Composers Song Writing Competition 2018

The Association of English Singers and Speakers

Song Writing Competition for Composers

sponsored by the Thompson Educational Trust

The AESS is reinstating the composers prize and invites British composers up to the age of 30 to compose a new English Song.

Texts must be chosen from a list of nominated poems.

The theme this year is War Poetry as part the centenary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.

Songs can be for low or high voice and piano.

Please register your interest and obtain the poems by emailing the Chairman, Sarah Leonard at or download from the AESS website competition section.

Deadline for completed song accompanied by an application form is September 28th 2018.

Results will be announced beginning of October 2018.

1st  Prize £500

2nd Prize £300

3rd Prize £200.

The winning song will be performed at the Prize Winners concert on November 3rd 2018 in London

 Judging Panel

Professor Robert Saxton

Sarah Leonard

Stephen Gutman

Nigel Foster


Send completed application form and composition to or post to

Sarah Leonard

11 Kings Hall  Road


Kent BR3 1LT

Rules of the AESS English Song Composers Competition

Composers must be British.

Upper age limit 30

Song must be for voice and piano.

Song must last no longer than 6 minutes.

Texts used must be chosen from a selection published on the AESS website or obtained from

Please register your interest by emailing

Closing date for submitting songs September 28th 2018

Winning songs announced at the beginning of October 2018


1stprize £500

2nd Prize £300

3rdPrize £200

Completed songs should be sent in a PDF file format with an application form to sarahleonard1@me.comor posted to Sarah Leonard at the address below.

Winning song will be performed at the Prize-winners concert on November 3rd 2018.

Download an application form here: Song Comp Application

Download the poems here: Six war poems

Competition administrator: Sarah Leonard

11 Kings Hall Road,

Beckenham, BR3 1LT