Bath band First Thought win TEDxYouth songwriting contest
A group of young musicians from Bath will have a track recorded by a top producer after winning a local competition.
Up and coming band First Thought, which earlier this year supported Brit Award-winning singer Ed Sheeran in concert, picked up the prize in the TEDxYouth songwriting contest.
The group is made up of four 18-year-olds, Oli Dinwoodie, Ollie Thomson, Pete Vaughan-Fowler and Grace Byron, who met when they were in the same music class at Prior Park College.
They are now recording the track Timber with producer Chris Hughes, who was a drummer with Adam and the Ants before going to work on Tears for Fears albums.
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The songwriting competition and a short film writing competition, which was judged by Great Expectations producer Elizabeth Karlsen, were organised ahead of the TEDxYouth @Bath conference, which is being held at Komedia next Tuesday.
It is targeted at 16 to 19-year-olds and will see around 400 young people listen to presentations and take part in creative workshops.
Oli said: "We think it's an awesome programme that helps young people have the independence to be innovative and have their own opinions and ideas.We feel very honoured to be a part of it all and we hope that our track is a good representation of the inspiring nature of TEDx."
The runners-up in the film competition were Bishan Morgan, from King Edward's School, Charlie Knowles, from the City of Bath College, and Anna Haskins, from Prior Park College, while the overall winner was Toby Mott, from The Corsham School.
TED is a non-profit organisation which began as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, started by former Bath businessman and founder of Future Publishing Chris Anderson.
For more information about the Bath event go to www.tedxyouthbath.com.