The search was on for young and talented performers as the first ever Brent's Got Talent auditions began.

More than 100 budding performers aged five to 16 arrived at Copland School, Cecil Avenue, Wembley, last Saturday, hoping to impress judges with their singing, guitar and piano playing, and dancing, after paying £5 to audition.

The project was set up by Corrine Harrison, who created IJac Entertainment in June to run the event. Sponsors include music impresario Medina Anderson and property manager Marcus Grey.

Mother-of-two Harrison, who works as a special educational needs officer at Manor School, Kensal Rise, said: "I didn't feel there was much out there for the young children to show off their talent. My daughter, Aaliyah, does a lot of dancing but a lot of parents don't get the chance to send their children to classes.

"I'm hoping to give some talented children opportunities to express themselves and develop their skills."

More than 50 children now go forward to the semi-finals at the Parish Church of the Ascension, The Avenue, Wembley on November 1, hoping to win a place in the final at Copland school two weeks later.

All the children who entered the annual competition will receive a certificate on finals night from Brent South MP Dawn Butler, who will also present prizes, including cash and studio time, to the overall winners.

Judges for the final include Miss Anderson who is launching music networking site in December, her cousin Olympic middleweight boxing champion James DeGale, ex-Mis-teeq singer Sabrina Washington and actor Danny John-Jules.

Miss Anderson said: "The auditions were absolutely amazing. There is so much talent in this borough and I was overwhelmed by how many children were there."

Other final night guests will include Brent North MP Barry Gardiner, Brent East MP Sarah Teather and Brent police borough commander Mark Toland.

To buy tickets for the semi-finals or final call Corrine on 07983 260 023, and to find out more visit