New songs and performances by the next generation

It's not every day that you get to perform an original piece in front of, let alone alongside, Australian music legend, 18 ARIA award winner and BBC Old Boy, Darren Middleton (1988).

This week saw BBC Music host the finals of the second annual Darren Middleton Songwriting Competition in College Hall.

The talent, confidence and creativity of our BBC musicians was once again centre stage as Darren crowned members of Yes, No, Maybe as the ultimate winners.

Following the presentation, Darren performed several of his songs, including some new material, before welcoming students to join him on stage to perform the Powderfinger classic, My Happiness.

We thank Darren for his time and commitment to the next generation of musicians and look forward to welcoming him back to BBC next year as interest in the Darren Middleton Songwriting Competition and workshops continues to grow.

Old Boy, Darren (1983 – 1988), in conjunction with BBC Music staff established the Songwriting Competition in support of the BBC Rock Band Program in 2017 and it takes it's name from the Australian singer, songwriter and member of the great Australian Band - Powderfinger.