GALLERY: Pecking order announced for ASPIRE songwriters

Originality soared on Monday 30 November at the Civic Playhouse in Newcastle when the final of the ASPIRE song competition showcased 11 of the 15 shortlisted finalists. 

It was great to experience the performances of these original songs based on the themes Birdsong or The Pecking Order”. Plans had been put on hold in March due to COVID.  

The audience lapped up pieces that ranged from ballads to rock and rap. As always, it was heartening to see older, more experienced musicians lending their skills to the younger counterparts and playing and singing backing vocals.  

Congratulations to Primary winners Gabrielle Moyle and Lily Edwards with their song Fly Away and Secondary winners Jordan Snowden with his song Red P’s and Patrick Gutheridge with his song SightlessJudges Anna Kerrigan, Ruth McRae and Dominic Moore were incredibly impressed with the standard of entries. The future of songwriting is safe. 

Primary School Category Finalists: 

Year 6 Blue students from St Mary’s Primary School, Warners Bay 

Year 6 Maroon students from St Joseph’s Primary School, Kilaben Bay 

Lily Edwards and Gabrielle Moyle from St Mary’s Primary School, Warners Bay 

Year 3 Blue student from St Mary’s Primary School, Warners Bay 

Winner/s: Lily Edwards and Gabrielle Moyle, St Mary’s Primary School, Warners Bay 


Secondary School Category Finalists: 

Patrick Guthridge, St Clare’s High School, Taree 

Leila Kelly and Jake Porter, St Bede’s Catholic College, Chisholm 

Jazmin Trappel, St Dominic’s Centre, Mayfield 

Ava Buffier, St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen 

Jamie Pockran, St Paul’s Catholic College, Booragul 

Serafina Angeli, St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton 

Mackenzie Thomson, All Saints College, St Peter’s Campus, Maitland 

Leianna McCloy, St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton 

Jordan Snowden, St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton 

Xavier Fogarty, Elijah Mcnamarra, Rylan Thompson and Aidan Alexander, St Pius X High School, Adamstown 

Seren Everingham, St Clare’s High School, Taree 

Winner/s:  Patrick Guthridge, St Clare’s High School, Taree 

                            Jordan Snowden, St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton 


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Anna Kerrigan

Anna is the Artistic Director of ASPIRE, an audition-based drama, dance, music and creative and performing arts program produced by the Catholic Schools Office of Maitland-Newcastle.