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Musician on song for play

Composer Peter Carr from Sound Distinction at Wallsend who has won a competition to have his music featured in the play Amazing Grace.

Composer Peter Carr from Sound Distinction at Wallsend who has won a competition to have his music featured in the play Amazing Grace.

A SONGWRITER from North Shields will be providing the sound of music for a three-week touring play about sea rescue heroine Grace Darling.

Peter Carr entered a competition to write a song to soundtrack a play called Amazing Grace, written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood.

Peter, a sound engineer at Sound Distinction in Wallsend, said: “The melody for The Girl with the Windswept Hair has been sitting in a drawer for 20 years and always destined for something related to the sea, so it was perfect for this competition.

“I spend most of my time helping others make music, but I really enjoy writing songs when I have time.”

Comedian Brendan Healy, BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown and Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw were judges for the competition, held at Ashington’s Woodhorn Museum.

Ray said: “I have to say that the general standard of the songs was way above what I was expecting.

“The project seems to really have caught people’s imagination.”

Peter’s song will be played alongside those of five other winners – Stan Graham, of York; Chris Kelly, of Lanchester and John Lewis, of Langton, both in County Durham; John Leslie, of Nedderton, near Bedlington; and John Pagan and John Harper, both from Cumbria.

The Amazing Grace tour will call in at the Playhouse Whitley Bay on Saturday, November 3.

 

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