Rules & Regulations


Ages: 16 and above

Level: Students, Graduates, Professionals
Repertoire: Minimum 2 Contrasting Art Songs

Duration: Maximum 12 minutes total

Accompaniment: Live or Backing Track


You should prepare a programme of art songs in contrasting styles, languages and moods, which should give both singer and pianist equal chances to shine. We are looking for thoughtful and diverse programmes, as well as engaging performances. 

All songs should be drawn from the western classical art song tradition, in their original language (i.e. not in English translation, although songs originally written in English are permitted), from the classical period up until the present day. This does not include: opera arias, oratorio arias, songs from musical theatre, songs from the 24 Italian songs and arias collection or pop songs. Folk songs will be accepted if they have been arranged by a composer for voice and piano (eg, Benjamin Britten’s arrangements of English folk songs). If you are not sure, please consult your teacher.

The programme must include a minimum of two songs in different languages, with a maximum total duration of twelve minutes. All singers must perform from memory.

We will accept video entries from singers and pianist duos performing together, duos whose parts are recorded individually and then mixed together, and singers performing to backing tracks.

Up to 9 duos or solo singers will be put forward to the final, at the judges’ discretion.

If selected for the competition, you will need to pre-record your repertoire and send it to the Festival to be live-streamed on 17 July.


You must submit your final programme for the competition final with the online entry form. Entries without a programme will not be considered. You will be required to list your songs in the order that you will perform them, with the following information:

  • The song title, composer and poet

  • Opus number, collection and/or song cycle which the work is taken from

  • The language you will be singing in 

  • The duration of each song, and the total length of entire programme

To enter:

Please submit a video of you performing one of your songs (as a file or link), plus a biography (as a file or typed), at: Apply Now



Deadline for entry: Wednesday 30 June


There will be three live-streamed masterclasses on the 6, 8 and 13 of July, all selected entrants will take part in one of the masterclasses

Competition Final: 17 July


Competition Judges

Jennifer Hamilton (Head of Vocal Studies, Trinity Laban)

Karl Lutchmayer (Concert pianist, lecturer, Steinway Artist)

Patricia Rozario OBE (Professor of Voice, Trinity Laban; and Royal College of Music)

For enquiries please contact: