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Click here to read New year 2010 edition

Click here to read our Christmas 2009 edition

Click here to read our September 2009 edition

Click here to read our May 2009 edition (Marathon Edition)

Click here to read our January 2009 edition (Special Disney edition)

Click here to read our Christmas edition 2008

Click here to read our Winter edition 2008

Click here to read our September Newsletter 2008

Click here to read our Spring Newsletter 2007 

Click here to read our Summer Newsletter 2008

Click here to read our Spring Newsletter 2008

Click here to read our Winter 07/08 Newslestter

Click here to read our Summer Newsletter (July 07)


The WhY Factor:

For over 10 years, Mayzmusik hosted a talent show where the talent of South Wales could showcase their skills for free in an attempt to win the coveted Trophies and a variety of other prizes which, over the decade, ranged from studio time to air-play on local radio.

Below are photos & reviews from the previous shows. The Academy is hugely grateful to all participants, judges, backstage crew & associates who all contributed to a fantastic decade of memories. 

2010 winners


The 2010 Why Factor saw a fantastic number of entries at the Riverfront Studio Theatre in Newport for the Talent Show's (& the Academy's) 10th Anniversary.

But there could only be one winner per category, and the under 15's was won by Harry Jones from Crickhowell, Powys accompanying himself on acoustic guitar with his version of "Half the World Away", originally recorded by Oasis. Harry's voice was described by the judges as a "chocolate" voice. Some of the qualities the judges were looking for were stage presence and talent quality, and Harry had them by the bucketload.

The winner of the band category was The Venue from the Pontypool area in Torfaen with an original song "Road to You", Aidan Bradley playing keyboards and taking lead vocal. Formed less than a year ago, The Venue are already making a name for themselves in the area. Check them out on Facebook. Aidan was also last year's winner of the over 16's category, which he was hoping to repeat this year.

However, the winner of the over 16's category was four times winner of the under 15's category, Harriet Whitehead from Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent. Mayzmusik has seen Harriet grow from a little girl with a lovely voice to a beautiful 16 year old teenager with a voice to raise the rafters. Performing "Cabaret" the Liza Minnelli classic showstopper, Harriet commanded the stage. The judges, Steve Powell from BRO Radio in the Vale of Glamorgan and Stuart Slater from Rockschool in London who were the main sponsors, gave very positive feedback to all contestants but were unanimous in their decision to award the Mayzmusik Talent Award trophy to Harriet.



WhY Factor 2009 winners

Thumbnail of Winners

Now in its ninth year and organised by Mayzmusik Performing Arts Academy and sponsored by InCompany , the WhY Factor attracts talent from all over south-east Wales.

The winner of the Band Award was "House of Cards", a young band aged 11-16 from Abergavenny, Crickhowell and Abersychan with their interpretation of "Starlight" by Muse and will appear live on BRO Radio in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Winner of the 15 and under trophy was, for the fourth year running, Harriet Whitehead, formerly of Abertillery, now living in Deri in Mid Glamorgan, who wowed the audience with "The Wizard and I" from the musical "Wicked". Harriet wins a recording session at Up The Lane Studios in Redbrook, Monmouth, owned by Ron Rogers formerly of T'Pau.

In the 16+ category again the standard was very high, but only one could win and this year it was Aidan Bradley aged 16 from Abersychan with his version of "Under Pressure" by Queen, accompanying himself on piano and engaging the audience with them clapping along from the start. Aidan won the Mayzmusik Talent Award Trophy and a recording session at InCompany Multimedia Studios courtesy of sponsor Adam Courquin. Aidan's competitiors were Ryan Fowler and Donna Marie Watkins from Newport, Zara Mansfield and Duane Edwards from Abergavenny, and Saiorse Berney from Chepstow.

In addition to the prizes, Adam Courquin also kindly donated 10% discount vouchers to each of the acts participating, and Steve Powell was so impressed with the acts that no only did he invite the winners to play live on the Steve Allen Show on BRO Radio, he also offered the same privilege to several other acts, including Toby Evans, Jonny Pugh, Wesley Maddocks, Nina Jones and Saiorse Berney.

Photo of performance

2008 Winners

Winners of 2008

The Riverfront Studio Theatre in Newport was the venue for the 8th WhY Factor Talent Show organised by Abergavenny-based Mayzmusik Performing Arts Academy.

Judges were Paul Roberts from Sunshine Radio, Matt Lane from BRfm (Brynmawr Radio) and AM Discos, and Charles Fountain, Marketing Director of Raglan Music Festival, whose job in choosing winners was made extremely difficult by the high standard in each of the three categories.

The first category to take to the stage were the bands with an average age of just 13 years. After much deliberation, and with only a couple of marks difference, Open Ocean from Caerleon, Usk and Newport with an original composition "Best Laid Plans" were declared the winners with Initial Reaction from Abergavenny runners-up. Open Ocean will now get a chance to be interviewed and have their music played on Sunshine Radio, interviewed on BRfm & will be performing live in Hal's Cocktail Bar in Abergavenny on Wednesday 21st May and again later in June.

Next to perform were the under 15's with a very diverse range of songs, from 10 year old Nina Jones singing Leona Lewis's "A Moment Like This" to Patrick Edwards singing the Sid Vicious version of "My Way" and a guitar instrumental solo "Cliffs of Dover" from Toby Evans. With such a difficult decision to make, the judges eventually chose Harriet Whitehead aged 14 from Blaina who sang Barbara Streisand's "Don't Rain On My Parade". This will be the third time Harriet has won the under 15 competition. Harriet's prize will be a recording session at Jubilee Studios in Blaenavon courtesy of Ken Tomlinson.

Finally taking to the stage were the 16's and over with songs ranging from Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" to Tom Jones's "Kiss". Again a difficult decision to be made by the judges, but the winner was 17 year old Hannah Berney from Pwllmeyric, Chepstow who sang "Get Here" by Oleta Adams. Hannah's prize will be a recording session at In Company Studios courtesy of Adam Courquin.

Initial reaction 2008

All winners receive a trophy which they will keep for one year, when it is hoped that they will return and defend their title.

May Williams from Mayzmusik Performing Arts Academy commented "I never cease to be amazed at the amount of talent we have in this area. I would like to thank all of those who took part and even if they were not winners this time, I hope they all enjoyed the experience of performing in front of a live audience and that they will all continue to demonstrate their talents for many years to come."

Well done to all entrants and a big congratulations for the winners!


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