The annual extravaganza of the Farnham Schools’ Confederation annual talent show – Farnham’s Got Talent 2023 – was held in the Medici Theatre at Weydon School.

It gave the opportunity for 14 confederation schools to showcase their talents in various acts ranging from Taiko drumming to tap dancing, dance, solo singers and infant choirs.

The Farnham Schools’ Confederation is made up of 18 local schools – a mix of infant, junior, primary, secondary and special needs, stand alone and academy schools.

This fundraiser, for special educational needs in the confederation schools, is an enrichment evening event that gives the children from all the confederation schools an opportunity to showcase their talents.

The first Farnham’s Got Talent competition was in 2011. The idea came from a student at The Ridgeway School. She loved singing and asked if there could be a talent contest.

It was decided that the event should be bigger than the school, so Darryl Morgan, headteacher of The Ridgeway School, suggested having a confederation-wide talent show.

The judges were Paralympian Rachel Morris, Aldershot Princes Theatre pantomime producer Robert Hopkins, and David Boyle from Tandridge Music.

Farnham mayor Alan Earwaker awarded rising stars trophies to 13 children at The Abbey School for their singing performance of Together We Can Change The World, and to ten children from St Andrew’s School who performed a musical theatre piece of Let’s Go Fly A Kite from Mary Poppins.

The overall winners for 2023 were five Taiko drummers from Potters Gate Primary School.