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Ludlow Song Young Composers' Workshop 2024

Ludlow Song are looking for young UK composers, aged 16 to 25, who are facing financial barriers to their musical practice, to take part in a free, expenses-paid workshop with leading  composer and teacher Professor Julian Philips in Birmingham this September. The workshop is an opportunity to explore English song: music for voice and piano with text in the English language. 

In August, the successful applicants will be asked to share a work in progress to be workshopped: a song or groups of songs with a text in English. At the workshop they will work on their compositions with Professor Philips, along with an experienced singer and pianist, and will also learn from each others’ ideas and processes. The day will end with a free public performance, including a chance to share the new works in progress with a supportive audience. We hope that at least one workshop participant will receive a paid commission for Ludlow English Song Weekend, in April 2025.

The workshop is equally open to composers currently in or out of formal education. We are committed to making it as accessible as possible, including using accessible spaces, and putting aside an access fund to make sure we can meet the needs of disabled and neurodivergent applicants. 

The workshop is generously supported by the Gerald Finzi Trust, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.