Falmouth University lecturer wins UKSC competition
A LECTURER at Falmouth University has won a prestigious song writing competition after his students dared him to enter it.
Martin Bills who teaches composition at Falmouth University and a jazz degree at Truro College won the ‘Faith and Christian’ category of the UK Song Writing Contest (UKSC) with his funky tune ‘Rhythms of Joy.’
He accepted a sportsman’s bet from his students to prove he could write a good pop song and he did just that.
The lecturer said: “To make the challenge more difficult it was agreed that I would write a Christian song because I am not religious.
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“After some research into religious popular music and after watching a few episodes of the Vicar of Dibley to get me into the right frame of mind, I set to work.
“Once I completed the song I decided to arrange it for some of the finest jazz performers in Cornwall.
“Drummer Damien Rodd, saxophonist Paul Haywood and trumpeter Robin Pengilley enabled me to obtain a real gospel big band sound.
“Unfortunately, when it came to the vocal line my friend Paul Haywood was busy, so I had the difficult job of crooning myself. I do not consider myself a singer, but nevertheless my colleagues seemed to think I did a good job.”
The UKSC competition attracts thousands of entrants from all over the UK in a number of different musical categories.
You can listen to the song by clicking on the following link; https://soundcloud.com/uksc/rhythms-of-joy-martin-bills