Naomi's GCSE composition hits the charts


When Manchester teenager Naomi Higginson sat down to compose a song for her GCSE music coursework she never imagined it would be released as a pop single.

With a pressing deadline, the 16-year-old, pictured above, wrote the melody and lyrics for With You in 30 minutes flat. 

But as soon as Naomi (pictured) played her haunting ballad about a long distance relationship to her music teacher at Oldham Hulme Grammar School, Rachel Shapey spotted its potential.

“When I heard the song I was amazed,” said Ms Shapey, who started teaching at Oldham Hulme a year ago. 

“A lot of GCSE music students choose to write pop songs but I’d never heard anything so accomplished or mature before. It was better than many songs on the radio.”

Once Naomi had completed her GCSE exams in June, she recorded the song and late last month it was released nationally by Nova Distribution, part of Universal Music. 

“I can’t believe how things have turned out,” said Naomi, who has been writing songs since the age of 13. She uses the stage name Caleidra for her music and is a keen fan of Coldplay, Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne.

“I’ve gone from sitting in a classroom trying to put a song together to recording it in a professional studio and shooting a video. I had to compose two pieces for my music GCSE but I spent so long perfecting my classical piece that I was running out of time to do the second one. But I wrote a melody and played it to my friends and teachers and they loved it.”

Naomi, who got an A in her GCSE music, is about to start studying for A levels in maths, English literature, chemistry and physics and wants to go to university. 

But she plans to continue writing songs and singing in the school choir and would love to go into the music business.

Naomi’s song is available for download at


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