Press Release: Scottish Farmer and School Teacher, Bryony Muir, is crowned Queen of the Harvest
Love British Food, the organisers of British Food Fortnight, in association with Farmers Guardian, has today crowned Scottish school teacher Bryony Muir the winner of the 2013 Search for a Harvest Anthem competition. Bryony’s song Harvest Time, provides a light-hearted account of farmer Bryony dreaming of harvest in Canada, Texas and France, but then concluding that she is thankful for the advantages of farming right where she is “I think I’ll stay a farmer in this green and pleasant land”.
The competition aimed to find a new harvest song, rap or poem to inspire a new generation and to promote local food and agriculture beyond the farming community. The winner, alongside the other final entries - Peter Foster, a retired stockman from Lancashire accompanied by his grandson Lewis, and Mike Kilbane with an energetic group of Morris Dancers - were posted to the Love British Food YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LoveBritishFood during British Food Fortnight and were viewed over 3,800 times during the two weeks.
Alexia Robinson, founder of Love British Food commented “We wanted to bring Harvest Festival into the 21st century and make it relevant and fun in the modern day. We have had a fantastic response to the competition and we could not have hoped to find a better ambassador for British agriculture and food than the winner, Bryony Muir. We have hugely enjoyed working with Farmers Guardian on what has become farming’s ‘X-Factor’ and we hope that the entrants had as much fun making the films as we had watching them”
“Not only has Bryony got a great voice but it was clear Bryony had spent a long time making and editing the video and helped make her the perfect choice to the thousands that viewed her song on YouTube” said Danusia Osiowy, features editor of Farmers Guardian.
Competition judge and composer of The Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone's, ‘Wherever You Are’, Professor Paul Mealor, praised the competitors; “Really fun tunes, all three, but the most accomplished anthem, with a really catchy chorus and lovely harmonies is Harvest Time by farmer Bryony Muir”
Milly Wastie, Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs was also a judge and added “Bryony provided the judges with an all-round summary of what harvest time is all about. Bryony added a young and fun element to a traditional occasion demonstrating that the next generation of farmers are keen communicators of where there food comes from and how it is produced. She highlighted global agriculture as well as locally sourced food and put it all together with a well-balanced tune, complimented with a visual story. The other two finalists did incredibly well and hats off for them for taking part and getting involved.”
Bryony Muir, 25, grew up in the Orkney Islands on her family's beef farm and works as a Music Teacher in a secondary school. She lives with her fiancé on Allanfauld Farm, a sheep and beef farm in central Scotland. From a young age she has been enthusiastically involved in all aspects of farming life and enjoys bringing out cattle and sheep for shows and sales. Bryony enjoys performing her songs, all written by her mother Sheena, at agricultural events throughout Scotland.
Bryony gained over 2,800 YouTube views and a plethora of positive online comments. She will be joining Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall and a host of well-known personalities from the world of food and farming at A Service to Celebrate the Harvest in Westminster Abbey on the 16th October, and afterwards will be presented with her £500 prize by the Farmers Guardian.
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Notes to Editors:
All three entries can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/user/LoveBritishFood
Full lyrics of the winning song are available upon request.
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