Performance opportunity for young Hertfordshire songwriters at prestigious venue

Published: 16 Jul 2019


Young Hertfordshire songwriters are being given the opportunity to showcase their talents at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall next year.

The Hertfordshire Music Service is offering young people who go to school or live in the county an opportunity to perform their own song as part of the Hertfordshire Schools’ Gala on Sunday 8 March 2020.

Submissions can be made by students uploading their original song(s) to the Hertfordshire Schools’ Gala online chart. The deadline for entries is 31 August.

To support this opportunity, the Music Service is running full day songwriting workshops in music centres throughout Hertfordshire during the summer holidays.  Dates and venues are:

Monday 29 July – Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford
Tuesday 30 July – Bishop’s Stortford Music Centre, Birchwood High School, Parsonage Lane, Bishop’s Stortford
Thursday 1 and Friday 2 August – Stevenage Music Centre, Nobel School, Mobbsbury Way, Stevenage
Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August – North Herts Music School, Highbury Road, Hitchin
Thursday 8 and Friday 9 August – Mid Herts Centre for Music and Arts, Birchwood Avenue, Hatfield

The cost is £25 for a one-day songwriting workshop and £50 for a two-day workshop.  Places are available free of charge for young people receiving support from Hertfordshire County Council’s targeted support teams, free school meals or remission of fees. Please call 01438 844713 to discuss this option.

Councillor Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said: “Hertfordshire is full of talented, young musicians and this is a fantastic chance for them to show off that talent before a huge audience.

“The songwriter competition has been running since 2003 and during that time we’ve received some fantastic entries and seen some fantastic performances.  I look forward to hearing the songs submitted this year.”

Young people interested in entering can create an account and upload songs at: songwriteronline.co.uk/gala