Platform Theatre School wins People’s Choice Award

Friday 6 March 2020

Platform Theatre School wins People’s Choice Award

The Platform Theatre School vocal ensemble has won the Next Big Thing 2020 People’s Choice award.

Their performance of hits from best-selling musicals past and present sung in three-part harmony won them the most votes from the Gaiety Theatre audience at the grand final of the Next Big Thing 2020 on Saturday February 1 and saw the group of girls aged 10 to 16 emerge as overall winners on the night.

Now in its eighth year the Next Big Thing is a talent contest for 10 to 18-year-olds organised by Manx educational charity Junior Achievement.

Sponsored for the third year in succession by Lloyds Bank International the People’s Choice award is in memory of the late Soundcheck youth worker Paul Cooper, one of the Next Big Thing’s earliest and most ardent supporters.

Lloyds Bank International island director Peter Reid said: ‘Once again it has been a pleasure to sponsor the People’s Choice award. It’s an award that not only recognises outstanding young talent but also provides an opportunity for the audience at the Gaiety Theatre to become really involved in the show.

‘As a Junior Achievement volunteer I have witnessed the transformational effects the programmes delivered in classrooms have on students The Next Big Thing is yet another example of Junior Achievement’s outstanding work in inspiring young people, nurturing and celebrating their talents and equipping them with the confidence and skills they will need for life and their chosen career pathways.

‘I wish the Platform Theatre School vocal ensemble – and indeed all this year’s acts – every success in the future.’

Junior Achievement’s chief executive Sue Cook said: ‘The audience and the judges were unanimous in their praise for the Platform Theatre School vocal ensemble. The group took a mix of great tunes from the musicals, reworked them and gave an effortlessly professionalism performance which we were thrilled to hear for a second time after they were announced as the Next Big Thing 2020 winners.

‘We’re delighted that Lloyds Bank International generously agreed to sponsor the People’s Choice award for the third year in a row.’

Manx education charity Junior Achievement works in every primary and secondary school in the island, reaching some 5,500 students and helping them to make the connection between education and the world of work.

To find out more about volunteering and the work of Junior Achievement contact Sue Cook, 666266, sue.cook@jaiom.im or visit jaiom.im.