Musician Henry Jones will perform one of his songs in assembly after winning the BW Factor 2012 title. Henry, a self-taught guitarist, won first prize and £100 prize money in the talent show with his version of Naïve by The Kooks.
It is the latest in a string of performances he has done, having appeared in shows at his former school and in his local community. He has had singing lessons since the age of seven and generally sings pop in public but has also performed classically for a private audience.
Henry, who is studying BTEC Performing Arts and A Levels in media, history and English literature said: ‘Ever since I started playing the guitar I realised that I could write songs that people liked. I really enjoy singing my own music because it is so personal. Ideally I would like to pursue music as a career and would love to study at the Brit School or a drama school; it would be awesome to carry on making music, learn to perform properly and get really confident. I have done quite a few shows and talent contests so it did not bother me performing in front of a crowd and BW Factor was one of the most fun performances I have ever done.’
Henry was one of the nine acts who appeared in this year’s BW Factor in front of an enthusiastic judging panel and audience. The show was the culmination of months of work with 30 auditionees being whittled down to the final few acts, which comprised a magician, dancers, singers and musicians. The event was organised by Parents in Partnership, compered by Mr Jonathan Browne and with refreshments prepared and served by students on the hospitality and catering course.
Mr Browne said: ‘The students were incredibly professional and just all performed well on the night. The judges, Angie Flint from Parents in Partnership, Sara Charles from Genesis Theatre Schools and Hannah Shambrook from Kettering Science Academy were really supportive and gave very positive comments. The feedback from the audience was also really good so everyone had a great night.’
Congratulations go to Lyn Joynson and Conor Judge who came second and third respectively in the show. Thanks to all those who took part in or supported the event. Photographs from the night can be viewed and ordered by clicking on the link below with 20 per cent of the value of orders being donated to PIPS.