2 October 2012

Esco Williams, Chelcee Grimes and friends celebrate 10 years of Liverpool's Positive Impact in Birthday Bash gig at Epstein Theatre

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Esco Williams, Chelcee Grimes and friends celebrate 10 years of Liverpool's Positive Impact in Birthday Bash gig at Epstein Theatre

Liverpool’s most inspirational youth training and production company Positive Impact celebrates 10 years of taking young people from the streets to stardom this October. To mark the anniversary a concert – PI’s 10th Birthday Bash - featuring big names from the Positive Impact stable, some top guest acts and some fresh new Positive Impact protégées will take place at the Epstein Theatre on 21 October.

The Toxteth-based company gives young people from all backgrounds, and often deprived areas, a creative outlet, and chance to fulfil their potential. One of their biggest success stories is the winner of this year’s MOBO Unsung Award, Esco Williams. This self-professed ‘soul powered nerd’ has also been named one of MTV’s top 20 Brand New artists for 2012. Joining Esco for the Birthday Bash will be young male vocal harmony group MiC LOWRY. Although only formed in 2011 and ranging in age from 16-18, the talented fivesome is already attracting national recognition. Another of Positive Impact’s young artists joining the bill is Taylor Fowlis. At just 14 years old she has already been singing for several years and has a voice big enough to blow even Beyonce away.  This quirky edgy teen is already a YouTube sensation amassing over 120,000 hits.

Guest artists Coffee and Cakes For Funerals will also join the headlining Positive Impact artists for this concert. Consisting of 4 young men from the Anfield area, their sweet r&b/soul melodies are an unexpected treat. Positive Impact are also very excited to announce that pop singer/songwriter Chelcee Grimes will join the bill as a guest artiste.

In addition to this range of experienced headline acts, the first half of the evening will be dedicated to showcasing some exciting up and coming talent from the Positive Impact stable. 16 year old swing singer Danny Pye has all the charisma of a young Michael Buble, while Yasmeen Ali is a 16 year old soul singer with a range and ability that belies her years. Joining them for this showcase will be the PI Dancers, showcasing both contemporary and street dance routines.

The talented MD Productions will also perform alongside the Positive Impact artists as guest dancers.

Barbara Phillips, Creative Director at Positive Impact said:
“I don't mean to sound corny but 10 years really have flown!  During this time we have produced, and in some cases written and composed several successful musicals and shows not only in Liverpool but around the country (including a week at Edinburgh Fringe), received a Sony nomination for creating an original radio drama series 'The Grove' broadcast on BBC Merseyside, waved 20 of our young people off to University, mentored and developed young people to take up musical theatre roles whilst also making waves in the music industry - the highlight being Esco Williams receiving a MOBO UnSung Award for 2012. It’s been a great year on a personal level too as I won a Merseyside Woman of the Year 2012 Award for Arts & Culture... Looking forward to what we will achieve in the next 10 years!”
Positive Impact helps young people use their spare time constructively, fulfilling their creative potential and opening up a world of opportunity. PI’s 10th Birthday Bash will showcase just some of the amazing Liverpool talent this company has to offer. 

Performance Details:
PI’s 10th Birthday Bash
Epstein Theatre
Hanover St, Liverpool
Sunday 21 Oct, doors 6pm, show start 7.30pm
Tickets £6, £12

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