The Ludlow English Song Weekend

Young Composer Platform

Young Composers

The English Song Weekend offers young composers an outstanding opportunity to hear their music performed in the context of this major festival of English Song, and to work on their composition with one of the country’s leading composers, Judith Bingham.

Applicants for participation in the Platform should be born after 1st January 1995.

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.

Scores should be submitted as a PDF. An accompanying recording is desirable but not essential. This will ideally be sent as a MIDI file, but there is an address below to which a CD may a sent.

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.

These pieces will be rehearsed and considered during a private session with Judith Bingham on Friday 6th April 2018, followed by a public workshop. They will then be performed by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 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.

‘My experience at the Ludlow English Song Festival was very special and unique. From travel costs to accommodation and food, the festival organisers covered it all. They made me feel so welcome and supported throughout the weekend that I felt right at home. It is a weekend I will never forget – working with Tarik O’Regan was immensely educational and I made several good friends that I plan to stay in contact with in the future.’
Georgia Johnston, composition student from the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Scores and accompanying recordings, as midi files where possible must be received electronically by 1st November 2017. They should be sent to:


  • 1st November 2017: representative examples of music already composed submitted
  • 1st December 2017: successful entrants notified and final details of the brief given
  • 1st February 2018: songs completed and sent in to enable performers reasonable rehearsal time

Information for applicants:

Please include your name, address with postcode, email, telephone number and date of birth. Please also let us know the name of your Conservatoire or University if applicable and the title of your work.

Scores and accompanying recordings, as midi files where possible should be sent to:

Any CD recordings should be sent to:
Ludlow Song Young Composer Platform
The Chapel
Worthenbury Road
SY14 7BF

 Closing date 1st November 2017. The panel’s decision is final.