January 1, 2012
Beth Porch is a remarkable young artist. When she was 11 at Westcliff School in 2006, she was awarded The Helen Foundation Award for ‘Best Endeavour in the Arts’ – one of the very first recipients of the then newly-created award. 5 years later, in a different school with different staff deciding who this year’s The Helen Foundation Award winner should be – they chose Beth! She becomes the very first young person to win the Award twice.
Her citation reads: “This year’s recipient of the The Helen Foundation Award is a talented musician and song-writer. She is aware that there is much more to making music than plugging in an electric instrument and so much of her work is acoustic.
As a performer, she appears relaxed, yet an intense engagement with her material is clear. Indeed one of the most remarkable things about this person is the degree of originality and ownership she displays in the work she produces.
As an actor she displays a similar originality and maturity of approach. Her portrayal of Lorna in The Allotment was deeply felt. Her empathy for the character made this performance of the very highest order. In drama and music she displays a keen understanding of the importance of ensemble working. As a performer she is both grounded and generous.”
Beth’s parents are rightly proud of her achievement – as we all are. They wrote to us saying: “Yes, we are proud parents but have to take our hats off to Beth for her self devotion to making music and motivating all of those around her whether at school, church or at home. She has been writing songs since primary school. In fact she penned the school leavers’ song used at the Westcliff school leavers evening where she received the Helen Foundation Award 6 years ago! Without doubt, this encouraged her to persist in her musical journey.”