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Some-R-Set 4 Talent final showcases best of county's young talent
The Some-R-Set 4 Talent final took place at The Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare on Sunday 1st April, with 16 acts from across the county competing to win a place on the 2013 Glastonbury Festival line-up, including six Millfield pupils.
The final acts had all negotiated the semi-finals after progressing from the heats held in November.
Judged by a panel including festival organiser Michael Eavis and singer Sara Kempe (Millfield pupil 2000-07), the final was the culmination of an event celebrating young talent and passion in Somerset. Completing the judging panel were Tony Staveacre from BBC 4 and Radio Bristol's Steve Yabsley.
The winner was announced as Sophii Negus, of Crispin School, Street, who sang and played guitar to her own composition "Look to the stars".
Sophii, whose musical influences are Delta Goodrem and Taylor Swift, only entered the competition after being persuaded by a friend entering a different heat.
She said "It's an indescribable feeling to win the competition and the ultimate prize of performing live at Glastonbury Festival 2013."
"It's a massive opportunity for me, and I will need to practise a lot between now and then to get myself ready."
Judge Michael Eavis was impressed by the singer-songwriter's talent. "Sophii was the judges' choice as we were keen to find and support a young local artist who is able to write their own songs and play their own instrument."
"Sophii did just that and I think she will be very popular at Glastonbury Festival 2013".
The runners-up were Nikon Rakthanee (Weston-super-Mare) singing his own composition "Loaded gun" and Beth Perrins (Cheddar) singing "Blue hair". Nikon won a professional recording session while Beth's prize was a tuition workshop.
Some-R-Set 4 Talent is jointly organised by Millfield and Somerset Rotary Clubs, and raises money for the Somerset Community Foundation, Children's Hospice South West and the Healing Foundation. Each of the three charities received a cheque for £1000.
Millfield teacher Miss Lucy Jackson and senior prefect Edward Durgan have spearheaded the event. Six Millfield pupils made the final; Susie Thomas, Hettie James, Amiee Smith & Nakayi Mazinyi, Alec Poore and Jeremy Ward.