The Denstone Factor 2011

26.2.2011
Another High Note for The Denstone Factor Three

Organisers of Denstone Factor 2011 can feel justly proud of themselves after Saturday night’s spectacular show. Peter Smith. Liz Ratcliffe and Debbie Andrew were part of the team that first put Denstone Factor on the calendar in 2007. They have been stalwarts of the Show ever since.

Without Pete’s technical expertise there would be no Denstone Factor. All lighting and sound, plus a multitude of other technical matters fall into Pete’s domain. In fact Pete is “Mr Denstone Factor”.

In this the fifth year of Denstone Factor the event has found a bigger venue to be its new home. The JCB Lakeside Club hosted this year’s Annual Talent Show on 26 February 2011. And still it played to a sell out audience.

The winner was ten year old Ryan Wakelam from Beaconside, Stafford. This was Ryan’s first Denstone Factor but that didn’t deter the young star in the making from dazzling the capacity crowd with the powerful ballad “Baltimore And Me”. Ryan was presented with the first prize trophy and the prestigious Denstone Factor Shield – which he will keep for one year.

Second place went to Jemma Johnson. The Denstone Factor team are proud to claim that this local singer songwriter – who is making quite a mark on the music scene -made one of her first public appearances at the first Denstone Factor.

In third place were sister act Anna and Alice Prince – a singing duo – who have also been regular contenders and prize winners at Denstone Factor over the years. Anna had the onerous job of opening this year’s show with a moving solo performance. But that didn’t perturb Anna who has opened the show in the past too!

Saturday night’s show was hosted for the first time by Adrian Hall and the panel of judges comprised Alton Towers’ own Adam Bailey, Rowanne Walker a previous Denstone Factor competitor, Mark Turner of JCB and Ryecroft Middle School’s Deputy Head Sandy Pierschalla.

Needless to say a show of this magnitude needs a large team to make it function and the organisers would like to thank everyone who played their part in making Saturday’s show the huge success is was. A cast of performers, stage hands, technicians and front of house staff too long to mention individually. But without whom there would have been no show.

We would also like to thank Abbotsholme School, Alton Towers, Vivienne Shelley Dance School and of course the JCB Club for use of equipment, props and costume.

The evening raised over £800 which is to be divided between
The Midland Air Ambulance Service Download Press Release
and
The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust Download Press Release

Please see pictures from the event and cheque presentations below.

Denstone Factor 2011 Winner - Ryan Wakelam - with the Denstone Factor Shield.

Last Year's Winner - Jack Doyle

Denstone All Saints First School Choir in Rehearsal

Presenting the Cheque to Midland Air Ambulance

Presenting the Cheque to Donna Louise Trust