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Over the Easter weekend songwriters from across the city were challenged by Liverpool Acoustic to write a brand new song within just 24 hours. Adding a slight twist to the competition, organisers asked competitors to draw inspiration from a piece of art work exhibited at the Threshold Festival visual arts gallery.

Entering the competition, classically trained singer-songwriter and saxophonist Rachel Burnett, from Year 12. Rachel’s connection with Liverpool Acoustic goes back nearly two years, having performed at open mic nights and making it through to the final of Liverpool Acoustic 1 Week Songwriting competition. Rachel’s powerful song ‘Rain,’ which was inspired by Nathan Pendlebury’s colourful abstract work ‘Vim,’ won over the judges and she was awarded the competition’s 2020 Judges’ Award. 

We caught up with Rachel to find out a little bit more about her love of songwriting and music. 

“I have been writing songs for as long as I can remember, but I only realised how much I loved doing it after hearing my own compositions performed live by other people. I have written a variety of pop songs and also some contemporary music, which I have had performed at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music for the past three years running, as one of the composers competition winners. I have also been shortlisted for BBC Young Composer of the Year for the past three years. I was recently a semi – finalist in the #SAYS2020 Songwriting Challenge with my songs ‘Searching’ and ‘Call me baby’.

I have found that lockdown has definitely given me more time to write music, and I am currently waiting to bring out a new song on my YouTube channel.

Music is definitely something I want to pursue after Blue Coat, as I have hopes of studying music at University. The Blue Coat is absolutely aiding me in the best ways possibly to help me get there.”

We would like to wish Rachel every success for the future and we look forward to sharing her success stories with you.

To access Rachel’s YouTube channel and to listen to her music please click here

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