Saintfield GB in worldwide success for song-writing

Saintfield GB in worldwide success for song-writing

11 October 2017

A GIRLS’ Bri­gade group from Saintfield has come sec­ond in a world­wide song-writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion helping to mark the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s 125th an­niver­sary next year.

Members of 2nd Saintfield Pres­by­te­rian and Parish Girls’ Brigade saw their song Rooted in Love claim the sil­ver medal, coming just behind the first-placed entry penned by the 1st Sin­ga­pore Com­pany.

Or­gan­ised as part of the build-up to the 125th an­niver­sary of the Girls’ Bri­gade in 2018, the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion was open to all mem­bers and based on a re­li­gious theme that will echo through next year’s celebrations. 

En­trants were tasked with writ­ing a song to ‘help cel­e­brate God’s good­ness and the im­pact of His em­pow­er­ing spirit through Girls’ Bri­gade’ with the en­try and judg­ing cri­te­ria strict.

Songs could not be more than four min­utes long and had to be lively in na­ture and suit­able for use in com­pany meet­ings and praise and wor­ship ser­vices. The lyrics and melody also had to be orig­i­nal. 

The fin­ished prod­uct was judged on song-writ­ing ar­range­ment, tech­nique and cre­ativ­ity, and Lat­ifa McCullagh, the North­ern Ire­land vice-pres­i­dent of the Girls’ Bri­gade, con­grat­u­la­ted the girls from 2nd Saint­field.

“We are so proud of 2nd Saint­field Girls’ Bri­gade on win­ning sec­ond place in the song-writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Girls’ Bri­gade In­ter­na­tional. It was a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment,” she said.

The bronze award went to 6th Sin­ga­pore Com­pany, while the fourth place merit award was pre­sented to 6th Kingston Com­pany from Ja­maica.