Norfolk pupil reaches finals of a national song writing competition
1st May 2014

Romy Sipek, a Year 8 pupil at Gresham’s Prep School in Holt has just been named as one of the finalists in a national song writing competition with her song, Devil from Above. As a result, Romy who is one of 10 finalists in the 7-12 year old category of the Young Songwriter Competition 2014, will perform with a professional band at the Song Academy showcase in London in June 2014.

The national competition which is now in its third year is an exciting platform for aspiring young songwriters to have their songs heard by industry professionals, with an opportunity to release their own single. Director of Music, Nathan Waring said, “Romy has shown considerable flair as a singer/songwriter since her early days at Gresham’s Pre-Prep. She regularly performs her own music, accompanying herself on the piano or guitar in school concerts and I’m thrilled that she has now achieved some national recognition for her talent.”

Romy wrote her first song when she was 10 years old and has written six songs to date.  She is currently working on her seventh song!  Her musical influences are electronic chart music and she also likes Taylor Swift.

Having received the news of her selection Romy said, "It's always been a dream of mine to be a songwriter. I didn't expect to make the final but now I have, I'm very excited".

The judging panel which includes such songwriters as Jamie Scott (One Direction), Debbie Wiseman MBE, Rob Davis (Kylie Minogue) and producers Lyn Goddard and Denzyl Feigelson (Apple iTunes), will shortly be choosing the winner of the competition who will get to record their song at a London recording studio.

Eg White, British musician, songwriter and producer and best known for his work with Duffy and Adele commented,”Normally upon listening to the results of a song writing competition, what comes across is how the competitors are trying to write commercial sounding music or impress with their cleverness or catchiness, but listening to these songs, I just really enjoyed the music, and could actually feel the people behind the songs, which has to be pretty close to the whole point of writing!”

To listen to the songs by the 2014 finalists visit the Song Academy website at, where Romy Sipek’s composition, Devil from Above is featured.



Notes to Editor:


Gresham’s is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 3 to 18. The school is set in 200 acres of beautiful countryside, just four miles from the North Norfolk coast, most of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


The school was founded in 1555 by Sir John Gresham who went on to become Lord Mayor of London and forged close ties with the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. Strong links with the City of London remain today.


Old Greshamians have achieved great success in many fields and include the composer Benjamin Britten, the poet W H Auden and hovercraft inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell. More recent alumni include BAFTA winning actress, Olivia Colman, inventor and businessman James Dyson, film director Stephen Frears and international rugby players, Tom and Ben Youngs. 

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