heather small to perform at the 2012 british 10k london run

Special Olympics Great Britain has been chosen as the Official Charity Partner for the British 10k London Run in 2012. The charity’s ambassadors, double Olympic Gold medallist Darren Campbell MBE, football pundit Chris Kamara, Olympic Bronze medallist Katharine Merry, and singer Heather Small formerly of M People, are all backing Special Olympics GB's goal to get 2,012 runners fundraising for the charity on 8 July 2012.

The charity aims to raise over £500k to reach out to a further 12,000 athletes in London and across the country over the next 2 years and help transform the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.

Special Olympics GB ambassador and double Olympic Gold Medallist Darren Campbell MBE said; “The race route is absolutely fantastic – I can’t wait! The chance to run safely through the heart of the capital past all your favourite landmarks with 25,000 others who are all having a great time is truly immense. Special Olympics do some amazing work in offering sporting opportunities to people with learning disabilities so it really is a great cause to be running for.”

Organisers have also confirmed that Heather Small from M People will sing her rousing song ‘Proud’ at the start ceremony on Piccadilly to get all 25,000 runners truly inspired for their race. Runners will also receive a new high quality finishers’ medal as well as electronic chip timing and an SMS text of their finish time sent directly to their mobiles after finishing to mark this special race.

Next year’s event, promises to be the best in its history. Taking place during the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee year and just 19 days before the start of the Olympic Games, London at this time will be bustling with excitement making for a truly memorable race on a course which passes the city’s most historic and famous landmarks such as Big Ben, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

The 10k race has sold out for the past six years and with the 2012 event set to be such a special occasion, interest is expected to be higher than ever.

Runners looking to secure a place in the 2012 British 10k London Run and raise money for Special Olympics Great Britain can register online.

the big audition winner is...

Last night saw The Big Audition with Jamie Cullum draw to a close with 5 finalists each performing a 10 minute showcase to a crowded room at PizzaExpress in Kensington Olympia.

With a judging panel comprising of Jamie Cullum, Sir Michael Parkinson, Heather Small, Clive Davis and Beth Rowley, the finalists really had to bring their A-game. A career launching prize included £5000 from Barclaycard Freedom and a three night residency at the famed PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Dean Street, Soho was on offer.

The finalists included singer/songwriter Andy Lewis, jazzy blue-eyed soul trio from the US The Yesberger Band, South Londoners Offbeat South, 14 year old Elle Watson and teen jazz duo Palms13.

From over 7,500 entries the act that was awarded first place was Offbeat South. Their dubstep production with live instrumentation worked a treat with the crowd – people were literally jumping!

View a video of the judges and the final 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIFt-eLCdn0

heather small will be a judge at 'the big audition'

Heather Small will be one of the judges for the Pizza Express final of 'The Big Audition with Jamie Cullum' on 23rd November 2011. The other judges include Jamie Cullum, Michael Parkinson, Beth Rowley and Clive Davis.

From 'The Big Audition' website:

What is The Big Audition with Jamie Cullum?

We're putting the call out to every high street in the country, looking for real music talent, to give someone the chance to launch their music career. The competition is open to everyone. Whether you're a singer or a musician, a solo artist or in a band, this could be your big break. Whatever you’re into, from rock to pop, folk to rap, we want you to share your talent with us. Our love of live music goes back 40 years to when our founder Peter Boizot opened the PizzaExpress Jazz Club in London. Jamie Cullum got his big break playing there and now he's back to help us find the next big name in live music.

The Prize

To help launch the career of our winner, they will win:

- The chance to perform at the legendary PizzaExpress Jazz Club in London

- £5000 to help kick-start your career courtesy of Barclaycard Freedom

heather small interview - ambassador for barnardo's & recording new tracks!

The charity Barnardo’s recently announced a three-year long campaign called Cut Them Free, which aims to help parents protect their children from being groomed by sexual predators.

Singer Heather Small, a long-time supporter and proud ambassador of Barnardo’s has visited various projects and worked with victims of child sexual exploitation. She tells 'The Voice' why she feels honoured to be working with the charity.

What inspired you to become an ambassador for Barnardo's?

‘The inspiring thing about Barnardo’s is that it’s a charity that makes a real difference. I’ve seen at first hand some of the work they do and the difference it can make to children’s lives. It’s a charity that has moved with the times without forgetting old school values.’

What does being an ambassador mean to you?

‘Besides being an honour, it’s a charity that I grew up admiring. I think it’s my role to help raise awareness on an ongoing basis of the issues facing so many of the UK’s disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people.’

What have you learned from your experiences about abused children?

‘The children and young people that are the victims of sexual exploitation often don’t recognise that they are being exploited. The perpetrators view these children as a big money making opportunity, and they play a slow and calculating game.

They will shower attention and gifts on the young girls and then persuade them to keep their ‘relationship’ a secret. Sadly, this is often the most attention that these vulnerable children/ young teens have ever had from anyone in their lives, so they respond very positively to it and believe these men are their boyfriends, and that they’re in love.

‘This is when the perpetrators begin asking the girls for ‘favours’ – which will be sleeping with other men for money – and they continue to shower them with gifts and attention, and so it continues.’

What should parents look out for?

‘There are a number of tell-tale signs that parents can look out for if their child is being groomed. For example, they may go missing for periods of time or regularly return home late. They could be missing school or not taking part in education.

‘It’s possible that their child may appear with unexplained gifts or new possessions, and they could be suffering from sexually transmitted infections, drug and alcohol misuse, or even displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour.’

What would you say to any parents reading this who are worried for their children?

‘As a parent it’s really important to openly discuss with your children the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, so you can keep a relaxed, open dialogue going with them on such topics and use it to highlight potential risks to them.

‘It’s also about being aware of new, unexplained gifts or possessions that they come home with and carefully monitoring any episodes of staying out late or not returning home. Keep an eye on any older people your child may start up friendships with too, especially if they seem to be becoming quite intense.

‘If you are concerned that a child is at risk of sexual exploitation you can contact one of Barnardo’s specialist sexual exploitation projects for advice. Just visit the website below for their contact details:

www.barnardos.org.uk/specialist_sexual_exploitation_projects, but if you think a child is in immediate danger, call 999 or contact your local police.’

How has becoming a parent changed your life?

‘I have one son and becoming a parent has made me realise that every child should have the right to a safe, loving environment where their needs are paramount. The joy of children and having young people around makes you realise that you are not only a teacher but a pupil also.’

If you could change three things for children around the world, what would you change and why?

'The large majority of local council’s children’s services departments in England do not yet recognise child sexual exploitation as a problem in their areas. But it is very real and it is happening to children everywhere, every day. I would like all areas of England to wake up to this and join the fight to prevent this from happening under our noses.

‘Two, education – lots of children don’t go to school, as they are working. I would like all children to have an education and a childhood and not be exploited.'

‘Three, lots of companies have bad practice around the world – for instance, contamination of water by oil. There are situations where children don’t have safe water to drink, families use contaminated water for crops and are living in unsafe environments.

‘I would like to think that all companies and businesses in the world are accountable.’

What do you have in your musical pipeline?

‘I’ve been back in the studio recently to record a couple of Beatles songs which will be on an album called ‘The Ladies Love’.

‘I won’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but me and a few other girls have recorded a selection of Beatles love songs in our own style. It’s a little bit different to what people might expect from me.

‘At the moment it’s still in progress, but we’re working with a great producer and what we’ve heard coming out so far is really exciting.’

new m people ep release

On 16th September 2011, Sony Music released a series of digital EPs entitled '4 Hits' for a variety of artists who were signed to the label, including M People.

The M People '4 Hits' EP features the tracks:

1) Moving On Up

2) Search For The Hero

3) Itchycoo Park

4) Open Your Heart (Radio MIx)

You can download the EP from digital stores including iTunes and HMV.

annual starting blocks gala dinner 2011 with lord sebastian coe & heather small

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Lord Sebastian Coe is the guest speaker at the 2011 Starting Blocks Gala Dinner on 15 September 2011 at indigO2. Heather Small, the voice of the London 2012 bid, will also be performing at the event.

Date: 15th September 2011 Venue: indigO2 at The O2 Meet Lord Coe and local 2012 hopefuls

At the dinner you will hear from Lord Coe about the London preparations, and meet some of our young athletes and hear their experiences first hand. Greenwich Starting Blocks Ambassadors and 2012 hopefuls Zoe Smith (weightlifting) and Gemma Gibbons (Judo) will attend the event. Lord Coe is a true sporting legend. During his sporting career he won four Olympic medals - two gold - and smashed 12 world records. In 2005 he led the British team that won the bid to bring the Games to London in 2012 and now chairs the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Singer Heather Small, who is also known as the iconic voice of the London 2012 bid, will perform top hits at the event.

Tickets for this glittering occasion are just £90 including a £15 gift aid donation, or £75 without a donation. Your ticket includes a champagne reception and a sumptuous three course dinner. You can also buy tickets for a whole table - which seats ten to 12 people - and bring your own guests. Tickets are in heavy demand and places are limited. To reserve your tickets now please contact:

Tel: 020 8921 5408 Email: starting-blocks@greenwich.gov.uk

Proceeds from the tickets will go to Greenwich Starting Blocks Trust, a charity which identifies and supports our very best local talent. Over the past five years, the trust has supported over 87 athletes, of which six have a real chance to represent Team Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

heather small i-d magazine cover in exhibition

In 1994 Heather Small featured on the 135th issue of i-D magazine entitled 'The Saturday Night Issue'. The magazine cover is currently on display at London’s Red Gallery as part of an exhibition showcasing more than three decades of historic covers.

The exhibition runs from the 1st to 18th September 2011, 11AM – 8PM (closed Sundays):

The Red Gallery, 3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DT

E-mail: hello@redgallerylondon.com Tel: 020 7729 8080

heather small performs at a 70th birthday bash!

Fred Done Stages Glittering Birthday Bash For Wife Mo

Manchester Evening News

Behind every successful man is a woman and bookie Fred Done wasn't going to argue with this old saying at his wife's glittering 70th birthday bash at the weekend. Fred said he sure picked a winner when he first started dating Mo at the tender age of 15 on home turf in Salford. And he acknowledged his wife's key role in his phenomenal success, building his business to become the largest independent bookmaker's chain in the country.

Fred laid on a star-studded “Mo-town” party for his beloved at Manchester Central on Saturday night, hosted by family friend, Vince Miller and attended by guests including former top jockey Jonjo O'Neill.

Salford tenor Russell Watson gave a rousing performance of favourites including Nessun Dorma and You Raise Me Up before Londoner Heather Small, who had a string of hits with Manchester band M People, took to the stage to remind the delighted party goers of that amazing voice.

“I always say I am an honorary Mancunian,” said Heather, who has sold 10m records. “I feel at home here. It is very close to my heart. It is also a very resilient city and always bounces back – either from bombings or rioting.”

But as well as her fantastic voice, her amazing figure wowed the audience of over 200, with women desperate to know how the 46 year old mum maintains her flawless physique.

She revealed: “I go to the gym five times a week where I do cardio for an hour and some light weights. I have recently taken up Zumba as I enjoy dancing to the Latin beats.”

elegant slumming at harrods!

Sony Music’s leading dance music imprint, Deconstruction Records, has launched its first clothing range with a high-quality t-shirt line exclusive to Harrods. The t-shirts have been designed by Deconstruction Records’ Creative Director, Mark Farrow, and feature the labels iconic slogans and graphics that have continued to define one of dance music’s most respected brands. With current artists on the Deconstruction roster including Beth Ditto, Retro/Grade, Jack Beats, Burns, Murray James and Axwell, and Mark Farrow’s longstanding creative partnerships with the likes of Kylie Minogue and the Pet Shop Boys, it promises to be a very special range.

One of the designs features the title of the M People album 'Elegant Slumming'. A selection of Deconstrution t-shirts are available now from the Men’s Lab, Lower Ground Floor. Retailing from £40, the t-shirts are constructed from 100% lightweight cotton.