Stone really has Got Talent!

Last years winner Rachel Meddings

How on earth do you even begin to judge the diverse  talents of seven different acts performing live in a competition to decide who in Stone has the X factor? That was what your editor had to do on July 12th at Walton Community Centre.

There were other judges – scattered throughout the audience … and there was no conferring, so that we all just just marked all contestants on an out of 10 basis and the results were totted up in secret and had to me to announce the winners.

The show kicked off with Loxi Abbot and Christian Hallam who tackled Cee Lo Green’s Crazy … a brave choice, but always a popular one with the audience. Lizzie Beard, the youngest competitor at 10, next took to the stage to perform a Christine Aguilera cover.

Third into the fray was Kyle Frid who nailed Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness – another sure fire winner with the appreciative audience. And what talent competition would be complete with out a serving of metal – though Stone’s own The Stricken seem already to be stretching out towards a more “prog” direction when performing their own composition – a promising future beckons.

And then came the first of three Rachels/Rachaels. Rachael McTiernan, a stalwart of St Michael’s First School Parent and Children’s Choir. She delivered two of Les Miserables’ now classics with a pitch perfect precision and an ability to sustain a note that wouldn’t have been out of place on Britain’s Got Talent.  Rachael Jenkinson was up next and delivered two more excellent covers – Katy Perry & Taylor Swift.

And last but by no means least, Rachel Meddings who has an eye on turning professional at some time in the future, and underlined her desire by risking two self penned songs. The risk paid off.  She came first with Rachael McTiernan taking “silver” and The Stricken the third spot.

All in all an excellent night all round – and hopefully a blueprint for the future. A big thank you to all who were involved in staging the event – the venue proved to be just right – full!

A special mention for Ben Owen who has worked tirelessly organising young musicians in the town with Tony Hollinshead whose experience of being up on stage is invaluable for youngsters wanting to learn their craft.  to find out more about the ’Young Musicians Collective’ find them at or on Facebook.   The Young Musicians Showcase events are run at Costa in Stone, the first Sunday of every month.