This year’s Last Choir Singing Songwriting Contest caught the attention of six primary school children. St Mary’s Newchurch Primary Academy presented the opportunity to the children as a school project, and the children wasted no time in writing their songs.

‘Dance My Dream’ was written by Holly & Molly (both aged 10) and is about the two things they are most passionate about; dancing and horses.

Four boys Braden, (aged 11), Alfie, (aged 9), Ray, (aged 9), and Alfie, (aged 11), also from the same school wrote ‘The Future of Tech’ all about cars.

Once the children had written their songs, the school helped them record the tracks so that they could enter them into the contest.

In January 2019 the children were visited at school by our very own Duncan Heather and Margaret Foxley, one of the judges on the songwriting contest. Duncan and Margaret held a musical workshop with the children and presented them with certificates for their entries.  

Margaret Foxley said ‘It was lovely to see such young children creating their own songs, both creating and listening to music can have positive phsychological effects on children’s emotional health and self-esteem. To see such innovation at such a young age is truly inspiring.’

Finally, Alfie, (age 9), said ‘Being awarded this certificate has inspired me to continue songwriting and just enjoy the freedom that music gives me.’

To enter next year’s songwriting contest, keep an eye on the Last Choir Singing website at Entries open in early September


Newchurch St Mary’s CE Primary Academy, Pendle, along with Duncan Heather and Margaret Foxley

Back Row left to right:

Braden (age 11), Alfie (age 9), Holly (age 10) and Molly (age 10)

Front Row left to right:

Ray (age 9), and Alfie (age 11)