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Britten Young Songwriter Competition

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This year, acclaimed author and poet Michael Morpurgo wrote 'Waves of Time: A Song of Southwold', for young composers to set to music. We are happy to say that Cassie White, 17, has been announced as this year's competition winner, with Tammas Slater being placed as 'Highly Commended'. Congratulations to all those who took part. Cassie's piece was performed on Friday 20th November as part of the Aldeburgh Music 'Big Sing' in front of 600 school children, and both will have their pieces professionally recorded and engraved. For more information about them both please see below...

Cassie White

Cassie began learning guitar and piano when she was twelve, and started composing music soon after. Although she loves all genres of music, her real love is Musical Theatre, which she came to realise when she was involved in a school production of Les Misérables. From there, she began taking singing lessons, joined the school choir, and became interested in choral music. With the school choir, she has toured Austria and Germany, and will hopefully be touring Prague next year.

Cassie is currently preparing for my Grade 8 Musical Theatre and Piano exams. As well as this and studying for her A Levels, she is also writing a musical which she hopes to have performed one day. Next year Cassie is hoping to study Music at university and develop my compositions there. Outside of music, Cassie enjoys reading, writing, and photography.

Tammas Slater

Tammas Slater studies the piano, organ and composition at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. He passed his DipABRSM diploma on piano at the age of 13 and is currently Organ Scholar at St Margaret’s Church Ilkley. His notable successes this year have been as a winner of the BBC Inspire Composers’ Competition and Regional Winner of the EPTA UK competition.

He has composed for the BBC Singers and the Aurora Orchestra have performed his work at the BBC Proms. He regularly performs and conducts modern and contemporary music, particularly that of fellow students at Chetham’s.  



2014 Competition Winners

In 2014, Morgan Overton and Lucy Gibbs were our competition winners last year. 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)