Time to put your singing to the test in aid of Highland Hospice
AN end of life care charity in Inverness has launched its fourth annual fundraising singing spectacular.
Highland Hospice is now accepting applications for its singing competition Ness Factor and is encouraging all aspiring superstars to apply now.
A spokeswoman for the hospice said: “We are so excited to launch this year’s Ness Factor and would encourage anyone who loves singing and performing to apply to be part of Team Ness Factor 2019.
“We can’t wait to see the next singing stars of the Highlands perform in November in the live final at the Drumossie Hotel.”
The competition welcomes entries from soloists, duos and singing groups, who then train with a team of professional vocal coaches and choreographers before performing live in front of a large audience at the final in November.
Online applications are open until Friday, May 31 and then those shortlisted will be invited to the live auditions before the nine finalists are selected.
The competition’s grand final will take place in the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness on November 2 and tickets cost £55.
The competition follows a similar format to the famous ITV talent show The X Factor, where contestants compete in front of an audience and judging panel.
Also, each Ness Factor contestant is tasked with raising a minimum of £1000 for the hospice and securing a corporate sponsorship of £350 – all proceeds from which will go to Highland Hospice.
Contestants must have no previous professional experience and be aged 18 or over.
Last year’s winner was retired teacher Margot Fraser, from Muir of Ord, who will be on this year’s judging panel along with musicians Michelle Newell, Sarah Mackay and James Martin.
Funds from the competition will go to Highland Hospice to provide specialist care and support services in its inpatient unit, day therapy centres and also out in the community.
If you think you have the Ness Factor and want to apply, visit https://highlandhospice.org/how-you-can-help/fundraising-events/ness-factor