LGBT Mastermind 2019

Spoiler Alert!  If you are planning on listening to the LGBT Mastermind quiz at 5pm this afternoon and don’t want to know who won – stop reading now.

 

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There has been a wide programme of events this February in York to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history organised by York LGBT History Month, and on Thursday night last week it was marked by LGBT Mastermind. Hosted at the Corner Pin on Tanner Row, the event was based on the television programme ‘Mastermind’ and saw six contenders competing to answer the most LGBT-related general knowledge questions within two minutes. With Lisa Kelly asking the questions and Jake keeping time and score, the contenders responded to a wide range of cultural and socio-political questions, the answers to which were often rather surprising and indeed fascinating.

The event began with an exceedingly keen group of contenders and supporters singing, until everyone curbed their enthusiasm to make way for the event. The first contender, last year’s champion Annis, was up! The whole thing had to be restarted as the mood lighting – albeit magical and romantic – was slightly too dim. With this issue rectified, it was all go. Questions were asked and answered relating to all manner of things (I personally learned a lot!), such as the Stonewall Campaign, Sir Ian McKellen’s knighthood, statues of Alan Turing, York Pride, Sappho… The list goes on. There were two rounds with an interval of notable camaraderie and conviviality! Annis, CJ (who guessed LGSM to stand for Lesbian and Gay SadoMasochists), Dale, Ian, Martin, and Rebecca all had the chance of a further two minutes in the second round to cash in some more points. At the reckoning, it turned out that Annis had been knocked from the champion spot and been usurped by Ian, who emerged as victor with 15 points.

Overall, the event proved to be an immense success, with much laughter and celebration as well as discussion of serious matters concerning LGBT history which the event aimed to address. I had some very illuminating conversation with participants and supporters alike both in the interval and after the event when the group remained for a while for a jovial chat. Congratulations to Ian, the LGBT Mastermind 2019 champion!

 

Picture & words credit: Claudia L. Wardle

Two Rivers Radio to Host Youth Singing Competition!

Junior Star Singer takes to the road again and this year on more than 20 radio stations across the UK.  It gives young budding singers and songwriters the chance to showcase their talents to music industry professionals.  The prize is an opportunity to have a track recorded with a high profile producer and have the track played across the radio tour on all 20 stations the following year.  A remarkable chance for any young artist who wants to break into the industry.  This year founder and main presenter Amanda Neale has invited some exciting new judges to listen to the talent across the competition.
We have Tom Manning, Director of the famous Monnow Valley Studios where the likes of Simple Minds, Coldplay, Oasis, Skunk Anansie, Phil Collins, Stereophonics and many more have recorded their works.  Tom has produced amazing legendary artists with his team and developed up and coming new ones.
We also have Laurence Hobbs from Charthouse music who is a writer and  producer and has written for many acts including Sam Smith, Pixie Lott, Shayne Ward, Andy Abrahams, Sean Wolfe, Laura White and Amanda Wilson.  He has written songs that have reached number one in seven countries and has written songs for companies such as BBC, Sky and Syco.  Charthouse have produced for the Voice Kids and Britains Got Talent
 Finally we have amazing DJ Shabz, professional club and radio DJ, competition winner and mix DJ for BBC Radio 1Xtra.  With seventeen years experience under his belt, Shabz had developed a fulfilling career as an outstanding club DJ in and around London.
It’s going to be a great competition this year, so if you know of any young singers or songwriters that would like to apply, they can do so via the website on www.juniorstarsinger.co.uk
The York heat will be hosted by Two Rivers Radio at our pop-up studio at The Corner Pin on Sunday August 12th.
All updated news can be found on our new online magazine www.jssmagazine.com where our editor and video journalist Rema Farhan gives us regular news on the tour and about all our artists.  Tune in when you can and of course pick up news from our regular blogs after each show!
Look out for Junior Star Singer Songwriter 2018!