The Young Composers Platform for 2020 has now CLOSED.

As we were unable to present Ludlow English Song Weekend 2020, we will be including the Young Composers we selected in our next festival in 2021.  It is therefore unlikely that we will re-open applications for our Young Composer platform until later in 2021 for inclusion in our 2022 festival.   However, do check back later this year for updates.


Applicants for participation in the Platform should be born after 1st January 1997.

Three or four successful entrants will be invited to compose either a single setting of a text in English or a group of songs (maximum 3), with accompaniment for piano, although a reduction of an instrumental accompaniment which can be realised on the piano will be accepted. The texts may be any written originally in English and must be out of copyright. The settings must be for Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor or Baritone – there is no Soprano singer available for the workshop.

These pieces will be rehearsed and considered during a private session with Rhian Samuel on Friday 3rd April 2020, followed by a public workshop. They will then be performed by students from the Royal College of Music in a showcase session later in the weekend as well.

Those composers selected for the workshop will be eligible for free entrance to concerts at the festival, given home accommodation, and also have their travel expenses paid plus a small amount for subsistence.

If you would like to enter:

You are asked to submit a representative example of your work for consideration by Martin Bussey on behalf of Ludlow Song. This will ideally include setting of a text in English for a single voice or solo voices, but this is not essential.

Entry format

Scores should be submitted in PDF format. An accompanying recording is desirable but not essential. This will ideally be sent as a midi file, but the entry form gives an address to which a CD may a sent.

Scores (and accompanying recordings, as .midi files where possible) must be received electronically by 1st November 2019. All applications will be acknowledged. Please see the last page in the leaflet for the information you need to give when applying.

All those who submit pieces will be invited to attend the workshop in Ludlow in April 2020.