Young song writers are being encouraged to test their creativity and enter the third annual Song Writing Competition organised by Swindon Music Service.
Sandy Newman of Marmalade, with hits including “Oobladi Oobladah”, is giving his support to this year’s competition. He says “This kind of opportunity is brilliant for young people, knowing their work will be listened to by seasoned professionals and the chance to have their work recorded or performed is really exciting”.
Peter Clark, Director of Swindon Music Service is delighted with Sandy’s support. “He’s a great guy and full of enthusiasm. He’s also agreed to come to Swindon and lead a Workshop for aspiring writers, which will be quite an opportunity for young people.”
Sandy , originally from Glasgow, now lives just across the Berkshire border and is keen to support local talent. He’s just about to release his first CD “Sandy Newman’s Golden Years” which he says he’s been planning to do throughout his career, and previewed tracks on SWINDON 105.5, the town’s community radio station which he visited when the band performed at the Wyvern Theatre as part of a Sensational Sixties Tour. The station is backing the competition and will feature regular updates on its progress.
This is Swindon Music Service’s third competition and previous years have seen support from Simon May (writer of award-winning Eastenders theme tune amongst many others) and Andy Scott of Sweet as well as local boxing champion Jamie Cox.
Entries encouraged from up to 12 year olds and 13-19 year olds. Individual or group entries can be submitted.
For details of the competition or to get an application form call Swindon Music Service on 487802 or log on to www.swindonmusicservice.org. Closing date is 13 February 2010.