We had some amazing entries to our Musically Creative Challenge, from primary and secondary age. And we were also delighted to receive entries from ARB’s (special educational needs units within schools), and from a whole-class First Access group – their first experience of song-writing.
You can hear all the winners and runners up below….
The two winners are….
Over 12 category
Rachael, Year 12
Under 12 category
Milly, Year 5
Here’s what our judges had to say about Rachael’s entry:
"This is a mature piece of writing with a very clear structure and storyline. A very atmospheric voice with clear diction and beautiful guitar playing too." "A composition that demonstrates some classic folk features, but also sounds contemporary." The choice of vocals with a modern sounding James Bay type guitar tone gave this piece a really interesting character. The transitions between 6 and 5 were really well executed, and then the change of feel at the end of the piece added another level of interest (rolling 6/8 songs can get a bit repetitive, but you managed to change it to keep it interesting at exactly the right place.) The rhythms of the vocals are complex and juxtapose the accompaniment really well. A really well written composition.
And here are their thoughts on Milly’s song:
"What a fantastic composition and performance. This piece has a real storyline and is a beautifully presented entry. Very impressive on so many levels!" "A musical theatre-esque composition that captures the frustration of captivity." Lyrically this piece is very effective and has a lot of emotional power, particularly as the piece builds to the finale. The melody works well with the accompaniment. I enjoyed the way that the accompaniment had a pulsing rhythm that really captured the idea of animals running in the wild, but also showed a feeling of frustrated energy. A very effective composition!
Both winners will have:
- Their piece recorded and filmed in a professional studio.
- Plus BBC Radio Cornwall have offered to play the winner’s track (date to be confirmed).
We had some very strong runners up tracks, so it wasn’t an easy decision for the judges. You can hear them all below….
Nature inspires music.
And here’s the music….
(In ascending age order)
Imagination creates reality.Richard Wagner