Amanda Bruce – The Carlton Male Voice Choir Music Makers Trophy Winner, 2012

Amanda celebrates her award with Chairman Mike Curtis, and the music team; Terry, Roger and John.

Amanda began learning the violin at the age of seven and soon joined the Nottingham Youth Training Orchestra before progressing through the Intermediate Orchestra to lead the Nottingham Youth Orchestra on tour to Berlin in 2011, where they performed Scheherazade. The NYO has given Amanda many opportunities, including performances with the likes of John Dankworth, Cleo Laine and Chris Garrick and tours to Paris and Tuscany. Amanda has also frequently performed at functions with the NYO quartet and hopes to establish her own group when she goes to Newcastle University in September to study English Literature. Amanda holds a particular affection for the NYO, as her violin teacher Derek Williams is also founder and Musical Director of the Orchestra, which she has now left. After spending the last ten years rehearsing with them, Amanda now wonders how she will fill her Thursday nights!

Stagecoach Beeston provided Amanda with instructive fun-filled Saturday mornings for years, along with performance opportunities: concerts with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, Aled Jones and Keedie to name but a few. More recently at the age of sixteen, Amanda began singing lessons with Stephen Williams. This encouraged her love of musical theatre to blossom, taking the role of Tuptim in the Nottingham Arts Theatre’s production of The King and I in 2010. Having played violin in the band for numerous shows, Amanda felt she would enjoy having a go on stage instead of under it! In January 2012, she joined the Gilbert and Sullivan Chorus and participated in concert performances of The Pirates of Penzance at Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Barbican London and Bridgewater Hall Manchester, starring comedian Alistair McGowan, with whom Amanda also performed in the Mikado in Derby in October 2011. These experiences have culminated in Amanda being cast in a lead role in the upcoming musical Saturday Night and Sunday Morning at the Nottingham Playhouse in May 2012, based on the classic novel by Alan Sillitoe. Amanda is incredibly excited to be involved in the world première of a new work and has enjoyed getting to grips with a proper “Nott’num” accent!

Amanda’s other interests include photography, travel (she went on a biodiversity conservation mission to the Amazon in 2010) and part-time modelling with a couture bridal company. However, it is music that is Amanda’s primary passion, and she enjoys trying to learn as many instruments as possible. To date, she has taught herself piano, guitar, oboe and cello, with varying degrees of success! Amanda is thrilled to have been chosen as the winner of the Carlton 2012 Music Makers Award and is looking forward to performing with the choir.

Clip of Amanda’s performances at the Festival Concert in 2012