Entries have now closed for the 2024 competition. 

The results of the judging will be published no later than the week beginning 15th July 2024.





    Calling All Young Voices In Stortford




    Stortford Young Songwriters Competition

    This brand-new competition will encourage young people from Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding area to

    • express themselves,
    • celebrate their individuality,
    • find their voice and champion their opinions or observations in a new and creative way,
    • speak up about issues that they are passionate about or that are affecting their communities,
    • and be inspired by fellow songwriters. 

    There is no specific theme; this is a creative space for you to write about what interests you.

    Your song will be listened to and judged by an expert panel from a broad expanse of musical genres

      In association with 

      The Judges

      • SuRie


        SuRie is a Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Composer and Musical Director and graduated from The Royal Academy of Music. She has over 7 million sales, streams and downloads, and has performed to crowds across the world, including at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. With a passion for truthful, musical storytelling and soundscapes, SuRie was also awarded an Associateship to The Royal Academy of Music for her significant contribution to the music profession.
      • Josie Cowley

        Josie Cowley

        Josie Cowley is a highly trained Soprano who studied with teachers at Junior RNCM, RAM and GSMD, and is an acclaimed community choir conductor, having formed Herts and Soul Community Choir and The Harmonaires, which have collectively raised over £100,000 for local and national charities in the last 15 years.  Josie has taught classroom Music to children aged 3-18 for much of her career, and co-ordinates yearly choral festivals for children in Bishop’s Stortford.
      • George Newman

        George Newman

        George is currently a Year 13 student and member of the Music Academy at Saffron Walden County High School. George is a very proficient clarinet player, singer and is also learning to play the piano. George is studying A Level Music and Music Technology at sixth form. George is a member of the Senior Orchestra, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Show Choir at sixth form and enjoyed the Music Department's Tour to Strasbourg and the Black Forest in July 2023.
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