Open Mic UK

Back in August 2017, I was one of 12,000 people who entered a national competition called Open Mic UK, which started with long queues of hopefuls at various venues around the country. I dragged my stage piano through the streets of Camden in the blazing heat, and joined the queue at the music venue "Dingwalls" at Camden Lock.

I had no idea at that point that I was going to end up, several rounds and five months later in the Grand Final, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham on 20th January 2018. I performed a song I had written especially for the final, called "Silence in the Courtyard". The judges, (who were mostly A&R people from record labels) said that I looked composed - I was completely terrified, but now at least I know it doesn't show! I didn't win, but I was awarded one of six Finalists' Showcase Awards, and have been invited to talk to Future Music Management about a potential future in in the music industry. If nothing else comes of it, the competition has been the inspiration for me to start writing my own songs and performing them at other open mics. I have also met lots of very talented young singers and songwriters along the way and it's been an incredibly exciting and interesting experience.

By Rosie Trentham

Click on the link below to watch her performance in the Final at the NEC, with original song "Silence in the Courtyard".

(The song is intended to be about modern day slavery and exploitation, but could also be interpreted in the abstract).

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