Musicians from Oakham School celebrate after winning national competition

Emma Farmer and Morgan Overton
Emma Farmer and Morgan Overton
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Two music scholars from Oakham School have won a national composition competition that celebrates the centenary of Benjamin Britten.

The Britten Young Songwriter Competition challenged youngsters to set music to the words of two poems especially written by the popular writer Anthony Horowitz.

It forms part of a year-long celebration of the centenary of the composer Benjamin Britten, the UK’s most successful classical composer.

Morgan Overton, 13, from Oakham, claimed victory for his work setting the poem Greater Gabbard, which won in the 13 and under category.

Emma Farmer, 14, from Thurlby, chose the same poem and was runner-up in the 14 to 18 category.

The school’s director of music Peter Davis said: “This is a fantastic achievement at their age.”