Five girls from St Swithun’s Junior
School, Winchester have reached the final in a national songwriting
Sofia Goodale and Annabel Yeatman, both
aged 10 from Winchester, and Lucy Benton, aged 11 from Ropley, originally
composed their song, Disco Crazy for
the school’s own Fame Academy competition. They were joined by singers Ira
Khosla, aged 11 from Basingstoke and Sianna Barling, aged 10 from Alresford to
form a band called POW which won the audience prize in the school’s competition.
They then submitted the song to the Song
Academy national competition. Judged by some of the best of British
songwriters, Song Academy empowers young songwriters by enabling them to
showcase their talent and gain critical feedback from industry professionals.
This year’s judging panel includes Tom Odell, Naughty Boy, Eg White and Fraser
T Smith, Jamie Scott, James Walsh, Josh Record and Nigel Wright.
The girls were competing against hundreds
of other singer/songwriters. There are two age-groups in the competition, 7-12
and 13-18. St Swithun’s juniors competed in the lower age-group. The winners
will be announced on the 8 May.
All the winners and finalists will
perform at Westfield, Shepherds Bush on Sunday 21 June. There will be prizes
for the winners and runners up (top 3 in each category). The winners also spend
a half day in a London recording studio, and make a professional CD of their song.
Director of music at St Swithun’s Junior
School, Miss Caroline Silvester said ‘We are enormously proud of Sofia,
Annabel, Lucy, Sianna and Ira for producing such a catchy and fun song and
getting through to the finals of this exciting competition. They are musical
girls and their hard work has paid off. I look forward to seeing them rocking
out at Westfield!’
In September, the Song Academy will be running
two after school clubs at St Swithun’s Junior School.