Music student Josephine Illingworth-Law wins St John's College Kendrew Songwriting Competition, 2022

St John's College have recently announced that third year music student Josephine Illingworth-Law (University College, 2019) is the winner of the inaugural Kendrew Songwriting Competition.

Open to all current students at the University of Oxford, the competition drew 20 submissions from students across a range of colleges and degree programmes. The quality of the songs was uniformly high, with a breathtakingly wide spectrum of genres represented. Submissions were reviewed by Rawz (Rory Campbell, St John’s 2022 Sound Artist in Residence); Tiece (Tessa Cavanna, singer/producer and Assistant Producer, Oxford Contemporary Music); Sarah Hill (Associate Professor of Popular Music at the Faculty of Music and Tutor at St Peter's College); and Jason Stanyek (Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Music and Fellow and Tutor at St John’s College).

This year's winning song is "Sunsleeper" by Josephine Illingworth-Law (a third-year music student at University College). Second prize went to "Epilogue," a song co-written by Briana Williams and Aris Sabetai (both first-year music students at Somerville). The panel also gave an honourable mention to Eve Caston (a second-year music student at St Peter's) for her song "Bitten like a Dog."

To listen to the winning submissions and hear about the inspiration behind the works, visit the St John's College website.