Judges were impressed by the performances of students at Richmond School and Sixth Form College’s first-ever talent show.
The line-up of 11 acts included vocalists, musicians, a comedian and dancers.
Organised by Stephen Boyd, lead teacher of music, the evening aimed to showcase the talent of the students.
Saul Tuite, newly-appointed headboy, was the show’s enthusiastic and engaging compere for the evening.
Many other students were involved in stage management, sound and lighting who, together with the PTA who served refreshments throughout the evening, ensured the event ran like clockwork.
The judging panel included Ashley Barnard, senior reporter for the Northern Echo.
Ashley was joined by Claire Hall, head of creative arts at Stokesley School, and Ben Clarke, Richmond School’s outgoing headboy, who hopes to continue his drama studies at the Guildhall.
They were faced with difficult decisions to reach their final three. The winner, Nicole Bishton, was standing on stage for the first time at Richmond School.
Nicole, a Year 9 student, sang a contemporary interpretation of Ave Maria, an arrangement recorded by Beyonce in 2008 and a re-write of Franz Schubert’s original.
Nicole said: “I am so happy to win the competition.
“I was really nervous but once I started to sing it soon got better.
“I was totally shocked when Ben Clarke announced that I had won.
“My special thanks go to Mr Harris for his beautiful accompaniment.”
Nicole has loved singing since she was a toddler. Until now, she has been singing for pleasure but would now like to have the opportunity to perform in the future in concerts at Richmond School and in the local area.
Second place went to Beat, a four-piece group of Year 9 students, Izzy Lundberg, Evie Farnell, Carys Meaney and Will Mawer, who rocked the house with their performance of Riptide, with Ellie Carter and Aleisha Bruce, also Year 9 students, coming third with their rendition of Adele’s When we were young.
Ashley said: “I was blown away by the talent displayed.
“The students were all fantastic, and the variety of acts was also impressive.
“We were treated to unbelievable solo singers, including our winner Nicole who had such a beautiful quality and power behind her voice, but the other girls were equally impressive with emotive performances.”
Ahead of the judges announcing the winner, the audience listened to guest singer Max Ferguson, a Year 7 student and a semi-finalist at Britain’s Got Talent in 2018 with Bring It North.