Calling all young budding songwriters, rappers, creative writers, wordsmiths and poets!

Set the Tone is delighted to launch a very exciting project for 14-18 year olds across Norfolk. We are inviting young people to submit an expression of interest to work with professional singer/songwriter Emily Barden in creating a Norfolk Anthem that will be debuted by Emily on the 27th July and then performed by school children across Norfolk in the next academic year.

If you have something to say about your county and your experience of growing up in Norfolk in the 21st century and would like to be part of the specially selected group of young adults working on this Norfolk Anthem please do register you interest below. You do not need to have any previous song writing experience or be a musician.

Closing date to register your interest in this project: 12pm on Friday 30th April.

Norfolk Anthem debut

We are going to debut the specially commissioned Norfolk Anthem at the Norfolk County Youth Choir Taster sessions and encourage people to join Alison Brain and Emily Barden online to learn this song.


A view along the River Glaven in Cley, Norfolk, UK

What do I need to do if I am interested in being involved?

We will be selecting a small group of young adults to work with Emily on this creative piece. We ask that you submit a short example of your work on the registration form below. It must be no more than 100 words and can be:

  • A verse
  • A poem
  • A rap
  • A piece of prose
  • A shore creative writing piece

Do I need to be a musician to be involved? marram grass growing on sand dunes overlloking sandy holkham beach in north norfolk england

No, we are looking for young adults with a creative flair for writing. Don’t worry if you have not thought of using your talents to write songs before.

What happens next?

If selected you will be contacted by 5th May and offered a place on this project.

The two creative workshops with Emily Barden will run on:

  • Wednesday 19th May 2021, 7pm-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 9th June 2021, 7pm-8.30pm

These will be delivered via Zoom and you will need to commit to attend both.

Showcase event

Later in the year this original piece will be launched and performed by voices from across Norfolk.


Registration closed

Data Protection

The data you provide on this form will be used by data processors contracted by Norfolk County Council and stored within internal servers in the UK. If the media includes images of a child or young person it will not be used two years after the date the image was taken. Data requests should be referred in the first instance to Alison Brain who can be contacted at

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