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Competition gives chance for pupils to compose short film soundtrack

Great opportunity for Leicestershire's musical young people.

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Opportunity to win a session with composer Segun Akinola (pictured)

Young people from across Leicester and Leicestershire are getting the chance to compose the soundtrack to a new short film about Leicester, Leicestershire and the people who live here.

Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service (LSMS) and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire have teamed up to launch the competition – entitled “Soundtrack to Leicestershire” – which is aimed at encouraging pupils aged 12 to 18 to get creative.

The competition will be judged by acclaimed composer Segun Akinola, an English composer for television and documentaries.

Pupils are being given the simple brief to create a soundtrack for a short film which has been created by LSMS using both images of the people and places of Leicestershire, and including images sent in as part of Leicestershire County Council’s Community Curators’ “Covid-19 Isolated, but Inspired” project.

The soundtrack can be in any style or genre and can use any sounds or instruments including live instruments, virtual plug-ins, noise, voice, beats, lyrics, found sounds or whatever else entrants want to use.

The top three entries will win a two-hour online masterclass with Segun Akinola. The top five entries will also win Dorico Pro music software, worth £480. Winners will also have their soundtrack streamed by LSMS.

The competition was originally planned before the coronavirus lockdown, and presents a chance to engage, support and encourage pupils to get creative in a project reflecting experiences of the lockdown, using films and photos submitted by local people.

Sharon Bray, Head of Service at LSMS, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to demonstrate their musical skills, with great prizes on offer.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on this exciting project and look forward to working together on future projects.”

This is a really exciting opportunity for young people to express themselves and their recent experiences through music. In these uncertain circumstances, this competition will really help their confidence and enable them to be creative while being part of something historical.

Cllr Elly Cutkelvin, assistant city mayor for education, said:Music and creative learning are vital tools for self-expression, and even more so when faced with the current restrictions that the lockdown has placed on all our lives.

“This competition is a fantastic opportunity to engage with young local musical talent and create work that truly reflects these unprecedented times.”

Entrants have to aged between 12 and 18, as of Monday, June 1, 2020, and must live in Leicester or Leicestershire.

No copyrighted material can be used to compose the track. The deadline for entries is midday on Monday, 29, June 2020.

For more details or to enter the competition visit: www.bit.ly/LSMSRCBComp

Further information on LSMS is available here: www.leicestershiremusichub.org

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