VIDEO: Sneak preview of the Berkhamsted acts performing in next week’s Berko Unplugged

There is just a week left until the latest showcase of Berkhamsted’s young music and dance talent, Berko Unplugged.

The show will feature the likes of singer Amelia Cochrane, 16, drummer Rhys Cox, 18, and dancers Issy Russell, 17, and Dan Elliman, 16.

Berko Unplugged 2013.''From left: Amelia Cochrane, Issy Russell, Rhys Cox, Noah Thornbury-Phillips, Dan Elliman.

Berko Unplugged 2013.''From left: Amelia Cochrane, Issy Russell, Rhys Cox, Noah Thornbury-Phillips, Dan Elliman.

The event will be compered by Noah Thornbury-Phillips, who is just 13.

They will be on stage in front of a packed crowd at the Centenary Hall in Berkhamsted on Saturday, November 9.

Student of the town’s Ashlyns School Dan will be dancing to Michael Jackson’s songs.

To look the part, he has bought a £101 tailor-made replica of the jacket used by Michael during his ‘Bad’ tour.

Dan said: “I have done Berko Unplugged for two years running now and I think it’s gone down well. But this year, we’re trying to make it a little bit more professional.

“I’ve got two backing dancers, hopefully a wig and make-up to look a bit more like the man himself, and I just hope everyone has a good time.”

Ashlyns student Issy will be performing an ambitious contemporary dance to Eminem’s Love The Way You Lie, featuring Rihanna.

Issy, who has been dancing since she was four, said: “I will be absolutely knackered at the end of this. This routine is quite intense. It is a flat-out three-minute dance, so it is a bit like doing a sprint.”

She says she likes the contrast between Eminem’s rapping and Rihanna’s singing.

She said: “I just like keeping the audience on their toes and watching, so they don’t know what I am going to do next.”

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts pupil Amelia will sing Memories from the musical Cats.

She has had singing lessons since she was nine and chose the song so she could show of her impressive vocal range of very low to very high notes.

She plans on applying to musical theatre schools in New York after leaving Tring Park’s sixth-form.

She said: “Singing makes me really happy, and it’s what I absolutely love doing. I love the rush of adrenaline you get as you leave the stage.”

West Herts College student Rhys will be doing a drum battle with a guitarist. It’s going to have an African drumming feel to it, but Rhys is keeping the exact details of the routine secret until the night itself.

Berko Unplugged is staged each year to raise money for Berkhamsted’s Swan Youth Centre, which caters for young people aged 12 to 18.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children. To buy tickets, phone the youth club on 01442 384349.