Talent Northwest Success for Music Hothouse Graduate

Talent Northwest Success for Music Hothouse Graduate

One of Nerve Centre’s very own music graduates has been crowned winner of the one of the region’s top talent competitions.

Amy Meehan was one of 12 entertaining acts to take to the Millennium Forum stage at Talent Northwest 2016; the culmination of six area heats throughout Derry and Tyrone, bringing together the very best in local talent to battle it out for the prestigious title.

At just 13 years old,  Amy beat off stiff competition from her fellow competitors to gain first place in the competition.

Following praise from all four judges on the night, a ‘shocked’ Amy collected her award from Joanna McConway, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure on behalf of Minister Carál Ní Chuilín.

Commenting on Facebook, Amy said; ‘[Talent Northwest 2016] is an amazing opportunity, I still can’t believe [I’ve won]! Over the moon!’

The young guitarist participated in the Nerve Centre’s Music Hothouse programme in 2015, where she was able to hone in on her passion for music with the help of industry professionals.

The programme also saw Amy, along with around 15 other young musicians, taking up the opportunity to perform at Stendhal Festival of Arts.

Deemed a deserving winner, the title will see Amy in receipt of a cash prize and also the opportunity to showcase her talent in a number of upcoming performances.

Judge Bronagh Gallagher said; ‘[Amy’s performance] was an unbelievable display of talent.’

Event producer Oliver Green commended the efforts of all the competitors. ‘The standard of those taking part was just incredible’ he said. ‘Congratulations to Amy on her success... what a voice!’

The contest was recorded by Irish Television and will be aired on Friday, April 15 at 7pm.

Location map