Could you write a song? Perhaps you are already a songwriter, or have always had a song in your head just waiting for you to write it. If so, the Last Choir Singing Song Writing Contest is for you!

Entry is FREE and is open to both adults and children with a cash prize of £400 plus an acoustic recording by singer, Duncan Heather, and guitarist, Drew Palmer, put on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the songwriter.

From 29 August 2017, the prestigious Last Choir song writing contest will be officially open for entries from across the UK.

About Last Choir Singing Choir Competition

The Last Choir Singing Choir Competition was launched in 2014 by Chorley-based True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners and has been a huge success. The competition is open to all junior schools in the greater Lancashire area. This gives children the opportunity to showcase their skills in a supportive and fun environment. Regional heats will be taking place throughout March 2018 with the winning choirs of each heat making it to the Grand Final in June 2018.

As part of the competition, organisers have included a song writing contest. The contest has been a huge success drawing in song writers from every corner of the UK.

In addition to the prize, the song that wins will become the set song that is performed by the choirs at the Last Choir Singing Final on Friday 15th June 2017.

Project Manager, Anita Shaw, said: “The Last Choir Singing Choir Competition empowers young choristers enabling them to showcase their talent. The song writing contest is a welcomed additional element to the competition and is a great way to inspire and help budding songwriters.”

Shortlisted applicants will have an acoustic version of their song performed live on Radio Lancashire by the International Vocalist, Duncan Heather on Friday 24 November. The songs will then be put to public vote with the winner being announced live on the radio on Monday 4 December 2017.

2017 Winner

Last year’s winner was Jane Smith, a singer/songwriter from Bolton. She plays piano and has been writing songs since aged 12. Lead singer for the band ‘Bright Shapes’, Jane has performed all over the country. In 2011, she reached the National Final of Open Mic UK and sang at the O2 arena.

In 2016, Jane entered her song ‘We Will Remember’ into the Last Choir song writing contest. Shortlisted by a judging panel and performed on BBC Radio Lancashire, the song went to public vote, and won. Her song ‘We Will Remember’ was performed by all 11 choirs in the Last Choir Singing Final in June 2017.

For Jane, this was a whole new experience. She says: ‘It was very emotional. Each choir brought something new to the song and made it their own. I felt humbled and proud all at once. It’s something I will never forget.’

Entry details

All entries must be recorded and submitted in MP3 or MP4 format and must be unpublished. The songs will be judged on composition and suitability for children’s choirs, not on vocal performance or song production.

To enter the Last Choir Singing song writing contest, go to www.lastchoirsinging.co.uk/songcontest and follow the online application process.

Deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 20 October 2017.