Final chance for Norfolk talent hopefuls

Peter WalshThe fourth and final heat in a competition to unearth a star performer or act in Norfolk takes place later this week with just two places left in next month's final.Peter Walsh

The fourth and final heat in a competition to unearth a star performer or act in Norfolk takes place later this week with just two places left in next month's final.

Eight acts will go head to head on Wednesday in a bid to reach the July 4 final of the first ever Norfolk's Got Talent competition which is being backed by the Evening News.

The competition, which was launched in March, saw more than 70 acts apply with just 32 winning their way through to the heats which have been held at The Talk in Norwich.

The acts looking to impress judges on Wednesday are:

The Acoustic Solution (TAS) Band

Since forming at the end of 2008 the Aylsham-based band has gone from strength to strength. They have written and performed original material as well as cover versions. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist; Will Durham, and lead guitarist and vocalist; Sam Hudson. For more information log onto

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Thomas Daynes

The 20-year old singer from Rackheath had never sung in public until last year but started singing karaoke at pubs and clubs in Norwich and gained confidence after being asked to do his own set at the Millhouse pub.

He started having singing lessons and was told he was already singing at semi-professional level. Mr Daynes has since obtained his own karaoke equipment and has performed at a number of functions in the area.

Matthew Fulton

The University of East Anglia student is a stand-up comedian in his spare time and has been doing comedy since the age of 14 when he entertained fellow pupils at school assemblies.

Since being at university he has performed at a number of different clubs. He says the style of his comedy varies from whimsical observations to cutting political satire.


Kathryn Walford is a 24-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from North Walsham. Originally from Colchester, Essex she moved to Norfolk a couple of years ago. She spent some time living on the streets and had to busk to eat.


Singers Matthew and Vanessa May are a husband and wife duo from Norwich who formed three years ago. The couple, who have two children, recently made it to the final 200 in Britian's Got Talent. They would like to become professional singers.

Claire Yaxley

The 24-year-old singer from Norwich performs popular songs from all eras; everything from show tunes and jazz classics to modern indie rock. She is a full-time teacher who sings in pubs and bars around the county and has entered a number of talent contests.


Jose, Valter and Jorja are a street dancing trio from Thetford who study and dance at City College Norwich. They are planning to do a street dance mix.

Jade Grand

The 20-year-old singer from Costessey loves all types of music from Eva Cassidy to Michael Buble. She has sung in many school and sixth form productions when she was younger and is looking to do more shows.

The fourth and final heat takes place on Wednesday at 8pm. Tickets for the event are available from The Talk on 01603 660220, or on the door on the night for just �4. Tickets for the final are �8.

Have your talents won you national acclaim? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email