Composers Song Writing Competition 2020

The Association of English Singers and Speakers

Song Writing Competition for Composers 2020

Write an English Song

We invite composers up to the age of 35 to compose a song to original English words.

Composers must choose texts on this year’s theme (see below). Please bear in mind copyright laws. Poets have to have been dead for 70 years before you can use their poems without seeking permission.

 The theme this year is “Roads to Solace”

Poems /prose should be about finding solace or comfort or joy from an experience, maybe a life-changing one.

Songs can be for any voice type and piano.

Please register your interest by emailing the Chairman, Sarah Leonard at sarahleonard1@me.com

Deadline for completed song accompanied by an application form

September 25th 2020

Results will be announced in early October 2020.

1st prize £500

2nd prize £300

3rd prize £200.

The winning songs will be performed at the AESS Prize Winners’ concert in The London Song Festival on November 28th 2020

The winning song may be published by Goodmusic Publishing Ltd.

Judging Panel

Professor Robert Saxton

Stephen Gutman

Nigel Foster

Send completed application form and composition to sarahleonard1@me.com or post to

Sarah Leonard

6 Scotts Avenue

Bromley

Kent BR2 0LQ

Rules of the AESS English Song Composers Competition

Composers can be of any nationality.

Upper age limit 35

Song must be for voice and piano.

Song must last no longer than 6 minutes.

Manuscript should not contain the composers name, only their pseudonym.

Texts can be the composers’ own choice but must reflect the theme of the competition ‘Roads to Solace’

Please register your interest by emailing sarahleonard1@me.com

Closing date for submitting songs September 25th 2020

Winning songs announced in early October 2020

Prizes

1st prize £500

2nd Prize £300

3rd Prize £200

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

Winning songs will be performed at the AESS Prize-winners concert in The London Song Festival on November 28th 2020

Download the application form here

Competition administrator

Sarah Leonard

6 Scotts Avenue

Bromley, BR2 0LQ

sarahleonard1@me.com