The NEWS Guide Awards

The Portsmouth NEWS Guide Awards 2014-15

The Guide Awards involved various catagories including music

2014/15 Nominations;- date 21/11/2014

1. Joe Wells: Joe too his first show to Edinburgh, Night of the Living Tories, where it was well received, and runs the Havant Comedy Club.
2. James Alderson: As well as compering clubs in Horndean and at the" Spinnaker Tower, James organised Mic, Bike and Hike for charity.
3. Mike Cox: The winner of the inaugural South Coast Comedian of the Year.
4. Max and Ivan: Nominated for the best Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2014 and will have their own Radio '4 show next year.
5. Mike Wozniak: The Portsmouth comic was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2013, and has continued to do well.
6. Suzi Ruffell: Appeared on BBC3's Ed Comedy Fest Live and is soon to be performing on Comedy Central's ‘Live From The Comedy Store’.
7. The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue: A duo who have taken inspiration from the world of pop for their double act.
8. Instant Soop: The Havant-based improv masters continue to dazzle audiences across the region.
9. Sean Collins: A well-established name who has them laughing all over the country.
10. Reader nomination:

1. Dan Thompson: Tipped for big things as some of his tracks are being played by international DJs.
2. Reset Robot (Dave Robertson): A name that will be increasingly familiar to fans of dubbed-out, moody: tech house all over the world.
3. Peter Jacks (Chip Jacks): Electronic music that takes its influence from the sounds he finds in everyday life.
4.The Business Partners (Steve Probert & Lloyd Hoy): Two of the hottest names in house music, they hold a residency with Amplified.
5. Chris Vaux: Curator of Discreet which has built a name for putting on some of the best parties around.
6. Pete Scathe: Host of regular indie nights, including Connection at Scandals and Rock Lobster a The Atrium.
7. Kris Davis (Chris Davies): Purveying ambient techno and deep house, Chris was recently signed to Subject Recordings.
8. Matt-Berry: A popular figure on the Portsmouth scene with regular sets at The Astoria and Drift bar.
9. DJ Lemon (Carl Wood):The Ifs A Sin mastermind marked 15 years of The Hotbox and also played at Bestival.
10. Reader nomination:

1. Popobawa: The Gosport trio only formed earlier this year, but have already been impressing music industry figures.
2. The Boy I Used To Be: Signed to Pie & Vinyl Records, their live sets have been winning new fans over.
3. Electric Arms: A four-piece indie-folk-soul combo who played at Victorious Festival and supported Stornoway recently.
4. Kassassin Street: Selling out every gig they play in Portsmouth, the psych-rock band have gained a reputation as a killer live act.
5. Rickyfitts: A noise-rock duo with a justifiably fearsome live reputation.
6, Battery Hens: This fuzz driven rock band put out their debut EP on Champagne Justice records.
7. Kodiak Jack: Hard rockers who released their second album, and gigged hard-headlining the Wedgewood Rooms twice.
8. The Good Time Charlies: The scene veterans threatened to Gall it a day recently, but decided to carry on after being overwhelmed by messages of support.
9. The Underground Pilots: When not putting on shows through Pilot Promotions, they've been busy laying g down their own grunge tracks.
10. Reader nomination:

1. Matt Jarvis: Last year’s winner has continued to grow as an artist with shows across the region.
2. Eloise Keating: Winner of the All About The Song competition, Eloise has proved to be one to watch.
3. Luke Ferro: The intense singer- songwriter released a new EP, marked with a gig at The Cellars.
4, Ismael Clark: Recently relocated to Portsmouth from Spain, and star released his debut al burn this year.
5. Laural: Has been making a lot of airplay and impressing with her live performances.
6. Jerry Williams: She's written with Newton Faulkner, released an EP and played at this year's Victorious Festival five times.
7. Remedysounds: The acoustic beatbox machine is aster of the unsigned scene who managed to sell out The Cellars on the same day as Southsea Fast.
8. Marley Blandford: Began the year by releasing his debut album and will finish it by supporting American star Christina Perri in London.
9. Rex Domino: The young hip-hop artist has been building a name for himself as part of Breakfast of Champions with DJ Yoda.
10. Reader nomination:

1. Victorious Festival: Moved to a now seafront home in its third year where it proved to be a great success.
2. Southsea Fest: Now established as supporting local talent.
3. Mutiny in the Park: Dance music got its first major outdoor event in the city, attracting some of the biggest names around.
4. Together in Solitude by My Dog Sighs and Midge: A street art collaboration that proved to be thought-provoking and endearing.
5. Greg Gilbert at The Spring, Havant: Using biro pencil and paint, Greg created a woprlod of fantasy and melancholy.
6. Jonny Hannah's All That Other Mother Jazz at Portsmouth Guildhall: Portrayed a continuing journey into the belly of obscure pop culture.
7. Joella Wheatley Forgotten Lines at the Aspex Gallery: A solo exhibition on intricate, intense, mysterious, tension filled creations.
8. Tricorn exhibition at the City Museum: proved that absence really does make the heart grow fonder.
9 FACES Historic Dockyard: An outdoor video installation that drew on 100-year-old archives material.
10. Reader nomination:

1. Artisan Cafe Chichester: A well designed cafe that aims to charm with its food and drink.
2. Northney Farm Tearooms: Haylinq Island: Renowned for friendly service and locally produced food.
3. Marmion Pub, Southsea: An upmarket pub that delivers on a promise of better grub.
4. Southsea Coffee Co, Southsea: A welcome independent addition to the coffee shop scene.
5. The Sussex Brewery, Emsworth: taken over by chef Simon Haynes. the food has come on in leap sand bounds.
6. Montagues Bar and Bistro, Whitetey: A centrepiece of the revitalised Whiteleys’ with a menu offering local and seasonal cuisine.
7. Truffles, Southsea: Recently refurbished, its menu offers classics with a nod to trench cuisine.
8. Jamocha, Southsea: Homemade soups and cakes hit the spot in this funky little cafe.
9. Piccolo Roma Bishop's Waltham: With an owner and a head chef both from Italy, this restaurant should know how to deliver. And it certainly does.
10. Reader nomination:

1. Karen's Room: Karen Wakes up one morning to find a handsome stranger at the foot of herbed. But what does he want? By Geoff Harmer and Neil Thomas.
2. Red Curve: A young mother attempts to deal with a grave loss. By Riyadh Haque, John McGinty and Daniel Hawkins.
3. Justice: A condemned man reflects on his crimes. By Mark Oakley and Gavin Damerall.
4. Neglect: Alex is thrown out of his house by his drunk and abusive father. He spends the night looking for shelter. By Sam Payne.
5. Rien: A young immigrant tries to reconcile the loss of her mother. By Riyadh Haque.
6. Abduction: A writer experiences something unexpected, By Harry Bartholomew.
7. A Good Night's Sleep: Being forced into a double dinner' date doesn't help Anna's problems. By Sam Knight.
8. Purgatory: A girl wakes up on the plains of Purgatory. In a desperate attempt to survive, she ventures into the unknown. By Zach Richardson.
9. The Missing Reel: Two people come to the end of a long journey. By John McGinty and Riyadh Haque.
10. Reader nomination:

1 Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre: Imelda Staunton as showbiz mother from hell in the Sondheim classic.
2. The Lion King, Mayflower Theatre: Director Julie Taymor created an epic spectacle of the African savannah.
3. Avenue Q, Kings Theatre: Blend of childlike puppetry and adult humour brought to life by tl performers.
4. Taken At Midnight, The Minerva, Chichester: Penelope Wilton as mother of Jewish lawyer who put Hitler in the witness box.
5 Wicked, Mayflower Theatre: Touring production told the back story of the witches from Wizard of Oz.
6. Stevie, The Minerva, Chichester: Zoe Wanamaker brought Stevie Smith’s poety to life.
7. Singin' in The Rain, Mayflower Theatre: The tale of the first Hollywood musical.
8. King Lear The Globe, Portsmouth City Museum: Small-scale touring production starred Joseph Marcell in the title role.
9. Amadeus, Chichester Festival Theatre: Rupert Everett as Salieri raged at God for producing Mozart.
10. Reader nomination:

1. Dealers Choice, Bench Theatre: A comic and savage play about gambling.
2. George's Marvellous Medicine, HumDrum: Captured the anarchy, the dark humour and the warmth at the Gore of Dahl's work.
3. Birdsong, CCADS: An impressive ensemble piece, with several standout performances.
4. Macbeth, Southsea Shakespeare Actors: A stripped-back production marked by some powerful acting.
5. Pride and Prejudice, One Off Productions: Sheila Brit was an outstanding Mrs Bennet, while Nick Rickard delivered as Mr Darcy.
6. A comedy of errors, Southsea Shakespeare Actors: Our critic called it the best SSA offering for some time - great fun.
7. Enchanted April. HumDrum: Gently evoked the themes of love and loss without tipping into schmaltz.
8. The-Three Musketeers, Interalia Theatre: Extraordinary sword skills in a neat modern take on the Dumas classic.
9.The Talking Cure, CCADS: Sally Goddard convinced as Sabina, evolving from a hysterical teenager into a bewitching lover for Jung.
10. Reader nomination:

1. Grease, The Portsmouth Players: Feelgood boy-meets-girl musical jam packed with hit songs.
2. The Sound of Music, Fareham Musical Society: Nun Maria becomes governess to the Von Trapp family.
3. The Mikado-HumDrum: Nanki Poo is promised to Katisha but disguises himself as a trombone player.
4.South Pacific-South Downe Musical Society: Ferneham Hall production of post-Pearl Harbour musical.
5. White Christmas, South Downe Musical Society: Kings Theatre, Southsea, hosted this production of Irving Berlin's classic.
6. Sister Act-Portsmouth Players: Players' version of 1992 hit film that starred Whoopi Goldberg.
7 A Little Night Music, Portsmouth Players: The Barn, Milton Park, was the setting for this Sondheim work featuring Send In The Clowns.
8. Avenue Q-South Downe Musical Society: Crude songs, naughty jokes that only puppets could getaway with.
9. Tommy- CCADS: Story of the deaf, dumb and blind kid.
10. Reader nomination:

1. David Penrose in Dealer's Choice, Bench Theatre: The Bench stalwart gave a strong performance as Stephen.
2. Ben Counter in Anorak of Fire, HumDrum: Took control of the stage with the play's monologue as Gus Gascoigne.
3.Paul Denney in Blackadder Rides Again, Interalia Theatre: Stole the show as Lord Flashheart.
4. Sean Ridley in A Midsummer Night's Dream, CCADS: A particularly elfin Puck in a production that made good use of its venue.
5. Aaron Holdaway in The Comedy of Errors, Southsea Shakespeare Actors: 'Blazed the trail in the comedy stakes, said our critic.
6. George Summers in George’s Marvellous Medicine, HumDrum: Great fun playing namesake in this Roald Dahl adaptation.
7 Jonathan Redwood in The Sound of Music, Fareham Musical Society: Made a fine captain and had great romantic tension with his Maria.
8. Stuart Frank in The Three Musketeers, Interalia Theatre: Excelled as the dashing lead DArtagnan.
9. John-Paul McCrohon in Birdsong, CCADS: Gave Jack a softness that belies his harsh surroundings.
10. Reader nomination:

1 Sue Rourke in Tommy, CCADS: Gave an impassioned performance as the pinball wizard's mother.
2. Alexandra Maclean in The Sound of Music, Fareham Musical Society: Alexandra Maclean stepped neatly out of Julie Andrews' shadow.
3. Caz Gilmore in Enchanted April, HumDrum: Delivered wide-eyed wonder as Lotty.
4. Lauren Kempton in South Pacific, South Downe Musical Society: Played Nellie Forbush with sassy conviction.
5. Gemma Valler in Enchanted April, HumDrum: Her Lady Caroline had a subtle sorrow that grounded the play.
6. Sheila Elsdon in Sister Act, Portsmouth Players: An uptight delight as the long-suffering mother superior.
7 .Georgie Gulliford in The Trojan Women, Titchfield Festival Theatre: Proved to be no push over as Hecuba, the queen of Troy.
8. Kim Seagrove in Sister Act, Portmouth Players: Stood out as the ebullient Sister Mary Patrick.
9. Kirsty Terry in Little Women, Bench Theatre: The Bench new comer made her mark as Beth.
10 -Reader nomination:

1. Renaissance Choir: Showed enterprise in programming and quality in performance.
2. Karen Kingsley: Pianist Karen deputised for a full orchestra in the Renaissance Choir's performance of Beethoven's Mass in C.
3. Robert Blanken: Rob surpassed even his own usual high standards as soloist with the Havant Symphony Orchestra.
4. Portsmouth Choral Union: PCU promoted potent performances of two 20th century English masterpieces.
5. George Burrows: Conducted the University of Portsmouth Choir in a unique survey of music by Cecilia McDowall.
6. Colin Jagger: Created a unique concert performance with the Havant Symphony Orchestra and Portsmouth Chorus.
7. David Price: Lured James Bowman and Catherine Bott to Portsmouth for their final Messiah.
8. Portsmouth Baroque Choir: Combined ingenuity and drama in a performance of Messiah with Chichester's Consort of Twelve.
9. Havant Chamber Orchestra: Excelled itself with an accomplished performance of Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony.
10. Reader nomination:

Short listed

Joe Wells
James Alderson
Suzi Ruffell
Sean Collins
Adam Broomfield-Strawn

Dan Thompson
The Business Partners (Steve Probert & Lloyd Hoy)
Chris Vaux
Pete Scathe
Matt Berry
DJ Lemon (Carl Wood).

The Boy I Used To Be
Electric Arms
Kassassin Street
Kodiak Jack
The Underground Pilots

Matt Jarvis
Eloise Keating
Jerry Williams
Marley Blandford
Rex Domino

Victorious Festival
Southsea Fest Mutiny in the Park
Greg Gilbert at The Spring, Havant
Tricorn exhibition at the City Museum
FACES, Historic Dockyard

Northney Farms Tearooms, Hayling Island
Marmion Pub,
Southsea Southsea Coffee Co, Southsea
The Sussex Brewery, Emsworth
Jamocha, Southsea

Karen's Room, by Geoff Harmer and Neil Thomas.
Justice, by Mark Oakley and Gavin Damerall.
Abduction, by Harry Bartholomew.
A Good Night's Sleep, by Sam Knight.
Purgatory, by Zach Richardson.
The Missing Reel, by John McGinty and Riyadh Haque.

Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre
The Lion King, Mayflower Theatre
Avenue Q, Kings Theatre
Wicked, Mayflower Theatre
Singin' In The Rain, Mayflower Theatre
Amadeus, Chichester Festival Theatre

Dealer's Choice, Bench Theatre
Birdsong, CCADS
Pride and Prejudice, One Off Productions
The Comedy of Errors, Southsea Shakespeare Actors
The Three Musketeers, Interalia Theatre
The Talking Cure, CCADS

Grease The Portsmouth Players
South Pacific, South Downe Musical Society
White Christmas, South Downe Musical Society
Sister Act, Portsmouth Players
Avenue Q, South Downe Musical Society
Tommy, CCADS

David Penrose in Dealer's Choice, Bench Theatre
Sean Ridley in A Midsummer Night's Dream, CCADS
Aaron Holdaway in The Comedy of Errors, Southsea Shakespeare Actors
Jonathan Redwood in The Sound of Music, Fareham Musical Society
Stuart Frank in The Three Musketeers, Interalia Theatre
John-Paul McCrohon in Birdsong, CCADS

Sue Rourke in Tommy, CCADS
Alexandra Maclean in The Sound of Music, Fareham Musical Society
Lauren Kempton in South. Pacific, South Downe Musical Society
Sheila Elsdon in Sister Act, Portsmouth Players
Kim Seagrove in Sister Act, Portsmouth Players
Kirsty Terry in Little Women, Bench Theatre

Renaissance Choir
Portsmouth Choral Union
George Burrows
Colin Jagger
Portsmouth Baroque Choir
Havant Chamber Orchestra

THE WINNERS 2014/15 and runners up

26th January 2015 Kings Theatre, Southsea.

Winner: James Alderson
Runner-up: Instant Soop
Winner: Matt Berry
Runner-up: DJ Lemon
Winner: Kodiak Jack
Runner-up: Kassassin Street
Winner: Jerry Williams
Runner-up: Eloise Keating
Winner: Victorious Festival
Runner-up: Southsea Fest
Winner: Southsea Coffee Co.
Runner-up: The Sussex Brewery
Winner: Karen’s Room by Geoff Harmer and Neil Thomas
Runner-up: The Missing Reel by John McGinty and Riyadh Haque
Winner: Gypsy at Chichester Festival Theatre
Runner-up: The Lion King at Mayflower Theatre
Winner: Birdsong by CCADS
Runner-up: The Three Musketeers by Interalia Theatre
Winner: South Pacific by South Downe Musical Society
Runner-up: Tommy by CCADS
Winner: Aaron Holdaway in Comedy of Errors by The Southsea Shakespeare Actors
Runner-up: Stuart Frank in The Three Musketeers by Interalia Theatre
Winner: Alexandra Maclean in the Sound of Music by Fareham Musical Society
Runner-up: Lauren Kempton in South Pacific by South Downe Musical Society
Winner: Renaissance Choir
Runner-up: Portsmouth Baroque Choir

Special Achievement Award
Geoff Priestley(from the Wedgewood rooms)


BEST BAND Winner: Kodiak Jack


BEST SOLO ARTIST: Jerry Williams

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