Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2019 is now CLOSED

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The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge for 2019 is now CLOSED.

Thank you to everyone who has entered this year’s Challenge. The judges will listen to every entry and rate them each for melody, lyrics, composition and originality. When all the scores are collated the top ten placed songwriters will be invited to perform their entries at the Showcase Final at LEAF on Bold Street on Saturday 18th January 2020.

Participants will be informed by 1st December.

Good luck!

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Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2019 launches 7th September

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Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge announces 7th September launch event

The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge launches on the afternoon of Saturday 7th September 2019 during the Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon at 81 Renshaw.

The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge is a truly unique event where songwriters are challenged to write a new, original song inspired by a work of art.

Now in its ninth year the Songwriting Challenge welcomes back judges Stephen LangstaffJon Lawton (Crosstown Studios), Kaya Herstad Carney (Threshold, Parr Street Music School), Luke Moore and Robert Vincent.

To enter the Challenge a songwriter must visit the Liverpool City Region (Merseyside and Halton) during the entry period of 7th September to 6th October and choose a piece of art that inspires them to write a new song. The songwriter or songwriters (collaborations are allowed) can choose any work of art on public display in the Liverpool City Region during the entry period, whether a painting, mural, statue, sculpture, stained glass window, pavement art, or anything else generally accepted as ‘art’.

Songwriters have one month from the launch date to write the song and submit it as a recording along with a copy of the lyrics and a photo of the art. The judges will listen to the art-inspired songs and mark each one for lyrics, melody, composition and originality. The top ten songs will be announce at the end of November and will be performed at the Showcase Final in January 2020 at Leaf on Bold St where the Judges’ Award winner will be announced. The audience at Leaf will be able to vote for which song wins the Audience Favourite award.

The winning songwriters in the two categories – Judges Award and Audience Favourite – receive the following prizes:-

  • Song professionally recorded by judge Jon Lawton at Liverpool’s Crosstown Studios.
  • Professional photoshoot at Crosstown Studios‘ brand new photography studio.
  • A two hour vocal or songwriting lesson, from judge Kaya Herstand Carney at Parr Street Music School.
  • A cello lesson or a cello part on the song recording, from Operation Lightfoot’s Luke Moore.

Jon Lawton, owner of Crosstown Studios and judge, says:-

The Songwriting Challenge is a great experience to be involved in. The competition really helps to showcase some of Liverpool’s best underground musical talents and I can’t wait to see who we end up working with this year!”

The writers of the winning songs in both categories will also receive two hours of vocal coaching or songwriting support at Parr Street Music School from musician, singer, singing teacher and co-organiser of Threshold Festival Kaya Herstad Carney. Kaya says:-

It’s always exciting to hear what the songwriters come up with. It inspires me as an artist and it often helps me find new gems for Threshold.

Liverpool Acoustic’s Graham Holland says:-

The songwriters entering the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge never cease to amaze me with their new songs inspired by the wealth of art on display in the region. The judges Stephen Langstaff, Kaya Herstad Carney, Jon Lawton, Robert Vincent and Luke Moore really do have their work cut out to rate them all and pick a winner. I don’t envy them in the slightest!

Judge and Patron of the Songwriting Challenge, local singer-songwriter Stephen Langstaff says:

“The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge is a great idea. I’ve watched it inspire newly emerging songwriters in our city into create some great and interesting songs. And mixing visual arts with music is always good fun too.”

The Songwriting Challenge is open to anyone of any age living in the UK. However, entrants must have visited the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley, and Halton) between 7th September and the closing date of 6th October.

The rules and conditions of entry are available on the Songwriting Challenge website.

challenge.liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge is free to enter, and there is no charge for entry to 81 Renshaw on Saturday 7th September for the popular Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon. Songwriters don’t have to attend the launch event to be able to enter.

Entry to the Showcase Final in January 2020 will be by ticket, available in advance from 7th December. All profits raised will be split between Marie Curie Cancer Care and Garston Animal Rescue in memory of Liverpool Acoustic team member Sharon Jones who died in May 2011.

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Paul Iwan wins 24 Hour Songwriting Challenge at Threshold 2019

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Singer-songwriter Paul Iwan has won the Liverpool Acoustic 24 Hour Songwriting Challenge held at Threshold Festival on Saturday 30th March 2019.

16 songwriters from across the region took less than 24 hours to write a brand new song inspired by the theme ‘Returning’. The entrants performed their new songs at 24 Kitchen Street in front of judges Rachael Jean Harris, Jamie Brewster and Nicola Hardman.

Each song was judged on its lyrics, melody, composition and originality with Paul’s song receiving the highest combined score from the three judges. Ahmed Kwaja took second place and Pete Arrowsmith was third.

Liverpool Acoustic’s Derek King who hosted the Showcase Final said “Congratulations to Paul on winning this year’s 24 Hour Songwriting Challenge and well done to all the other songwriters who rose to the challenge of writing a brand new song within 24 hours. The musical talent out there in Merseyside never ceases to amaze me and I’m already looking forward to doing it all over again at next year’s Threshold Festival.”

Watch a video of the winning song here.

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Watch the Liverpool Acoustic 24 Hour Songwriting Challenge Showcase Final at Threshold this Saturday

The Showcase Final for the Liverpool Acoustic 24 Hour Songwriting Challenge takes place on Saturday 30th March 2019 as part of Threshold Festival.

17 songwriters managed to beat the 24 hour timer to write a brand new song inspired by the theme ‘RETURNING’.

They’ll be performing their songs from 1pm to 4pm at 24 Kitchen Street and entry is free.

This year the songs will be judged by Rachael Jean HarrisJamie Brewster, and Nicola Hardman who’ll be giving each one a score based on lyrics, melody, composition and originality. After everyone has performed the points will be totalled and the winner will be invited to play their song again.

The afternoon is hosted by Liverpool Acoustic’s Dr Derek King.

This event is free to enter, so why not come along and lend your support!

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24 Hour Songwriting Challenge 2019 is now CLOSED!

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The 24 Hour Songwriting Challenge 2019 is now CLOSED

The theme

Since the 24 Hour Songwriting Challenge is returning for the second year the theme we’ve chosen is RETURNING. We’re sure you’ll agree it opens up so many different songwriting possibilities and we can’t wait to see what all you talented songwriters out there come up with. It’s totally up to you how you interpret it – just remember songs that make it to the Showcase Event will be judged on lyrics, melody, composition and originality.


24 hour countdown

Race against the clock

Songwriters have between 7pm on Tuesday 26th March to 7pm on Wednesday 27th March when the 24 hour countdown timer runs out.


Only 20 places guaranteed

Not only will songwriters be battling against the clock to write their song in time, they’ll also be racing against other songwriters to claim one of only 20 guaranteed places available at the Showcase Event which starts at 1pm on Saturday 30th March at 24 Kitchen Street. Those wishing to claim a place will need to upload a document containing the lyrics for their finished song in order to register.


The rules

Before you consider entering, please read the rules!


Register here

You’ve read the rules? Great!

You’ve written a song inspired by the theme? Fantastic!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Remember to have a document with your lyrics ready to upload.


Running order

To see who has already entered and whether you’ve managed to claim a guaranteed slot click here to view the RUNNING ORDER


OK, that’s it. It’s over to you now. Good luck and… er… what are you waiting for? GO!

24 Hour Songwriting Challenge opens 26th March ahead of Threshold 2019

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Are you a songwriter?

Can you write a new song based on a theme?

Can you write that song within 24 hours?

If the answer to all these questions is ‘yes’ then the Liverpool Acoustic 24 Hour Songwriting Challenge is made for you!

After a successful launch in 2018, Liverpool Acoustic is once again teaming up with Threshold Festival to introduce a unique challenge to the region’s songwriters.

A theme will be unveiled at 7.00pm on Tuesday 26th March on the Songwriting Challenge website and across social media channels. Songwriters will then have 24 hours to write a new song that fits the theme.

The first 20 songwriters to complete their song and register it will be invited to perform it at the Showcase Event on Saturday 30th March at 24 Kitchen Street as part of Threshold Festival.

The Showcase Event runs from 1pm to 4pm and is free entry.

Entries to the 24 Hour Songwriting Challenge are limited, and performance places at the Showcase Event will be allocated in the order registered.

One theme.

One new song.

24 hours.


Ready? Go!

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Rachael Jean Harris wins the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2018

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Rachael Jean Harris wins Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2018

Rachael Jean Harris has won the Judges’ Award for the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2018 with her song Pegasus. The news was announced at the end of the Showcase Final which took place at Leaf on Bold St on Saturday 12th January 2019.

The winner of the Audience Favourite Award was Alison Benson with her song The Crystal Ball.

The winners in the two categories will have their songs professionally recorded by judge Jon Lawton at Crosstown Studios. The winners also qualify for a free vocal coaching or songwriting session courtesy of judge Kaya Herstad Carney at Balance Vocal Studio, plus a free cello lesson or recording session from Operation Lightfoot’s Luke Moore.

The £400 raised on the night will be split between Garston Animal Rescue and Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of Sharon Jones.


 

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JUDGES’ AWARD
1st Place: Rachael Jean Harris – Pegasus
2nd Place: Lydiah – Siren Call
3rd Place: Ed Jones – Those Lonely Tears

Listen to Rachael’s winning song on SoundCloud


 

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AUDIENCE FAVOURITE
1st Place: Alison Benson – The Crystal Ball
2nd Place: Lydiah – Siren Call
3rd Place: Rachael Jean Harris – Pegasus

Listen to Alison’s song on SoundCloud


All of the finalists’ songs are available to listen to here.
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Finalists announced for the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2018

Finalists announced for Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2018

Ten talented local songwriters have won a place at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2018 Showcase Final taking place on Saturday 12th January 2019 at LEAF on Bold St.

Songwriters submitted brand new songs inspired by works of art on display across the Liverpool City Region during the October entry period. Judges Stephen Langstaff, Kaya Herstad Carney, Robert Vincent, Jon Lawton and Luke Moore listened to all of the entries and gave each one a score based on lyrics, melody, composition and originality. The points from the judges were added together and the songwriters with the ten highest scores were awarded a place at the Showcase Final.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):-

  • Alison Benson – The Crystal Ball
  • Chris Callander – In My Arms
  • Ed Jones – Those Lonely Tears
  • Guy Called Greg – Morning Light
  • Iain Paterson – All At Sea
  • John Jenkins – What We Did (We Did For Love)
  • Lydiah – Siren Call
  • Rachael Jean Harris – Pegasus
  • Stuart Todd – After Dark
  • Visions of Albion – The Advice of Mrs Mounter
In addition, there will be a special performance on the night from Operation Lightfoot, coordinated by judge Luke Moore.

Each of the ten finalists will perform their song at the Showcase Final with an image of the work of art that inspired it projected onto the big screen for everyone to see. At the end of the night the winner of the Judges’ Award will be announced and a vote will be taken to find the Audience Favourite winner (see Notes below).

All ten songs are available to listen to on the Songwriting Challenge SoundCloud page where you can also see the work of art that inspired them and read the lyrics.

soundcloud.com/songwritingchallenge/sets/showcase-final-2018

The winning songwriters in each category receive the following prizes

  • Song professionally recorded by Jon Lawton at Crosstown Studios
  • Songwriting or singing lesson from Kaya Herstad Carney at Balance Vocal Studio
  • Cello lesson or cello arrangement for song recording from Luke Moore
  • Opening slot at Liverpool Acoustic Live’s 10th anniversary show (1st February 2019)
  • Booking at Threshold Festival 2019 (Judges’ Award Winner)

Entry to the Showcase Final is £6 in advance. All profits will be divided between Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Woolton Centre and Garston Animal Rescue in memory of Liverpool Acoustic team member Sharon Jones.

Tickets are available from 9.00am on Friday 7th December from TicketQuarter

Notes:-

  • 8.00pm prompt start with the doors open from 7.30pm.
  • No under 18s are allowed in the venue after 10pm
  • Voting on the night for the Audience Favourite Award can only be done via a web browser or using the Mentimeter app

For further information about the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge visit the website challenge.liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

Songwriting Challenge 2018 now CLOSED

The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2018 is now CLOSED.

At the end of November we’ll be announcing the top ten songs to make it through to the Showcase Final in January.

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Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2018 launches 1st September

Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge announces new judge ahead of 1st September launch event

The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge launches on the afternoon of Saturday 1st September 2018 during the Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon at 81 Renshaw.

The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge is a truly unique event where songwriters are challenged to write a new, original song inspired by a work of art.

Returning for its eight year the Songwriting Challenge sees composer, musician and Operation Lightfoot musical director Luke Moore joining the judging panel alongside returning judges Stephen Langstaff, Jon Lawton (Crosstown Studios), Kaya Herstad Carney (Threshold, Balance Vocal Studio), and Robert Vincent.

To enter the Challenge a songwriter must visit the Liverpool City Region (Merseyside and Halton) during the entry period of 1st to 30th September and choose a piece of art that inspires them to write a new song. The songwriter or songwriters – collaborations are allowed – can choose any work of art on public display in the Liverpool City Region during the entry period, whether a painting, mural, statue, sculpture, stained glass window, pavement art, or anything else generally accepted as ‘art’.

Songwriters have one month from the launch date to write the song and submit it as a recording along with a copy of the lyrics and a photo of the art. The judges will listen to the art-inspired songs and mark each one for lyrics, melody, composition and originality. The top ten songs will be announce at the end of November and will be performed at the Showcase Final on the evening of Saturday 12th January 2018 at Leaf on Bold St where the Judges’ Award winner will be announced. The audience at Leaf will be able to vote for which song wins the Audience Favourite award.

The winning songwriters in the two categories – Judges Award and Audience Favourite – receive the following prizes:-

  • Song professionally recorded by judge Jon Lawton at Liverpool’s Crosstown Studios.
  • Professional photoshoot at Crosstown Studios‘ brand new photography studio.
  • A two hour vocal or songwriting lesson, from judge Kaya Herstand Carney at Balance Vocal Studio.
  • A cello lesson or a cello part on the song recording, from Operation Lightfoot’s Luke Moore.
  • The two winners receive a slot at Liverpool Acoustic Live’s 10th anniversary show on 1st February 2018.

Jon Lawton, owner of Crosstown Studios and judge, says:-

The Songwriting Challenge is a great experience to be involved in. The competition really helps to showcase some of Liverpool’s best underground musical talents and I can’t wait to see who we end up working with this year!”

The writers of the winning songs in both categories will also receive two hours of vocal coaching or songwriting support at Balance Vocal Studio from returning judge Kaya Herstad Carney. Pathway Leader and lecturer at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Kaya is also a musician, singer, and co-organiser of Threshold Festival. Kaya says:-

It’s always exciting to hear what the songwriters come up with. It inspires me as an artist and it often helps me find new gems for Threshold.

Liverpool Acoustic’s Graham Holland says:-

I’m delighted to welcome Luke Moore as a new judge for 2018.  Operation Lightfoot performs each year at the Showcase Final, so the addition of its musical director to the judging panel was a natural fit. Luke joins returning judges Stephen Langstaff, Kaya Herstad Carney, Jon Lawton, and Robert Vincent to complete this year’s panel.

Judge and Patron of the Songwriting Challenge, local singer-songwriter Stephen Langstaff says:

“The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge is a great idea. I’ve watched it inspire newly emerging songwriters in our city into create some great and interesting songs. And mixing visual arts with music is always good fun too.”

The Songwriting Challenge is open to anyone of any age living in the UK. However, entrants must have visited the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley, and Halton) between 1st September 2018 and the closing date of 30th September.

The rules and conditions of entry are available on the Songwriting Challenge website.

challenge.liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge is free to enter, and there is no charge for entry to 81 Renshaw on Saturday 1st September for the popular Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon. Songwriters don’t have to attend the launch event to be able to enter.

Entry to the Showcase Final on Friday 12th January will be by ticket, available in advance from 1st December. All profits raised will be split between Marie Curie Cancer Care and Garston Animal Rescue in memory of Liverpool Acoustic team member Sharon Jones who died in May 2011.

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