The final of the Junior Recital Competition was held on Saturday 11th November. Nine finalists presented themed recitals of English Art Song and poetry. The judges were Mary Mogil, Jonathan Courage and chairman Graham Trew, standing in for Eiddwen Harrhy, who was not able to be present. The winner of the £300 first prize who communicated his programme of ‘Nature’ in a most effective and personal manner was Alexander Knox, a student of Janet Munro at Junior Trinity. The runner-up, winning £200, was Harriet Eyley, a student of Coral Gould at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, whose chosen theme was ‘Flowers’. Thanks are due to Carolyn Richards for her administration and to Judy and Mike Hildesley for the use of their music room. The standard of entries was high, with singing being stronger than speaking and thanks are due to many Specialist Music Schools and Junior Conservatoires from whom entries were recieved as well as from students of AESS members. Future sponsorship for the competition needs to be sought at some point and any offer from individuals or businesses would be welcome.