Over the last few weeks dozens of new songs inspired by the North East heroine Grace Darling have been pouring in to the Woodhorn museum in Northumberland. The songs from writers all over the country were entries into a special competition organised by the museum and archive and linked to the new play Amazing Grace by Tyneside-based writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood.
The judges for the competition were comedian Brendan Healy, BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown and Lindisfarne legend Ray Laidlaw who expressed his surprise at the entries. “I have to say that the general standard of the songs was way above what I was expecting. The project seems to really have caught people's imagination.”
Deliberations are now over and the six winners have just been announced as:
The winning songs will be broadcast during the three-week tour of the play about Grace Darling called Amazing Grace, which will begin its ten theatre regional tour on 17 October in Alnwick.
Woodhorn’s Events and Exhibitions Officer Liz Ritson was delighted by the response to the competition. “We received many more entries than we anticipated and in such a wide range of styles. It just goes to show that there is a huge amount of creative talent out there and a competition like this is a great chance for people to share it with the wider community.
“We were amazed at both the number of entries and the high standard of the songs. I’m sure our judges really enjoyed listening to all of them even if it was a really difficult task to select the final six winners. Grace was obviously an inspirational subject.”
The three-week north east tour of Amazing Grace will begin with a world premiere at Alnwick Playhouse on Weds, October 17, as follows:
For further information visit www.edwaughandtrevorwood.co.uk Amazing Grace is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England