UCW graduate Marvin’s got talent

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BGT star Marvin "The Jazzman" Muoneke cast in Weston College production of A Christmas Carol

University Centre Weston (UCW) graduate Marvin “The Jazzman” Muoneke has made it through to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent after wowing the audience and judges on a recent episode of the show.

The 22-year-old jazz singer, who graduated from UCW last year, is performing in the competition as part of a duo called The Ratpackers with musical partner Dennis DeMillle, 51.

They received a standing ovation from the audience and judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams for their performance of Frank Sinatra song New York, New York last month.

They will now get the chance to perform live to the nation this week, with the top two from each show making it through to the grand final on Sunday 3 June.

Londoner Marvin, who achieved a Foundation Degree in Popular Music and an Honours Top-up Degree in Professional Music Performance and Production during his time at UCW, said: “It was a great, great feeling to receive such lovely comments from the judges after spending so long preparing the routine.

“It’s been cool to join forces with Dennis and Britain’s Got Talent came along at just the right time as we were thinking about doing a show based on the Rat Pack.

“My social media has gone crazy since the show, so I’d like to say a massive thank you for all of the messages of support.

“The whole experience has been fantastic so far and hopefully we’ll get through to the final.

“My time at UCW gave me the opportunity to focus on my passions of performing and writing songs.”

The Ratpackers’ previous BGT performance was filmed in January at the London Palladium, with their initial audition taking place in the Sovereign Centre in Weston in October.

Marvin has performed extensively over the south west, and his commitment to his career even meant that he had a gig booked in Cardiff on the night his previous performance was broadcast.

He added: “The audience were a bit surprised as the promoter set up a projector to show Britain’s Got Talent just before I walked out on stage, so that was really fun.”

The music degrees at UCW are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.