In 2024 there will be three days of live singing competitions in Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG
Singing Day 1 – Younger Singers
From 3.30pm on Friday 15 March – Classes 211, 212, 213, 214 and 215 – Adjudicator: tbc
Singing Day 2 – Musical Theatre
From 3.00pm on Sunday 17 March – Classes 208, 209 and 210 – Adjudicator: tbc
Singing Day 3 – Adults
From 6:30pm on Monday 18 March – Classes 202, 203, 204, 205, 206 and 207 – Adjudicator: tbc
For the Musical Theatre and adult Opera/Operetta classes, both the singing and the characterisation of the part are important. Costumes and props are welcome but, if used, should be simple.
Download the syllabus here 2023 Choirs and Singing Syllabus
The Association of English Singers & Speakers Music Festivals Trophy
We are very grateful to The Association of English Singers & Speakers for sponsoring the AESS Prize. Entrants should sing two songs by British composers and recite in English one poem or piece of prose by a British poet or author. The candidate should introduce the programme and may choose the order in which to recite and sing. The songs and poem or prose should share a common theme. The AESS prize will be £25 cash, the AESS Trophy and a copy of one of the AESS’ Century of English Song books. The prize will be awarded to the winner of singing class 203.
Herbert Howells Song Prize
We are very grateful to The Herbert Howells Society for sponsoring a prize for the best performance of a song by Herbert Howells in any competition over the course of the Festival. The Herbert Howells Society Prize is £25 cash plus a copy of one of the books of Howells published songs from a list supplied to the winner. Each adjudicator of singing competitions will nominate one singer and the winner will be chosen by agreement from among those nominees.
The eligible singing competitions will be held on Monday 18 March and Tuesday 16 April – the Edith Poulsen Singing Prize Competition.
Please click on the button below to enter. The first time that you use it, you will need to register.
The closing date for singing classes is tbc.
The following information applies to each of the three days of singing competitions
All entrants may sing with or without instrumental accompaniment, but no backing tracks are allowed.
Pieces may not be repeated in different competitions.
All entrants, but especially those with younger voices, should ensure they present vocally appropriate repertoire.
Entrants must provide the Adjudicator with a clean copy of the music for each work to be performed. Pieces may not be repeated in different competitions.
Entrants are reminded to introduce themselves and the piece(s) they are singing and to wear dress appropriate for a performance.
For each entry, age is the age on 1st September before the date of the class so that all the entrants in a class are in the same school year.
If an entrant has been a pupil of the Adjudicator in the year prior to the Festival or is well-known to the Adjudicator, they should contact the Section Head before entering.
Singers wishing to perform their own compositions may like to enter one of the composition classes.
Download a copy here 2023 Choirs and Singing Syllabus
Click the ‘read more’ button below to see videos from 2018 and 2019 competitionsRead more
The video above shows performances from the 2019 Singing Recital Prize Competition together with an interview with the adjudicator, Joan Rodgers, who explains what she is looking for from winning singers.
The video below shows performances from the 2018 Singing Recital Prize Competition together with an interview with the adjudicator, Linda Hirst and the adjudicator for accompanists, Gill Cracknell.