A LOCAL music student wowed judges so much in a prestigious songwriting contest that they placed him top of their ‘instrumental’ category.
Woking lad and ex-Winston Churchill School pupil Robin Stevens beat thousands of entrants from around the country in the UK Songwriting Competition with his composition Fallen Warrior.
“I listened to the results online and simply couldn’t believe it when I heard my name announced as the winner,” says Robin, who is in his third year of studying for a music degree at Hertfordshire University.
“It’s a cliché, but this really is a dream come true, and I really hope it’s the start of my musical career.”
The UK Songwriting Contest, launched in 2002 in association with the BRIT Trust, aims to promote songwriting and discover new talent, and is highly respected within the music industry, many previous contestants having been signed on the strength of it by top names such as Simon Cowell.
Judges this year included Sting’s musical director and producer Kipper Eldridge, the world-renowned producer Stuart Epps, and hit songwriter Mark Cawley, who has global sales of more than 15 million.
Film and TV composer Jamie Serafi said: “The title conjures an image even before the first notes are heard. Robin’s masterful use of a wide variety of orchestral combinations and techniques in the middle section, with moments of the opening theme cleverly reappearing throughout, keep this piece fluent.”