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Winners of world’s first Music 4all Festival announced at Wilton’s Music Hall

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THE winners have been announced of the first ever Music 4all Festival at Wilton’s Music Hall, a brand-new festival that celebrates emerging artists across multiple music genres.

The Festival will provide a platform for artists from the worlds of: Opera; Contemporary and Jazz; Popular, Rock and Indie; Urban, Electronic and DJ; and Cabaret and Alternative. Each of the winners will perform at the six-night festival, which takes place from May 11 to May 16, 2020.

The winners, who have been chosen after an extensive search, will not only get a slot to play at the brand-new festival, but will also win mentorship from a professional individual or organisation in the industry, a commission, a week’s rehearsal time at Wilton’s Music Hall and passes to see the rest of the festival for free.

Winners in the Opera category, being mentored by industry heavyweights English National Opera and performing on Monday, May 11 are: Swedish tenor Theodor Uggla, who is currently studying for a Master’s in Performance at the Royal College of Music in London; South Korean baritone Edward Kim who is doing his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music; British soprano Lucy Elston who directs as well as performs opera; and 28-year-old Thomas Isherwood, a 28 year-old baritone from Watford.

The Contemporary and Jazz showcase on Tuesday, May 12 will feature upcoming artists mentored by Bengi Ünsal, head of contemporary music at the Southbank Centre. Roundhouse resident artist whose sound is mix of folk, soul, pop and jazz Chisara Agor, South London pianist and jazz musician Julian James and 22-year old soul singer Gabrielle Chudi will all show off their talents on the Wilton’s stage that is so steeped in musical history.

As frontman of indie-pop group The Feeling and composer of West End smash-hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Dan Gillespie-Sells will be providing a wealth of knowledge to the winners of the Popular, Rock & Indie category. Mumbai-born, London-grown indie-pop singer-songwriter Saachi Sen, indie-rock band Foxes & Hedgehogs whose debut album Brightest When It Sets was released in December 2019, and singer-songwriter and winner of The Voice Kids 2019 Sam Wilkinson will all rock the stage on Thursday, May 14.

Transforming the world’s oldest working music hall into an underground club, three emerging Urban, Electronic and DJ artists will perform on Saturday, May 16 mentored by multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer, DJ Yoda.

The night will see performances from trip-hop, soul, R&B and electronic singer-songwriter, producer and visual artist Azileli (AKA Eliza Willmott), who is an advocate for female equality in the industry, critically-acclaimed trio Zkeletonz (AKA Gavin McLaughlin), who have had big support from BBC Introducing, and Jess Fisher, a young musician born with Cerebral Palsy who uses an adapted wheelchair to allow her to put together and perform music independently.

With guidance from Tim Whitehead, the Cabaret and Alternative showcase on Friday, May 15 will see the talents of multifaceted gender fluid singer, drag artist, storyteller and glitter addict Freddie Love, the soulful and oh-so-theatrical Ena Fay and flamboyant DJ Selector Le Pooch, the character created by character actor Ruthie Connick, whose satirical comedy career has taken her everywhere from Western Australia to the bright lights of London.

On Wednesday, May 13, as a special part of the festival Wilton’s will be presenting Songs For The Hall, where young people from local schools in Tower Hamlets and East London will come together with teachers and perform a selection of songs chosen by musician and founder of the Hackney Colliery Band Steve Pretty. Songs for the Hall will be presented in association with Snape Maltings’ Friday Afternoons, with free vocal leadership training for all teachers involved.

Tickets for The Festival will be on sale soon.