The three winning entries in Dorking Halls’ lockdown home music video competition ‘Social Sounds’ have been chosen by the public in an online vote.
The winners, whose videos received the highest number of votes are, in no particular order: singer-songwriter Aaron Norton with his acoustic cover of Oasis’s ‘She’s Electric’; acoustic harmony duo Dragonfly Sky with their cover of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Secret World’; 14-year-old violinist Matthew English, playing Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ on his balcony to neighbours during Thursday’s weekly ‘Clap for Our Carers’.
The winners will perform at Dorking Halls when it reopens at a special Social Sounds event.
There were 41 entries in total from all ages, including reggae, acoustic harmonies, pop covers, choirs, a brass ensemble, rock and a piano medley.
34-year-old father of two, singer-songwriter and guitar teacher Aaron Norton recorded his video in his home studio garage in North Holmwood. He said: “Thank you for your support everyone! I’m totally overwhelmed by how involved everyone has been in voting and sharing the competition. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and am very excited to perform at Dorking Halls post-lockdown.”
Dragonfly Sky are enchanting and engaging acoustic harmony duo vocalist Amy Whiter and guitarist Chris Lee from Epsom, who regularly perform at venues and festivals in and around Surrey. They have a large repertoire of atmospheric, original songs with rich harmonies. Amy said: “Thank you so much Dorking Halls and everyone that voted for our video. We’re looking forward to playing at this lovely venue.”
Despite being deaf in one ear from microtia-atresia, a condition in which the ear and ear canal doesn’t develop, Matthew English, from Kent, is determined to prove that children like him can achieve anything they want. He said: “I wanted to play the violin from when I was very young. I hope winning this competition will help raise awareness of microtia-atresia and hearing loss and inspire other children with similar conditions to follow their dreams.
“I have enjoyed cheering people during lockdown just before the clapping for NHS and carers. I help care for my grandmother and appreciate how important it is to look after those we love, so I play the tune in dedication of all those who are carers.”
Keith Garrow, General Manager of Dorking Halls, said: “Congratulations to our three winners, they’ve all done extremely well as the competition was fierce. We really enjoyed sharing such a huge amount of talent across social media, and helping to entertain everyone at home during lockdown. Thank you to everyone who voted. We can’t wait to start planning the event.”
Take a look at the winning videos at dorkinghalls.co.uk/socialsounds