Young composers invited to enter contest for the Ludlow English Song Weekend

Young British composers are being invited to take part in a contest that will see their music performed at the Ludlow English Song Weekend, one of the major song weekends to be held in England. The event takes place between the 30th May-2nd June 2013, and the lucky winners also get the chance to work with Julian Philips, one of the UK’s top composers.

Apart from seeing their work performed at the festival, winners are also to receive prize money amounting to £500 in Category A and £250 in Category B. The 6 finalists will be invited during the Ludlow English Song Weekend to take part is a special workshop with Mr Philips.

Entry to the competition is in two age groups:

19-23 (born on or after 1 January 1987)

16-18 (born 1 January 1992 to 31 December  1994)

Entries are required by 7 January 2013.  Further details and entry form from

The judging panel is Julian Philips (Head of Composition, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and recently Composer in Residence and composer of community opera Knight Crew at Glyndebourne), Paul Spicer (one of Britain’ most distinguished and respected choral conductors and composers and Chairman Finzi Friends), Martin Bussey (a noted musician and educationist combining the roles of composer, singer and conductor at places that include Chetham’s School of Music & Manchester University).

The 2013 Ludlow English Song Weekend will be the fifth triennial festival,  and, under the direction of artistic director Iain Burnside, is organized by the Finzi Friends who know and care passionately about the genre.

As well as recitals by outstanding artists and up and coming talent, there are talks, workshops, masterclasses, and the competition for young composers is a particular high spot. Events take place in the elegant Assembly Rooms in this beautiful border town, so much at the heart of the epic poem-cycle A Shropshire Lad by AE Housman, which has inspired many composers and poets.