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Strictly’s Peterborough singing star set to help city musicians…

Supported by Peterborough Music Hub, the New Youth Music Showcase is a fresh addition to the annual Peterborough Music Festival programme. The event aims to highlight the considerable skills of local young composers. With three categories – Solo Instrumentalist, Singer Songwriter and Band/Ensemble – the competition, at Voyager School on Saturday March 19, will provide a fantastic showcase of original new music.

The Peterborough Music Festival team is delighted to announce that evaluation feedback will be provided on the day by professional singer/songwriter Hayley Sanderson.

Hayley – originally from Peterborough – is generally considered to be one of the finest vocalists on the London scene today and is certainly one of the most in-demand freelance singers. For the past 9 years she has been a regular singer on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Her CV reads like a who’s who of music, including work with artists as diverse as Narada Michael Waldon, Nile Rodgers, Will Young, Gloria Gaynor, Bonnie Tyler, Cee Lo Green, Josh Groban, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Barry Manilow and collaborations with Gilbert O’ Sullivan, Rick Wakeman and the Swiss Harpist, Andreas Vollenweider.

She is also a successful music arranger with projects for Lulu, Gilbert O’Sullivan and The 4Tunes. Her song-writing experience is extensive including work for her new band, The Stylophones, and co-writing with Mark Hudson (for the vocalist Peter Grant) on Noel Clarke’s film, The Knot.

Hayley’s skills and experience will ensure that all the entrants receive expert advice and encouragement across a range of styles and disciplines.

The deadline for entrants has been extended for a limited period only. For more details go to


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