Wednesday 2nd April 2008 by C. Freeman
The annual BW Factor, which showcases students' talents, has proved a great success raising hundreds of pounds for charity. The show was packed with music, singing, Highland dancing, juggling and a karate demonstration.
Six judges were on hand to provide comments and award marks for performance, stage presence and the elusive 'BW Factor' and the show ended with jazz act, The Randoms, being voted 2008 winners.
The BW Factor was organised by Parents in Partnership and teachers, Mr Sammy and Miss James. The Chair of Parents in Partnership, Mrs Donna Davis and Mrs Lesley Parker helped with auditions and gave support on the night, and the PiP team also provided refreshments for the event.
Mr Sammy said: 'It was an absolute success. The Weston Theatre was really full and the atmosphere was fantastic. Some students said they enjoyed it so much that they're already planning what they might do for next year's show!'
The Randoms reprised their winning act during assembly so the whole College got a chance to see them. The group, who formed solely for the BW Factor, comprised Year 13 students Kerry Galway, Kim Mantas and Liam Halloran along with Jay Brown, Rohan Mantas and Max Sullivan, all from Year 10. They performed 'Feeling Good', originally made famous by Nina Simone, with Kerry on vocals accompanied by Jay on saxophone, Kim on double bass, Rohan on electric guitar and Max on drums. Pianist, Liam Halloran performed just hours after returning from New York where he played with Northamptonshire Orchestral Winds at Carnegie Hall and Central Park. After their BW Factor success The Randoms plan to play at more College events and musical showcases.
Other acclaimed acts included William Downey and Lauren Butler who gained second place for their vocal and piano duet while Lee Stockley was awarded third place for a spirited demonstration of his karate skills. Miss James said: 'All the students who took part in this year's BW Factor must be applauded for their effort and enthusiasm. The variety of acts made for a really entertaining evening which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.'
The event was the culmination of weeks of auditions and planning, with lighting and technical support provided by Mr Jackson. A total of £470 was raised through ticket and refreshment sales. That figure will be made up to £500 and donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity which is the beneficiary of a number of College events this year.