Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters 2020

The 2020 competition was delayed due to Covid and, when it became obvious that a live concert final would be out of the question, we decided to organise an online competition instead. This has proved to be enormously popular and has attracted an unprecedented number of entries, 68 in all.

The extremely high standard of most of the submissions has made it difficult to choose a shortlist, but 12 compositions have now been selected to go through to the final.  The two £400 adjudicated prizes will be awarded as usual but not the £200 audience prize. This prize money may be used for another award, at the discretion of the adjudicators.

Listen to the 2020 competition entries 

The Shortlisted entries are available to watch as a YouTube Playlist here.

The Entries are also listed below in alphabetical order including links to their recordings, biographies and programme notes.

Amelia Clarkson

Through His Gaze

Three songs for tenor & harp

1. To a young girl

2. A crazed girl

3. He tells of a valley

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Niall Docherty

A Godly Dream

Male voice vocal ensemble

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Joshua Dowling

The Song of Achilles    

Three movement song cycle for baritone and chamber ensemble

I. Burial

II. Our Joy

III. Memories

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Daniel Hall

A Dialogue of Transmogrified Souls

Brass band and percussion

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Will Harmer


Drummer Hodge   

Solo piano

YouTube image by Juanita Swart

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Josh Hill

Your Skin Like Dawn    

Five-part male vocal ensemble

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Peter Hughes

42 3

     
I. A Birthday Present
II. chattily. Is that
III. Shortly thereafter, the
IV. manager #8 has
V. sorrowful tone; ‘at
VI. slaughters, their blood

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Leoni Hughes-King

Time

Countertenor and piano 

I. Time let me hail and climb

II. Time let me play and be

III. In the first, spinning place (Interlude)

IV. Time held me green and dying

 

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Michal Kawecki

 

Lost

Six-part vocal ensemble 

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Jack Ledger Dowse

Innisfree

High voices and piano

 

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Georgia Lee

Fading

Vocal solo with instrumental accompaniment

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Ruaraidh Williams


This Morning I Watched from Here

Instrumental ensemble

YouTube image by Mark Asthoff 

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