Has a life in lockdown made you feel like channelling your inner song-writer?! Perhaps you already love writing songs, or maybe you’ve never written a song before in your life because you simply don’t know where to start? No matter where you fit, we want to hear from you!

Your song for the Great St. Crispin’s Song-writing Challenge can be in any style, and about any topic. You can ask friends to help by playing instruments or even singing the song for you, but you must have written it yourself. Lyrics will also be accepted in the form of Spoken Word or Rap if you would like to have a go at this! You can choose to write a song on your own or with up to 3 friends as a collaboration.

SHARING YOUR WORK:  Send your completed entries to wolstencroftn@crispins.co.uk before the deadline of Friday, 11th September. You’ll need to submit your work in any audio form. The easiest way might be to use your phone to record as an mp3. All songs must be submitted with lyrics written up.

Below you’ll find information about each of the 3 entry levels – you can choose whichever one you feel suits you best, but there are some pointers to help make sure you pick the one that’s right for you.

Email wolstencroftn@crispins.co.uk if you have any questions.

For now, though, it’s time to dig deep and get writing! Good luck!!

 

Never written a song before? Perhaps you’re learning to play an instrument or starting out with Garageband? Want to focus mainly on the lyrics and melody? Then this one’s for you:

JAMES BAY LEVEL (ideal for years 7-8): Write a tune & lyrics to fit with the premade piano loop you’ll find here.

Feeling a bit more confident? Used to working with chords on a guitar or piano?

Beginning to write some original material? Then this one’s for you:

BILLIE EILISH LEVEL (ideal for years 9-10): Write a song using the following 5 chords ONLY. You don’t have to use them all, and you CAN add extensions (eg 7th chords). Get creative with the order of chords and change things up when entering new parts of the song!

  • C major (CEG)
  • E minor (EGB)
  • F major (FAC)
  • G major (GBD)
  • A minor (ACE)

Looking for more of a challenge? Want complete freedom to write what you want? Feeling ready for the Pyramid Stage?! Then this one’s for you.

ED SHEERAN LEVEL (ideal for years 11-13): Create a song by using this picture as an image stimulus! Think about what the picture says to YOU; how it makes you feel, and what you think the story is behind it.

PRIZES!
There will be one winner from each category. Songs will be judged on originality, interest

(eg, in rhythm and melody) and depth of lyrics.

Winning songs will receive either:

  1. A pre-recorded performance in the ‘Virtual Autumn Gala’, or
  2. A private song-writing lesson with singer/songwriter Alice Lee.

 

About Alice Lee:

When Alice was at St. Crispin’s, she was always busy writing songs and performing in the school productions and concerts. After leaving school, Alice went to the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford to study Song-writing and Performance. From there, she moved to London to pursue her career; performing as a solo artist and writing songs for herself and others to sing. Alice started teaching voice at St Crispin’s in 2018 – she also runs a Pop Choir in school. Her debut single, ‘Still Thinking of Me?’ has been streamed on Spotify more than 3,000 times already, since its release last month. She co-wrote it with two other people, proving that even professionals don’t have to write alone! Alice has worked really hard on her music since she started and was brave enough to share her work with others…imagine what you could do if you adopted the same attitude!!