Simon wins top prize in song-writing competition

A SIXTH-former from Hedingham School has won acclaim at a festival aimed at discovering song-writing talent in young people.

Simon Hughes, 18, from Wickham St Paul, recently won the prestigious Bury Festival, performing under the name of Simon Says, and went through several rounds before being declared winner.

Playing the guitar, he has been writing his own music for three years and recently played one of his own compositions at the school’s sixth form assembly.

He said: “The competition was tough and I hadn’t expected to win, so I was very excited when I heard the result. Then I was a bit daunted as I have to sit down and write a lot of new songs.”

His prize includes a recording contract to make an album of his own songs, a photoshoot and a chance to perform at a variety of venues in and around Bury St Edmunds.

Headmaster John Panayi said: “He recently played one of his own compositions at the sixth-form leaving assembly at the school and both students and staff were hugely impressed with his talent, both in song-writing and performance.

“Simon is also a very talented artist who has already gained a grade A at AS level and he is currently using his skills in this area to design his own album cover.

“He has plans to go on to art college at the end of this year, but is also keen to pursue his recent success as a musician. We would all like to congratulate Simon on his achievement and wish him success for his album.”

Simon comes from a musical family – his father plays the keyboards and his mother sings.