Rachael has the X-Factor

One of the College's talented A Level music students will record her song professionally and hear it on BBC radio, after winning a county wide competition to discover Cornwall’s young musical stars.

Rachael Watson, from Wadebridge, studies A Level Music, along with Dance, English Literature and Geography, at the Ofsted Outstanding Truro and Penwith College, and loves performing in the College’s Music Academy.

Rachael who wrote and performs on the winning song, plays violin, piano, guitar and performs vocals. Her winning track, Byghan Porth, (Cornish for "little bays and coves"), was inspired by the sound of the ocean and the Cornish coastline, but surprisingly was written during lockdown. 

Rachael said: “During lockdown I read Poldark novels and watched the TV series to keep my creative juices flowing and to give me a feeling for the dramatic Cornish landscape of where we are lucky to live.

“I was very excited to win as I knew I would get the song recorded professionally as part of the prize and now I get to hear it on the radio.”

The 'Musically Creative Challenge' competition was open to both under and over 12-year-olds across Cornwall, in two separate categories. As one of only two winners, Rachael’s song will now be played on BBC Radio Cornwall.

Rachael’s song wowed the judging panel, made up of some of Cornwall’s top musicians who were full of praise:

"This is a mature piece of writing with a very clear structure and storyline.”

“A very atmospheric voice with clear diction and beautiful guitar playing too.”

“A composition that demonstrates some classic folk features, but also sounds contemporary." 

The Musically Creative Challenge competition to discover Cornwall’s young creative musical stars was run by the Cornwall Music Service Trust’s new online platform, MusicEL. MusicEL is a virtual community set up during the pandemic so musicians could come together, to chat, learn, and have fun jamming online, at a time they could not perform live. 

Gary Flower, MusicEL Online Project Coordinator said: “The opportunity to record your own creation in a music studio is usually something that is reserved for professional musicians – through the MusicEL studio we are able to offer this early on in their musical journey. This competition allowed aspiring songwriters, composers and musical creatives a great platform to get their music heard.”

Click on the YouTube link below to hear Rachael's winning song.  

A very atmospheric voice with clear diction and beautiful guitar playing too

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