Sir James Smith's School

Young Musician of the Year Competition

Keisha Cooper - Year 9 - writes:

This year I took part in Wadebridge Folk Festival’s Young Musician of the Year competition and somehow managed to place joint first alongside Jacob Zyan Mcleod who is a 19 year old folk singer.

When I first found out about the actual competition it was only a week before and I was extremely anxious and didn’t want to do it. With the most help from my voice coach, Morwenna, and from my mum and dad, I managed to actually get up and do it with no intention of placing and certainly no intention of winning what so ever!

The atmosphere in Wadebridge Town Hall was relatively casual and everyone was so welcoming. When I got on stage I could feel my nerves playing up but as soon as I started singing, I couldn’t stop.

I sang a beautiful piece, originally performed by the ‘Wailin’ Jennys’ called ‘Storm Coming’. I sang it completely a cappella with my own starting note and actions.

For my win I receive £200 prize money which I will be spending on further lessons with Morwenna at school and outside school.

On Monday 12th September due to mine and Jacob (Zyan’s) win we got to travel down to BBC Radio Cornwalls’ base to sing and interview our songs and thoughts on how the competition day went with David White.  The interview should be on one of his introducing shows.

On Saturday 17th September I had another folk gig with Jacob down in Crantock, performing as an act for Crantock Folk Festival 2016.

I hope to take my singing further within and outside of school also.

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