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Graduate reaches final of songwriting competition

Kirsti Kristiansen, a Norwegian student who graduated in September, has reached the final of the Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters 2008.
Kirsti, 23, submitted three original songs from her portfolio as part of her BA (Hons) Composition and Songwriting at the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure.
She has been chosen as one of the finalists and will perform her songs, 'Sugar Cones', 'The Lonely Mistress' Cookbook - A Three Course Meal', and 'Silence' at the Birmingham Conservatoire on Friday, 31 October 2008.
Steve Cooper, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, said: “I am delighted for Kirsti and this offers further evidence of the excellent student work we are helping to produce in this area.”
Kirsti, who now lives in Oslo, said: “I am very exited. Being a newly graduated student, this gives me confidence and hope for a future as a singer/songwriter.”
The winner will receive £600, with the person placed second receiving £300. An audience prize of £100 will also be presented. One of the winning works will be performed again in 2009 at A Touch of Basil, a concert organised by the Philip Bates Trust.
Composers aged 16 to 25 years were invited to submit creative and entertaining new works for the competition in any genre.

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Picture: Kirsti Kristiansen
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