We are delighted to announce that pupils from Westbrook Old Hall School have made the top 30 selection for the Young Songwriter of the Year competition for the 8-12 year old category! Katrina and Beatrice, pictured here, are in year five and entered the competition after encouragement from their teacher in school, Mr Oates.
The Young Songwriter competition, organized by the Song Academy, is the leading international songwriting competition for 8-18 year olds that champions the creative talents of young people, gets their songs heard and unites young songwriters worldwide.
Entries are judged by a panel of professional songwriters, singers, musicians and expert industry professionals. The judges this year included Tom Odell and Imelda May!
Katrina was interviewed by the song academy in the run up to the award ceremony and told them about her inspiration for the song she penned with Beatrice, which is called ‘Stars’.
“I was upset about some things that were happening in school with friends, so I’ve put it into words and expressed how I really felt. Songwriting allows you to explore your own feelings and sometimes play around with your words, because you’re basically writing a story to share.”
Janet Whittingham, Deputy Music Education Commissioner and Vocal Strategy Lead, said “It’s a huge achievement to have been selected in the top 30 songs, particularly given that this is an international competition judged by music professionals. It is categorical proof of the sheer talent that we have here in the region, and the support that our music teachers give to their students.”
For the full interview with Katrina, please visit the Song Academy Special Feature post, here: SPECIAL FEATURE ON TOP 30 SONGWRITER KATRINA TAN