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, Eleanor Alberga.

Applicants for participation should be born after 1st January 1996.

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 Eleanor Alberga on Friday 5th April 2019. They will then be performed by students from the Royal Northern College of Music in a showcase 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.

Scores and accompanying recordings, as midi files where possible, must be received electronically by 1st November 2018. They should be sent to:


  • 1st November 2018: representative examples of music already composed submitted
  • 1st December 2018: successful entrants notified and final details of the brief given
  • 1st February 2019: 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 2018. The panel’s decision is final.