Music industry artists lined up to judge kids’ heartfelt songs

 

School children could be in with a chance of recording a self-composed song by singing from the heart in a competition to be launched on 4 January.

The Healthy Heart Song competition for Croydon primary and secondary school pupils aims to get local children to write a song that celebrates what we can all do to keep our hearts young and healthy.

The competition has been organised for Croydon Heart Town, a British Heart Foundation initiative working with councils and communities in 50 towns to fight heart disease and raise funds for lifesaving research.

Talented music industry artists will select three winning entries, each of which will have the chance to record their song in a Croydon music studio and have it played on local radio.

Entries will be judged by Julia Biel, recently nominated for a Mobo award in the best jazz act category; songwriter Idris Rahman, of the band Soothsayers, who has also produced Mercury Prize and Mobo Award-nominated artists; and talented comedy singer and storyteller Jenny Lockyer.

The competition winners will be announced during National Heart Month in February. The competition rules are available online at www.croydon.gov.uk/heart-town-song-comp

Councillor Louisa Woodley, cabinet member for families, health and social care

“We’re delighted to announce our first Croydon Heart Town Healthy Heart Song schools competition.

“Our work with the British Heart Foundation as one of its 50 Heart Towns offers residents support in schools, workplaces and businesses to raise awareness and provide education around preventing heart disease. This is part of an ongoing strategy to reduce health inequalities in the borough and increase the healthy life-expectancy of people living here.

“This song competition will bring Croydon Heart Town to the heart of our communities and help youngsters to make the most of their creative talents. We’re encouraging children from all over the borough to take part in this exciting event.”

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