Sam Wonfor

Sam Wonfor

Sam Wonfor is an award-winning arts and entertainments writer who has worked in North East journalism since 2001.

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Culture Awards: Nadine Shah brought the awards to a close with a duo of songs

The Whitburn-born singer, who was named as Performing Artist of the Year says she is looking forward to moving back home

Culture Awards at Sunderland Minster. Special contribution to North East Culture, GNR culture

Culture Awards: Great North Run Culture gets the Special Contribution Award

A decade of new commissions and creative companionship to the world's greatest half marathon was rewarded in Sunderland

Hyde and Beast

Culture Awards: Hyde and Beast with the Whitburn Singers took to the Sunderland Minster stage

The Sunderland band - Dave Hyde and Neil Bassett - missed out on the Performing Artist of the Year award, but performed a more than memorable set

Culture Awards at Sunderland Minster. Pictured Hawthorn Primary Orchestra performing at the Awards

Culture Awards Performance: Hawthorn Primary School's In Harmony orchestra wow the crowd in Sunderland Minster

A Star Wars medley and an extract from Vivaldi's Four Seasons were played by the inaugural recipients of the Special Award for Young Achievement

Culture Awards at Sunderland Minster. Pictured is David Almond reading from his Opera Miracle

Culture Awards: David Almond reads an exclusive extract from his opera for Sunderland

The award-winning author revealed its name as MIRACLE! An Opera of Two Halves. It will premiere at Sunderland Minster in the autumn

Culture Awards at Sunderland Minster. Pictured Hawthorn Primary Orchestra performing at the Awards

Culture Awards: All the winners and highlights from a special night in Sunderland

Hyde and Beast, Hawthorn Primary School and Richard Dawson completed the stellar line up of performances at Sunderland Minster

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The Journal Culture Awards 2014: RECAP from the event at Sunderland Minster

Recognising and rewarding the best of North East creative talent tonight at the Journal Culture Awards in Sunderland

Culture Awards: Nadine Shah, David Almond, GNR Culture and Great North Passion among the winners

A special night at Sunderland Minster also saw performances from Hyde and Beast, Richard Dawson and Hawthorn Primary

Artist Corinne Lewis-Ward who has created the Culture Award trophies at the Sage, Gateshead

Culture Awards: Gateshead artist reveals the trophies which the winners will be taking home

Corinne Lewis-Ward won a £1,000 commission, sponsored by Historic England, to create the bespoke trophies for the Culture Awards

Culture Awards 2014

Culture Awards 2014: All you need to know

The Journal Culture Awards 2014 take place at Sunderland Minster on June 30, 2015. Here's a rundown of all the finalists hoping to take the trophies home


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