Pair sings prized rock original
A PAIR of musically-talented Beechworth Secondary College students has delivered the best original song at ‘RockFest Battle of the Bands’ Victorian final in Melbourne.
‘Paperclip’ band duo – year nine pianist Indigo Walker Stelling and year seven vocalist Asha Bright – said their composition, ‘Lately’, scooped the win.
The two were the first to perform at the final and Asha said it was daunting because they were followed by a high level of talent.
“We didn’t expect to win but our originals were our hope,” Indigo said.
‘Paperclip’ progressed from the North East regional finals at Wangaratta High School three months ago and was one of 10 bands – half in a junior category and half senior – selected for the state competition in which 448 students and more than 90 bands took part.
RockFest organiser Luc Travers said the volume of talent across the state meant was no easy feat making the finals.
“Beechworth college should be very proud of their efforts, especially as Indigo and Asha took out the award for best original song,” Mr Travers said.
“I don’t think that award has ever been won by a group from the junior division and given the talent on the day they should be very proud of themselves.”
College music teacher Alex O’Connor said the win showcased the school’s emerging talent.
“These two are really talented and passionate,” he said.
Mr Travers said he looked forward to hearing what Beechworth produced at next year’s RockFest.
Asha said the duo’s prize included a trophy and a studio recording at Templestowe College for original compositions including ‘Understand’ and ‘Breathe.’
College principal Patricia Broom said the pair’s success promoted how much talent there was in the school.
Asha also studies out of school at the Northern Rivers Academy of Music in Wangaratta and said she was pleased to participate in a 10-day tour of Victorian state schools in regional towns which started this week.
ORIGINALS: Beechworth Secondary College musicians Asha Bright and Indigo Walker Stelling with their trophy for the best original song at the ‘RockFest Battle of the Bands’ Victorian final.