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FROM R&B to opera, musicians from across The News region are hoping to make it big after sailing through to the regional finals of a prestigious music competition.

Fifteen talented soloists and groups beat hundreds of auditionees to secure a spot in regional heats of this year’s Live and Unsigned competition in Gunwharf Quays on April 21.

If they make it through to the live finals at the O2 in London in July, they will be in with a chance of winning £10,000 to support their career and appearances at gigs worldwide.

Jasmine Bowman, 13, a student at Priory School in Southsea, got through with her performance of Scottish artist Emeli Sande’s Next to Me.

She said: ‘When I found out I got through, I was shocked, ecstatic and couldn’t wait to tell my family the news.

‘This means so much to me.’

Carlton Osbourne, a 28-year-old R&B singer and songwriter of Thurben Road, North End, is also through.

He said: ‘I would like to help put the city of Portsmouth on the map!’

Another success story is classical music singer Alexandria Wynn, 21, from Gosport.

She is a member of operatic trio The Sirens who wowed judges with their rendition of You Lift Me Up.

The regional finals will be held at Highlight, Gunwharf Quays, on April 22.