Young Leader makes it to finals of national songwriters' competition


15 year-old Imogen, a Young Leader with 1st Slyne-with-Hest Cub Pack, has got through to the finals of Barnardo's Young Songwriter of the Year.

When she's not helping to run activities with the Cub Pack in West Lancashire where her mum is Akela, and where all three of her siblings have also been Young Leaders, Imogen is a budding songwriter.

She's been writing songs for around three years, but at the recommendation of her headmistress, Imogen put forward two songs to a panel of judges including music industry veterans like Sir Terry Wogan, Midge Ure from Ultravox and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason. Both tracks were selected to go forward to the top 24 songs nationally.

Professional recording

After a public vote, one of Imogen's tracks, Build My Wings, made it through to the final four entries, and she was invited to record a professional version of the song with session musicians at British Grove Studios in London.

'I had an awesome time in London, hearing all the instrumental layers coming together and creating what I had in my head so that all could listen', said Imogen.

'I would love to inspire other keen young musicians to take part and have a go.'

Barnardo's Young Songwriter of the year is a competition designed to showcase the creativity in young people up and down the country, while helping to raise money for abused, vulnerable and neglected children. The initial rounds of the competition were open to young people aged 12 to 18, across 12 regions.

Help Imogen win

Now she’s made it this far, Imogen needs support from fellow Scouts if she's going to win. Build My Wings, along with the other shortlisted tracks, is available to download from, and the song with the most downloads before 12th December will be declared the winner.

Each download costs 80p, and 45p of this goes directly to Barnardo's.

Download Build My Wings here

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