Write a Song for Christmas Competition 2023

This year Saffron Walden Initiative organised a ‘Write a Song for Christmas’ competition. At the Winstanley Christmas Late Night Shopping evening on 1st December the Mayoress, Heather Asker, presented Elliott Porter with the winner’s certificate. His winning entry CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART was then performed for everyone to enjoy.

Elliot Porter will also receive a free recording session at Fairycroft House. Second Place went to Sakara Pritchard for MY CHRISTMAS WISH and Third Place was awarded to Sienna Denton for SANTA ON HIS WAY.

This year there were 20 fantastic entries and the idea in hand is to record them all and produce a Christmas CD for 2O24.  All entries have been invited to perform at the next Winstanley Christmas Late Night Shopping.

Mayoress, Heather Asker, presenting Elliot Porter with the winner's certificate

Photo Credit: Martin Porter



This is the official video for Christmas in my Heart, winner of the Saffron Walden Christmas Song Competition 2023 and BBC Introducing 'Track of the Week' for Christmas.

Written by Elliot Porter and Stephen Maclachlan 

Piano and Vocals: Elliot Porter

Drums, Synths and Bass: Stephen Maclachlan

Backing vocals: Chloe Porter

Guitars: Tom Wright

Produced by Stephen Maclachlan - Wildebloom Creative

Video produced by Lucy Paulyn

Edited by Elliot Porter with thanks to Martin Porter (Marts Arts Photography), Jessica Harvey and Accuro for extra footage.

Thanks to Jacqui Portway for performance opportunities at the Late Night Shopping and song award ceremony and Lee Dorrington for sound.

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