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Valleys musicians have the Phoenix Factor for charity
Nothing New performing
Nothing New will be one of the guest bands playing at the grand final

Teenagers are staging a music contest across the Rhondda this month to raise money for a local cancer charity.

The Phoenix Factor is open to bands and solo artists aged 12 and over and auditions are taking place in March.

The winner will get the chance to have their CD single recorded in a professional studio.

The finals of the competition will be held in Parc Hall, Cwmparc, on 27 March and the audience will be able to vote for their favourite act.

The competition is being organised by 19-year-old media student and radio producer Kyle J Webber with the support of volunteers from Treorchy Comprehensive school, Plugged In music magazine, youth website WICID, and community music organisation Complete Control Music.

The event will raise money for Treorchy-based charity Community Cancer Services.

Kyle decided to organise the Phoenix Factor when local charities came to his sixth form college to talk about doing voluntary work.

He met representatives from Community Cancer Care who offered pupils the chance to work on a project with them and create a charity event of their choice.

Organiser of the Phoenix Factor Kyle Webber
Kyle decided to organise the event to raise money for a local cancer charity

Kyle says he wanted to help a local charity that doesn't get as much funding or have as high a profile as national charities but he also wanted to organise an enjoyable event that involved the whole community.

"The hope is of course to raise money and awareness for the charity, but also to help promote the contestants," he says.

"Hopefully the prize which includes a professional recording session and the chance to be managed locally will help the winner if they decide to pursue a career in music.

"I really hope the show is something that the community will enjoy and an event that can continue into the future."

Auditions are taking place in local comprehensive schools and also at Ynyswen Welfare Hall on Saturday 6 March and Pontypridd YMCA on Sunday 7 and Saturday 13 March.

The contest will be aired on local community radio stations Rhondda Radio and GTFM in Pontypridd.

In addition to getting the chance to record their own CD single, the winner of the Phoenix Factor will get a local management contract giving them the chance to perform in gigs across the Rhondda.

Contestants will have to impress a panel of judges consisting of musicians and media experts from the valleys.

The quarter and semi finals will be held on 20 and 26 March when the acts will be narrowed down from twelve to the four who'll appear in the grand final on 27 March.

Local bands SAL, Nothing New and Fourth Street Traffic will also be performing in the final as special guest artists.

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