'Accent' Song Writing Competition 2016
Two songs written by Old Hall children hit the high notes and won prize money for the school. 'Spring & Summer' and 'Just Do It.'
Tricia McTeague visited Old Hall on Tuesday 24th May to deliver a song writing workshop to children from Y6.
Tricia has performed with Ronan Keating, Lionel Ritchie and Elton John. She is also a songwriter and has had one of her songs go Platinum in Japan and another reached number 4 in the UK dance chart.
Tricia explained her song writing process to the children and gave advice as to how to present songs when performing.
Warrington Guardian Article
Young songwriter wins praise from top popstars
Erin Jordan was a runner up in the national songwriter of the year competition.
AN 11-year-old songwriter who performed alongside pop star Rumer at the weekend says her music is inspired by ‘personal experiences’.
Erin Jordan, from Chapelford, was a runner up in the national young songwriter of the year competition with her track Promises.
The song was praised by the judges including singer Tom Odell, who said: “Heartbreaking.
“This is really strong. Simple and moving.”
She also won praise from Starsailor front man James Walsh and singer songwriter Rumer who added: “Very catchy song, great melody. Simple idea, but very effective!”
The Westbrook Old Hall Primary School pupil was invited to perform at Westfield in London on stage with singer-songwriter Rumer on Sunday.
She said: “I haven’t really performed on a stage before so it was really exciting.
“I got the idea for my song Promises after my friend told me someone had broken a promise somebody made to her but I get most of my inspiration from my personal experiences.
“I was so excited that the judges liked my song and the comments they made about it were great.”
Erin’s mum Ruth said she is very thankful to Erin’s music teacher at her primary school John Oates who encouraged pupils to enter the competition.
She said: “Mr Oates has been really generous with his time and he even came to London to watch Erin perform.
“The school has been brilliant at giving her access to music and recording equipment and Mr Oates helped her record the track for the competition.
“He organised a songwriter to come in and teach year six about writing music.”
Ruth said Erin started playing the guitar three years ago and has been taking her songwriting seriously for the past year.
Erin, who has a nine-year-old brother called Daniel, says her favourite pop stars are Sabrina Carpenter and Taylor Swift, because they play different instruments and write their own songs.
Ruth said: “We took her to see Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour for her birthday and she was such an inspiration to Erin.
“Her grandfather was very musical so maybe that’s where she gets it from – we are just so proud of her.”
Another song, called United, which was recorded by Erin and her friends Evelyn, Leah and Amelia was highly commended by the judges.
Erin Jordan, 11 years old from Warrington, Cheshire
Song Title: Promises
Theme and inspiration for the song: Erin’s song is about friendship and betrayal. “I was inspired after thinking about all the things people say they will do and then don’t do”.
Part of Song Lyrics: My name was written next to yours in the sky that turned to grey. My heart used to be a whole but when you left it fell apart. Oh all of those promises, promises you never kept. Well now I realise, realise why I’m glad you left. You used to make my head spin around but now you’re gone, I’m safe and sound. Don’t make promises you can not keep Well, maybe next time you’ll think before you speak. Oh all of those promises, promises you never kept.
What the judges said!
Promises by Erin ” Heart breaking! This is really strong. Simple and moving. Good middle 8 as well.” Tom Odell; ” Very catchy song, great melody. Simple idea, but very effective!” Rumer; “Strong lyrical hook” James Walsh
Thursday 7th May - 5.30pm - Music Evening
If your child is performing on an instrument during the concert then please ensure they have their music and instrument in school on the day of the concert. (Guitars/flutes/violins/clarinets/bassoons)
Thursday 7th July - 5.30pm
The children must arrive at school for 5pm in their summer school uniform. The concert will last approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.