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Britten Young Songwriter Competition

Kindly supported by The Boltini Trust

If you are aged 18 or under, and are a budding composer, then the Britten Young Songwriter Competition is for you. This year, acclaimed author and poet Michael Morpurgo has specially written a poem
'Waves of Time: A Song of Southwold', for you to set to music.

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The Britten Young Songwriter Competition is being kindly supported by The Boltini Trust.

In 2014, Morgan Overton and Lucy Gibbs were our competition winners. Below you can find out more about them, and also listen to recordings of their winning songs. Just click on the links.

Morgan Overton

I enjoy music, regardless of whether I am playing it, listening to it or writing it. I particularly enjoy 20th and 21st Century music, from Debussy and Gershwin through Poulenc and Britten to Ligeti, Pendrecki and especially Reich. As well as attending Oakham School my other interests include acting and creative writing. I played the character Wilson in the CBeebies animated series Chuggington for 5 years, and also played roles in Doctor Who, Sense and Sensibility, Gigglebiz, Little Einstein, Harry and Paul and the Morgana show. I enjoy writing, particularly plays and dramatic sketches. I aspire to be a composer and conductor when I am older, and I hope to premiere many of my own and others’ works. As well as winning Aldeburgh Music's Friday Afternoons Composition Competition 2014 (and coming first in my age category the previous year), I was also a winner of the Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition 2014.

Lucy Gibbs

I started playing the piano at the age of seven and 6 months later I started the clarinet. In my first years of secondary school I took singing lessons and my music teacher introduced to composition and I began to write songs with my friends and composing for piano and for orchestra. In addition I play with county ensembles like the Shropshire Youth Orchestra where I have been on tour in Germany. I also play in local wind bands and orchestras like my school orchestra. 

Since my introduction to composition I have written many compositions for ensembles and am currently studying to do my Grade 8 in singing and clarinet, and hope to continue my studies for the future. My music inspiration comes from many things like film music, concerts and music dating back to the Renaissance. I like to enjoy music as well like Opera, Jazz and Musical Theatre. I also like baking and taking walks in my home county's countryside: Shropshire.

2013 Competition Winners

In 2013, entries to the Britten Young Songwriter Competition were received from far and wide, with music composed to lyrics specially written by acclaimed author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz.

Britten Young Songwriter Competition 2013

Overall Winners
Abigail Caveney (Greater Gabbard, aged 13 and under)
Zoe Dixon (Orford Lighthouse, aged 13 and under)