Supported by the Boltini Trust

Aldeburgh Music is looking for a new song to be performed as part of our 2014 ‘Friday Afternoons’ initiative ...

Aldeburgh Music's international singing project – Friday Afternoons – is looking for a new song from a young UK based composer.

The Friday Afternoons project was launched in 2013, to celebrate the centenary of its founder, the composer Benjamin Britten. Benjamin Britten is the most successful classical composer ever from the UK. By the age of 14 he had already written over 100 pieces and he went on to write some of the most popular works for children including Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, Noye’s Fludde and his songs Friday Afternoons. The 2013 Britten Young Songwriter Competition produced some wonderful new music, all written to new lyrics by Anthony Horowitz. The overall winners, Abigail Caveney and Zoe Dixon, had their songs performed at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall on 22 November – Britten’s 100th birthday.

Click here to see the full list of last year's winners.

For 2014, Aldeburgh Music has commissioned nine new, fun songs, based on traditional folk texts, from talented composers and songwriters – John Woolrich, Nico Muhly, Sally Beamish, Rachel Portman, Gwyneth Herbert, Talvin Singh, Jason Yarde, Jon Boden and The Unthanks – and added to these are two of Britten’s folk songs, as well as Zoe Dixon’s winning song from last year’s competition, ‘Orford Lighthouse’.

The 2014 Britten Young Songwriter Competition is looking for a new song, based on a traditional folk text of your choice from anywhere in the world. If you’re aged 18 or under and based in the UK, then read on…

Here's how you can get involved

Aldeburgh Music is looking for talented individuals or groups of young people (18 and under and based in the UK) to set music to a traditional folk text of your choice, from anywhere in the world. Your song entry must be:

  • Set to a traditional folk text, from anywhere in the world, and of any length

  • Written for singers aged 18 and under (e.g. your school/music centre choir/an individual)

  • Written by an individual or a group based in the UK (aged 18 and under)

  • With us no later than Wednesday 10 September 2014 – either via email or post

Submissions must include:

  • a recording

  • a score (handwritten or computer notated) - optional

  • your name, contact details and age - including the age category that you are entering

  • the source of your text (only texts in the public domain will be accepted)

You can submit one or more songs, set to a traditional folk text of your choice. Winners will be selected in the following categories:

  • aged 13 and under

  • aged 14-18

(NB. The ‘13 and Under’ category includes any Year 9 student.)

The two winners, one from each category, will have their song recorded and published on the Friday Afternoons website, and the composers will be invited to Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk on 28th November 2014 where their songs will be performed as part of the national Friday Afternoons culmination event.

Your submission should be emailed to or posted to ‘Friday Afternoons Song Competition’, Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP.




The closing deadline for submissions is Wednesday 10 September 2014.

For any enquiries email or ring 01728 687163.