Competitions

Entrants are encouraged to explore the vast wealth of material from five hundred years of song writing, prose and poetry, of writers and composers world-wide who employ the English language. Ideas can be found in the AESS Century of English Song – Volumes 1-10, details of which can be found on the relevant page on this website.

The Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Prize 2017

The final will be held on Sunday November 19th at Trinity College of Music

The preliminary round will take place on Sunday, November 5th at Taggs Yard, London – to be confirmed

The deadline for entries is to be confirmed

The 2016 competition below is given as a guide

 

Prospectus  

Purpose:

The purpose of the AESS Junior Recital Competition, in accordance with the general aims of the AESS, is “to encourage the communication of English words, in singing and in speech, with clarity, understanding and imagination”.

Requirement:

Competitors are asked to present and sing a themed recital of classical ‘Art Songs’ with original English texts. (N.B ‘Art Songs’ does NOT include opera, oratorio, operetta or musicals). The integrated programme may include spoken links and must contain at least one piece of poetry or prose. The programme should not exceed 15 minutes in total. Candidates should provide their own accompanist.

The entire programme must be delivered from memory in both rounds.

The judges will give equal attention to the spoken and sung elements of the programme.

Eligibility:

The competition is open to young singers resident in the UK and Ireland. Junior Conservatoires and specialist Music Schools may nominate candidates. The competition is also open to students who are pupils of members of the Association and schools where there is a link with the Association.

Age Limit:

The prize is open to young singers  who are aged 13 to 18  on or before the date of the final, Sunday 19th November 2016.

Prizes:

First Prize – £300 sponsored by Catherine Lambert.
Second Prize – £200 sponsored by Catherine Lambert.
Third Prize – £100 sponsored by Coral Gould

Marian Lines prize of £200 for the best spoken element

The Competition:

The competition will be in two stages.

Stage One:

There will be a preliminary round to be held on Sunday, 5th November in London (Taggs Yard, Barnes). Judges will be drawn from members of the Association, who have not themselves submitted candidates. They will select a maximum of eight competitors for the final.

Stage Two:

The final will be held on Sunday, 19th November at Trinity College of Music from 4.00pm. The winner of the competition will be offered a masterclass for their school or college from an AESS member in addition to the prize.

Entry:

A nominal, non-refundable, entry fee of £15.00 is charged to cover administrative expenses. Entries must be made on the official forms provided and must be received no later than TBC

Entry Form:

AESS Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Prize Application Form 2016 To be updated in due course

AESS Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Prize Prospectus 2016 To be updated in du course

Previous Prize Winners:

2002 – Elena Anastopoulos
2003 – Kirsten Barker
2004 – Soraya Mafi
2005 – NO COMPETITION
2006 – Alex Knox
2007 – Harriet Eyley
2008 – Mary Galloway
2009 – Thomas Payne
2010 – Rosanna Cooper
2011 – Elizabeth Thomas
2012 – Julius Haswell
2013 – Clare Sutherland
2014 – Georgia Odette                                                                                                          2015 – Ella Rainbird-Earley                                                                                               2016 – Ellen Pearson

Previous winners of this competition are not eligible to enter a second time.

Feedback from the judges will be given to all entrants as soon as is practicable for both rounds.

Enquiries:

The administrator for the Competition is Carolyn Richards, 29 Petersfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4EP Tel. 07768 086 123. E-mail. CarolynWestrip@aol.com.

The Courtney Kenny Award 2018 

The 2017 competition is given as a guard to the 2018 competition

The final will take place at Tonbridge School on Sunday, March 12th.

The preliminary round will take place on March 4th at Taggs Yard, Barnes in London

The deadline for entries will be Saturday February 25th

Prospectus 

Purpose:

The purpose of the AESS Courtney Kenny Award, in accordance with the general aims of the AESS, is “to encourage the communication of English words, in singing and in speech, with clarity, understanding and imagination”.

Requirement:

Competitors are asked to present and sing a themed recital of classical ‘Art Songs’ and the spoken word, with original English texts. (N.B.’Art Songs’ does NOT include opera, oratorio, operetta or musical theatre). The integrated programme may include spoken links and must contain poetry and/ or prose. The programme should not exceed 20 minutes in total. Candidates should provide their own accompanist.

The entire programme must be delivered from memory in both rounds.

The judges will give equal emphasis to the spoken and sung elements of the programme.

Eligibility:

The competition is open to young singers aged 18 to 23. The application form must be signed by an AESS member.

Age Limit:

Singers, together with pianists eligible for the accompanists’ prize, should be in the above age-range on or before the date of the final. In 2017 this is 12th March.

Prizes:

First Prize – £1,000
Second Prize – £500
Third Prize – £500
Accompanists’ Prize – £500

The Competition:

The competition will be in two stages.

Stage One:

There will be a preliminary session on  March 4th at Tagg’s Yard, Barnes, London. The panel of judges will be drawn from members of the Association, who have not themselves submitted candidates. They will select a maximum of 6 competitors for the final.

Stage Two:

The final will be held in the Recital Room of Tonbridge School in Kent from 2.00pm on the afternoon of Sunday March 12th 2017.

Entry:

A nominal, non-refundable, entry fee of £20.00 is charged to cover administrative expenses. Entries must be made on the official forms provided and must be received no later than February 25th 2017.

Entry Form:

Courtney Kenny Award Application Form

Previous Prize Winners:

2010 – Angharad Lyddon
2011 – Raphaela Papadakis
2012 – Elizabeth Desbruslais
2013 – Sinéad O’Kelly
2014 – Meilir Jones
2015 – CharlotteYeoman                                                                                                 2016 – Leilani Barratt

Previous winners of this competition are not eligible to enter a second time.

Feedback from the judges will be given to all entrants as soon as is practicable for both rounds.

Enquiries:

Stephen Miles, The Well House, 20 Barney Road, Fulmodestone, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0AT. Telephone: 01328 878 364. Mobile: 07767 688 514. E-mail: miles.s.j@btinternet.com.

The article by 2014 Senior Prizewinner, Alexei Winter will be of use to those who are unsure of how to devise a recital for the AESS competitions. You can read it here: Devising a recital 

Leilani Barratt, the Courntey Kenny 2016 winner has also written about how she came to devise her programme. Read here

Courtney Kenny writes about his thoughts on the competition

The Dame Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2017 

The final will take place at the London College of Music, Ealing on Wednesday, May 31st from 6.00pm

The preliminary round will take place at the LCM on Sunday, May 28th

The deadline for entries is Saturday, May 20th

The London College of Music,at The University of West London,                                                      St St Mary’s Road, Ealing, London W5 5RF

The finals will be held in The Weston Hall

Prospectus

Purpose:

The purpose of the Dame Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, in accordance with the aims of the AESS, is “to encourage the communication of English words, in singing and in speech, with clarity, understanding and imagination”.

Requirement:

Competitors are asked to present and sing a themed recital of ‘Art’ songs with original English texts. The integrated programme may include spoken links and must contain at least one piece of poetry or prose. It should not exceed 20 minutes in total.  Candidates are required to bring their own accompanist.

The same programme must be delivered from memory in its entirety in both rounds. (A high number of entrants might necessitate that one song be omitted in the preliminary round.)

The judges will give equal attention to the spoken and sung elements of the programme.

Eligibility:

The competition is open to full-time students at institutions of further education in the UK and Ireland where singing or speech are taught. Each institution may nominate up to four candidates but may at the discretion of the committee be allowed further candidates if they are of a very high standard. Also, the competition is open to members and to students who are pupils of members of the Association.

Age Limit:

Open to those who are 23 – 32 years of age on 31st May 2017.

Prizes:

First Prize – £2,000
Second Prize – £1,000
Third Prize – £1,000
Accompanist’s Prize – £1,000

The Competition:

The competition will be in two stages.

Stage One:

The preliminary round will be held at the London College of Music, Ealing on Sunday, 28th May. Candidates should state a preference for a particular time, if they have one (please check this with your accompanist first), although this cannot necessarily be guaranteed. The panel of judges is drawn from members of the Association who have not themselves submitted candidates. They will select up to six competitors from this round to compete in the final.

Stage Two:

The final will be held at the LCM on the evening of Wednesday 31st May beginning at 6.00pm.

Expenses:

Competitors will be expected to defray their own expenses for the first stage. Standard class travel expenses will be offered to finalists travelling to London.

Entry:

A nominal, non-refundable, entry fee of £20.00 is charged to cover administrative expenses. Entries must be made on the official forms provided and must be received no later than Saturday 20th May 2017.

Previous winners of this competition are not eligible to enter a second time.

Feedback from the judges will be given to all entrants as soon as is practicable for both rounds.

Entry Form:

AESS Senior Application Form 2017

Previous Prize Winners:

SENIOR COMPETITION PREVIOUS PRIZE WINNERS

Enquiries:

Stephen Miles, The Well House, 20 Barney Road, Fulmodestone, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0AT. Tel. 01328 878 364. E-mail. miles.s.j@btinternet.com.

The article by 2014 Senior Prizewinner, Alexei Winter will be of use to those who are unsure of how to devise a recital for the AESS competitions. You can read it here: Devising a recital

The Fell Musical Theatre Prize 2018

The Competition will take place on a date TBC

Deadline for entries is TBC

The 2017 Prospectus is given as a guide

The prospectus 

The AESS with the Toni V Fell Musical Charitable Trust offers The Fell Musical Theatre Prize of £1,000 to be held in London on Sunday, May 14th 2017 at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, 1 Nutford Place, London W1H 5YZ.

The AESS is pleased to announce that the judges will be the musical theatre singer/actress Ria Jones, and the stage director Dominic Shaw.

To download an information pack and booking form, please click here

Competitors must be between 18-25 years old, of any nationality and be in full time training or preparing for a career in Musical Theatre. Competitors are required to perform a song and a scene/speech as a sequence in the original English which can come from any source and be presented in any order; they do not have to be from the same source. There must be a smooth transition between the two elements as though performing within the context of Musical Theatre and appropriate movement may be included as part of the performance

 The programme should not exceed eight minutes. The adjudicators will require a copy of both the scene/speech and the song. Costume/props may be used.

Applications must be received by April 29th 2017. There is a non-refundable entrance fee of £20 (cheques payable to the AESS) which should be sent with the application form to The Administrator, AESS TVF Competition, 1 Hillfield Road, London, NW6 1QD.

AESS Fell Prize for musical Theatre Previous Winners

Previous winners of this competition are not eligible to enter a second time.

Feedback from the judges will be given to all entrants as soon as is practicable.

To learn more about the Toni V Fell Trust visit: www.tonifelltrust.org.

The 2016 winner, Jess Peet, has written of her experience in the Fell Prize. Read her piece here

The Timothy West and Prunella Scales Speech Prize for Actors 2018

The 2017 prospectus is given as a guide

The competition will take place at the London Bridge Campus of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Central Bankside, Emerson Building, 4 – 8 Emerson Street, London SE1 9DU

Competition date

Preliminary round Saturday April 22nd 2017 between 10 am – 5pm

Final round Saturday April 29th 2017, 2pm – 5pm

The deadline for entries is Thursday 13th April 2017.

Purpose:

The purpose of the Timothy West and Prunella Scales Speech Prize for Actors, in accordance with the general aims of the AESS, is “to encourage the communication of English words, with clarity, understanding and imagination”

Eligibility:

The competition is open to young actors aged 18 to 23 who are in full or part time training at a recognized institution.

Requirement:

Competitors are asked to present a themed programme to include at least one poem or sonnet, and prose from plays and literature, from any period, within a creative framework.

The programme should not exceed 8 minutes in total.

The entire programme must be delivered from memory.

The programme will be the same for both rounds.

The judges will be looking for clarity of expression, fluency of delivery, imaginative use of material and an ability to take the audience on a dramatic journey.

Age Limit:

Actors should be within the above age-range on or before the date of the final.

Prizes:

First Prize – £750 – sponsored by Timothy West & Prunella Scales

Second Prize – £500

Third Prize – £250

The Competition:

The competition will be in two stages.

Preliminaries on Saturday April 22nd between 10am – 5pm

Finals on Saturday April 29th between 2pm – 5pm.

The panel of judges will be drawn from AESS members and other members of the acting profession.

Entry:

A nominal, non-refundable, entry fee of £20.00 is charged to cover administrative expenses. Entries must be made on the official forms provided and must be received no later than April 13th 2017 .

Application form

Please send the completed form to: Stephen Varcoe, Ansells Farm, Alphamstone, Bures, Suffolk CO8 5HN

svarcoe1@googlemail.com

AESS Music Festivals Trophy

In its Centenary Year of 2013, the AESS inaugurated a special trophy and a £25 prize to be presented at ten National Federation of Music Festivals. Currently, the age group is for singers who present a song and a spoken element in the age range 13 to 18. The last year for this arrangement is 2017. After this time, the prize will be put out to tender again and the age range may be broadened.

The festivals which currently present an AESS trophy are:

Blackheath Music Festival http://www.blackheathmusicfestival.co.uk

Chelmsford Competitive Festival of Music, Speech & Drama http://www.federationoffestivals.org.uk/chelmsford-festival-of-performing-arts/

Ealing Festival of Music http://www.ealingfestival.org.uk

Eastbourne Music & Arts Festival http://www.eastbournemusicandartsfestival.org

Richmond Upon Thames Performing Arts Festival http://www.richmondfestival.org.uk/Richmond_Festival/Welcome.html

South Cumbria Musical Festival http://www.southcumbriamusicalfestival.co.uk

Southend Musical Festival http://www.southendmusicfestival.co.uk

Stratford & East London Musical Festival http://www.stratfordmusicfestival.org.uk

Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts http://suffolk-festival.org.uk 

Watford Festival of Music, Speech & Drama https://www.watfordfestival.co.uk