TransPennine Express gives the North’s rising stars the chance to shine

Friday 02nd December 2016
TransPennine Express gives the North’s rising stars the chance to shine

Six talented individuals from across the North and Scotland were given the chance to shine in front of thousands of commuters during a special event at Huddersfield station.

The railway station played host to new and established talent from the worlds of art, food and music.

Those showcasing talents were the winners of TransPennine Express’ (TPE) ‘Where Next Project’ which saw new talent in each field paired up with established mentors.

Artists Daniel Hunt (aged 36, from Edinburgh) and Louise Ferguson (aged 19, from Manchester) created huge artworks which depicting the experience of travel around the North and Scotland – as seen from the TPE journey.

The pair travelled the TPE network to seek inspiration for their pieces which they created under the guidance of mentor Julia Bickerstaff.

Elsewhere, Pizza Chef Antonio Curiale (aged 47, from Selby) and bacon entrepreneur Mark Reynolds (aged 50 from Aberdeenshire) served up ‘Pizzolo’ with bacon, much to the delight of hungry customers.

The pizzolo is a typical Sicilian flat-bread pizza which is cut in half and stuffed with savoury ingredients including onions, mozzarella and tomato sauce and put again in the oven.

Olive oil, parmesan and pepper was sprinkled on top and the dish was topped off with Mark Reynolds’ artisan bacon, direct from his Piggery Smokery business in Aberdeenshire.

Meanwhile, Shaun Keaveny’s Future Stars’ Steph Chungu (aged 21, from Burnley) and Jack Gillian (aged 19, from Edinburgh) were on hand to create a live podcast of the event – interviewing TPE colleagues, mentors, other Future Stars and customers alike.

The podcast will be available online from at in due course.

Scottish TV chef Tony Singh, Leeds-born neon artist Julia Bickerstaff and Lancashire-raised radio DJ Shaun Keaveny headed up the food and drink, art and music categories respectively and helped each ‘Future Star’ to deliver a special exhibition in Huddersfield.

Sue Whaley, Human Resources Director, for TransPennine Express said: 

“It’s no secret that The North and Scotland is home to burgeoning talents across multiple industries, today we have seen that come to life.”

“At TransPennine Express, we are constantly looking for ways to innovate and develop the communities we serve. From undergoing recruitment drives to attract a young and more diverse workforce to launching initiatives such as the Where Next Project which hopes to further creative industries. What we’ve seen today is the future and how making connections with those who have already made it can help those who are making their first steps to becoming the stars of tomorrow.”

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