We are having a 'charity' concert in a few weeks time and have held open auditions - (the concert will be a mix of ensembles and solos from KS4 pupils, drama performances, dance and pupils successful in the auditions). There were a number of very good auditions and we found a couple of pupils with performing skills that we knew nothing about. A number of pupils who were not successful in the auditions held before the Easter holiday were given the opportunity to have another try today having been advised to learn their words etc. It was an 'interesting' set of auditions that left me wondering about several things including ..................... Why, oh why do they think I will say "yes you can perform a solo/duet on the stage in the school hall in a concert" when they struggle to sing without looking at the words on a youtube Karaoke/don't know when to start singing/look at their feet/mumble/get embarrassed when performing to a very small number of others who are auditioning in the music classroom. One of them said I have to let her perform in the concert because she needs to practice singing in front of a crowd as she will be going on Britain's Got Talent next year. Do more young people believe that they have 'got what it takes' because of these talent shows? do more feel able to have a go? do they have a false understanding of their chances of success? I do not want to discourage enthusiasm and will be looking at ways to develop their skills but there will be several 'difficult' conversations tomorrow.