SEE EVENTS PAGE FOR DETAILS OF TWO EVENTS IN NOVEMBER – THE FIRST JUNIOR AWARDS on 21 November, and a very special English Song Masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott on 23rd November.

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 by clicking on the link in menu bar above and have a look at the programme for the inaugural Final, which contains more information about the background to and aims of the Awards here.


Details of the 2024 Awards will be published later in the year.


“An event entirely devoted to English Song is therefore 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.” 

Nigel Foster
Pianist and Director of the London Song Festival