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UEFA Women's U19 Championship song hits high note as tournament set to get underway

The UEFA Women's U19 Championship is set to get underway in Northern Ireland next week, and the official tournament song has proven to be an inspiring anthem for the competition.

Performed by Co Down singer Triona, the track entitled 'Days Like These' was written and produced by young local talent from Cinemagic.

The song's music video features former Northern Ireland international Ian Stewart and current women’s under-19 forward Rebecca Bassett.

It was filmed on location at the childhood home of George Best and the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

Both the song and video were made by local video production and song writing talent aged between 16-25, working under the guidance of industry professionals.

Since it was released in June the video has had over 100k views, and an audience reach of 252,867 on Facebook and 2500 views on Youtube.

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for aspiring creative industries professionals to work on a truly unique project. Through this project we were able to offer skills development training in a wide range of production disciplines and in doing so help nurture young local talent.”

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Downpatrick singer/songwriter Triona

Jake Morgan, 21, was among the group who wrote and produced the track.

He said:  "I contributed by writing the orchestral string accompaniment. This played to my strengths as I am a conductor and film score composer.

"Later in the song mixing process, my string parts were added to flesh out the accompaniment and add that lush texture achieved by orchestral strings."

Fellow participant, Orla O’Rourke, explained how they went about composing the uplifting song, adding: “Our role as a group was to try and create a song that captured the spirit and determination of the teams involved in the competition, and the pride of having it held on home soil in Northern Ireland.

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"We had workshops and writing days with the Cinemagic team, and ended up with three or four final songs to choose from.

"From the moment we heard "Days Like These" we felt it completely captured the feeling of the competition and seeing the music video with it was a perfect fit. Being involved in this project was incredible, I met some amazing people, improved my song writing skills and learned how to collaborate and create with other writers.”

The UEFA Women's U19 Championship will take place across Northern Ireland from 8 to 20 August.

'Days Like These' is now available on iTunes and Spotify.

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