Student Miles Kelly wins Greenhead College’s New Music Competition

Congratulations to A1 student Miles Kelly, who has been announced as the winner of the Greenhead College New Music Competition 2021

Open to all students across West Yorkshire aged 18 or below, the Music Competition was designed by the Greenhead College Music Department to create an opportunity for students to be creative during lockdown.  To enter, students were asked to write a piece of music – anything at all from a song, to a piece of music for a string quartet.  

The competition received an outstanding number of entries and the following students made the shortlist: 

  • Jerome Dodd (Greenhead College) 
  • Xiana Harron (Greenhead College) 
  • Miles Kelly (Greenhead College) 
  • Oliver Bates (Greenhead College) 
  • Tobias Cooper (Greenhead College) 
  • Joshua Ellwood (Shelley College) 
  • Nathan Webster (Honley High) 

Judging the competition was London based composer, musician and producer Paul Silver, who chose Miles’ song ‘Buzzy Bees in Poppy Fields’ as the winner.  

Paul said: 

“This piece of music really made me smile, took me on a journey and overall gave me the best feel emotionally.”  

Miles’ prize for winning the competition is a £50 Amazon Voucher which he has decided to spend towards an Audio Interface. 

Commenting on his win Miles said: 

“I originally wrote the song as a Valentines Day gift for my girlfriend, Poppy (hence the title and lyrics). Both of us are really pleased with the win and the money will go towards my future music through an audio interface.  

I think I’d like to study physics at university and do something in that field if possible, but if a music career takes off I’ll follow that in a heartbeat. Music and physics are my two big passions and I’ll continue to do both to some degree no matter what I do in the future.”

Simon Jacobs, Head of Music at Greenhead College commented: 

“We were delighted with the response to the New Music Competition, we received a great number of entries in a wide variety of genres. Congratulations to Miles on his outstanding entry, when shortlisting the finalists for judging from Paul Silver I had already privately tipped Miles to win- it is a lovely feel good piece of music.”

Congratulations to Miles, and well done to all students involved.  

Listen to Miles’ song ‘Buzzy Bees in Poppy Fields’ below.