Wells Cathedral School is celebrating after Lower Sixth songwriter, Hetta Falzon, won this year’s prestigious Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021 Competition.

Now in its 11th year, the Young Songwriter 2021 is the leading international songwriting competition for those under 18. This year’s competition attracted over 1,000 entries from aspiring young songwriters aged 8-18 across the world, with Hetta, still just 16 years old, winning the 13-18 category.

Included in Hetta’s prizes are a half day recording session with a top producer in London, £1,000 to spend on Yamaha equipment, a Scarlett Solo Gen 3 home recording studio bundle and a professional music video from the recording session.

Hetta will also perform at the Young Songwriter 2021 showcase at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London on Saturday 25th September.

Feedback from the judging panel included:

Very accomplished writing. The melody constantly evolves and carries the listener effortlessly. The lyric hangs together beautifully.”

Incredibly mature sound. Sounds like it belongs in a beautiful indie movie. Beautiful chords. Immediately grabbed my attention.

“Sophisticated, classic kind of chord sequence and heartfelt vocal.

Love this – beautiful melody (particularly the chorus) with effortless yet unusual chord changes. Great lyrics too – familiar theme presented in a mature, original way. Clear structure and well constructed melodically, harmonically and lyrically.

This is Hetta’s second successive year reaching the final three in the competition – last year, Hetta was runner up with her song ‘Obsession’.