GBRT Junior X Factor

The annual GBRT Junior X Factor competition is the largest and most established talent competition in the Market Harborough area. The heats and finals provide an opportunity to perform in front of professional musicians and packed audiences. Entry and tickets to the finals are completely free and each participant receives written feedback on their heat audition of ways to further improve. 


GBRT Junior X Factor 2019

The heats for the 2019 competition will be held during the weekend of 8th-10th March 2019 at Great Bowden Village Hall and the Finals will be held at the Jubilee Hall in Market Harborough Congregational church on Saturday 16th March 2019. More details will be available here soon.


GBRT Junior X Factor 2018

Well done to all of the GBRT Junior X Factor 2018 Finalists. After a high quality and closely fought Finals concert on Saturday 10th March the prize winners were as follows:

Overall 1st Place:

Katie Marshall (Voice) who performed O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini

Overall 2nd Place:

Gabriel Smith (Voice) who performed Waspish Tango from The Bees Knees by Matthew Milner

Overall 3rd Place: 

Lottie Timson (Voice and Guitar) who performed Breezeblocks by alt-J

Most Promising Instrumentalist:  Boris Dring (Piano)

Most Promising Vocalist: Lily Hall 

Best Original Composition: MaxX Milner (Voice and Guitar) for his original song What I’d Do

Heat Winners:

School Years 10-13:  Katie Marshall (Voice)

School Years 7-9:  Lottie Timson (Voice and Guitar)

School Years 1-6:  Gabriel Smith (Voice)


Entry Requirements


The competition is open to vocalists and instrumentalists who are:

  • living within 20 miles of Market Harborough
  • in school years 1-13
  • performing as an individuals or a group


During the heats entrants compete in four categories:

  • School Years 1-6
  • School Years 7-9
  • School Years 10-13
  • Original Composition


Multiple entries into each category are permitted all long as they are not on the same instrument.

At the heat audition each entrant must perform one piece up to 5 minutes in length on their chosen instrument or voice.

Entrants may perform with a CD backing track or unaccompanied. 

Entrants will be notified within 48 hours of their each heat whether they have won a place in the finals.

Judges decisions are final.

No audio or visual recording  of any of the auditions or performances  are permitted.



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