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Enfield jazz band claim double triumph at Mayor of London's competition
A musical trio were left stunned when they scooped double honours at a national competition.
Stella Star, a talented young band from Enfield collected the top award at the Mayor of London’s Gigs Big Busk competition, which took place at Westfield in West London on Sunday, September 8.
Singer Stella Charalambous, 23, and guitarist Jack Gillen, 21, of Palmers Green along with Bowes Park drummer Will Jackson, 20,, beat more than 1,800 others to become the winners of the overall competition as well as best group.
Lead singer Stella Charalambous admitted that she was astonished.
She said: “We had no idea that we would win the group section, and then to go on and win the overall thing, we were all gobsmacked. Even now I am still in shock, I cannot believe it. I am so glad that we entered and to be able to play on a stage like that, it was such a buzz.
“This event will do wonders for our self esteem and give us plenty of exposure that we need to press on. We are recording our next EP which is due to be released in 2014.”
When asked about their style of music, the lead singer found it difficult to place them in any particular genre.
She said: “I’d class us in the jazz, blues and soul category but it is difficult to place us in one specific genre. I think there is a real gap in the industry for us; there aren’t a lot of female jazz singers out there at the moment.”
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Massive congratulations to Stella Star. It has been an extraordinary year for our gigs competition, with a record number of entries and over 40,000 votes cast. The standard of the finalists was incredibly high, making it a Herculean task for the judges to select the overall winner. It underlines the amazing talent there is in London and I wish big success to Stella and everyone that took part.”
As the biggest event of its kind in the UK, the competition is aimed at talented musicians between 11 and 25 years old and helps increase opportunities for them. The band have won a lucrative and highly sought after licence to busk on the London Underground for a year.
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