite a rare opportunity, depending on how many of our students want to take part we may also have the chance to let non-members try their luck on a first-come-first-served basis.
“People can sing or play a musical instrument to try and impress the producers.
“We’re all looking forward to the cameras coming, this is a real chance for us to get some TV exposure.”
For more details about Northern School of Music, call (01429) 233003