27th May 2018: Peterborough Music Festival finalists - Amelia Glendinning, Annie Wakefield, Sophie Lewis / Tara Pasveer / Rogue State Circus

Peterborough Music Festival Finalists 2018: Amelia Glendinning

My name is Amelia Glendinning and I am in year 10 at Amvc. I am a member of Kindred KYT and have been singing and dancing since the age of 3. Up until this year I have only really performed musical theatre and was so happy to win the “Songs From Shows” category at this years Festival.

My biggest achievement to date, has to be coming runner up in the Music Showcase at this years festival. Performing my original song “Slowly running out of time” and receiving such positive feedback meant so much to me.

I have been playing piano for 3/4 years and have been writing my own songs for about the same time. My biggest influence is Birdy, as her songs are so relatable to me and I love her style of music.

The Peterborough Music Festival was such a wonderful experience for me and I am so grateful for the opportunity it gave me, especially performing at The Glasshouse.

Amelia Glendinning

Annie Wakefield

Peterborough Music Festival Finalists 2018: Annie Wakefield

I wrote my first song about a year ago. My school was trying to fill places at a competition at the time, and my music teacher approached me as a last resort. Of course, I had no idea how to even begin writing a song- I couldn’t even read music- but I gave it my best shot anyway. I named my song “Superhuman”. I was quite proud of it once it was done, but the judge of the contest didn’t share my enthusiasm, pointing out how simplistic and “commercial” it was. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the process of writing it so much that I kept going. None of my songs are actually based on my own experiences- instead, I like to use songwriting as a storytelling medium, with each song being built around a different unique character. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a real producer and create new sounds for a few of my songs. Making music is such a rewarding process, and I hope I’ll be able to keep doing it for years to come.

Sophie Lewis

Peterborough Music Festival Finalists 2018: Sophie Lewis

Sophie is 11 years old and plays piano, electric, acoustic and bass guitar as well as singing.

Grade 5 piano Abrsm; Grade 4 singing Abrsm

Sophie attends Tu danse performing arts class in Peterborough and did a pantomime in December. She has auditioned for the voice kids and got through to the 3rd stage in 2016.

Sophie loves all kinds of music from classical to rock! Rock songs influence her a lot. She particularly enjoys the Foo Fighters and Wolf Alice. But likes singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran and Adele also.

Tara Pasveer

Tara Pasveer

is a singer/songwriter from The Hague, a city on the coast of The Netherlands. With her songs she takes you on an inspiring musical journey with a lot of dynamics involved. Her sound is inspired by artists like The Tallest Man on Earth and Elliot Smith. Tara writes most of her songs in English; only 16 years old, she moved to the UK to further develop her musical- and English language skills. However, she sometimes surprises her audience with a song written in her first language, Dutch.

Tara often starts writing her dreamy lyrics inspired by a thing someone said or by a certain feeling. Tara’s song texts move along interesting melodies and catchy hooks, whether she writes about something uplifting like love, or a deep topic like death.

At the moment, Tara is working on her first EP, that she records in her bedroom recording studio. Together with producer Jack Morgan, she experiments with different sounds and sometimes adds electronic elements to her music. After she has completed her music course at the Peterborough Regional College this year, Tara will continue developing her sound in university. September this year she will start studying a Popular Music degree at Goldsmiths University of London. https://www.facebook.com/tpasveer/ | https://soundcloud.com/tara-elisabeth-pasveer

Rogue State Circus

Rogue State Circus

The Rogue State Circus are an original indie folk-rock Powerpop band from Northampton, influenced heavily by the classic pop of the 60's and 70's through New Wave to 80's pop too, everything from Bacharach to the Beatles, Kinks to Costello. Steely Dan to Danny Wilson. The band love a good tuneful jangle with acoustics and 12 strings very much part of their eclectic sound.

The Rogue State Circus is first and foremost all about the songs and the songwriting - known for being "truly, truly genre-warping" - the band released their first LP "Songs From The Sea of Serenity" in 2011 and have just completed their 12 track, second LP "Songs From The Sea of Storms" with Platinum Producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Nizlopi, Scott Matthews, Sherlocks, Twang, Ocean Colour Scene) for impending release this summer, and as the title suggests, the songs have a slightly darker edge this time round.

The Band currently consists of Singer-songwriter Jon Delaney on lead vocals/guitars ; Duncan Bisatt: bass and vocals; Karl Muddiman: Keyboards, Simon Barr: 12 String Guitars and Rai Clews on Cajon/Percussion, the band are also often joined by Karen Angela on vocals.

Rogue State Circus offer premium strength, melodic pop folkrock songwriting with well crafted lyrics and always enjoy giving a passionate, energetic live performance. Come and join the circus: go rogue!

A selection of tracks from the first two LPs are currently up and available on their Reverbnation page as a taster.

Here's a link https://www.reverbnation.com/theroguestatecircus/songs

facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/theroguestatecircus/ | website: www.roguestatecircus.com