The Ashburnham English Song Awards were established in 2023 by mezzo-soprano Louise Winter, with the support of Dame Felicity Lott as President, to promote the study, performance and appreciation — in schools, conservatoires and in the professional concert hall — of the vast and precious repertoire of English Song, from the seventeenth century to the present day.
The FINAL of the inaugural Ashburnham English Song Awards took place on Thursday, 18th May, 2023 at Ashburnham Place. Eight voice and piano duos performed short recital programmes of English Song for the judges, Dame Felicity Lott, Louise Winter, Richard Suart and Sebastian Wybrew, as well as a packed hall. You can read about the 2023 Prizewinners and what they have been doing since by clicking on the link in menu bar above.
We are delighted to announce the 2024 Ashburnham English Song Awards. Full details of how to enter, including all forms and relevant information for applicants, can be found by clicking on the menu bar above. The twelve finalists, six singers and six pianists, will be chosen following live preliminary auditions on 19th March, 2024.
SAVE THE DATE for the Final which will be held in the evening of Thursday, 16th May, 2024 at Ashburnham Place, Battle.
“An event entirely devoted to English Song is a very exciting and special event. I wish The Ashburnham English Song Awards every success, and I wish a great deal of fun to every singer and every pianist taking part. There is something very special about communicating in one’s own language; an inner depth of understanding and of meaning is possible when we communicate in the language in which we think and in which we dream.”