My song For David, on his Birthday has been placed fourth in the English Poetry and Song Society's Diamond Jubilee Competition. The competition, which requested composers set a poem written during the Queen's reign, was judged by Sarah Leonard, Stephen Varcoe and Raymond Warren. The top four songs are being performed on Friday 12 October at 8pm at a concert at the Colston Halls, Bristol. Sarah Leonard, Stephen Varcoe and Nigel Foster will be performing songs by Elgar, Walford Davies, Bax, Bliss and Malcolm Williamson (all Masters of the Queens/Kings Musick), plus Purcell, Greene, Boyce, Coward, Novello and Madeleine Dring, alongside the winning songs, North Ship by Jolyon Lacock, Bee Dance by Janet Oates, The Fox by Brian Daubney and For David, on his Birthday by Robert Hugill.
In fact, For David, on his Birthday is the 7th in a cycle of songs, each written for my partner's birthday. The original versions of the songs, for tenor and piano, were privately recorded but are unpublished. The entry in the competition is the version for baritone and piano, which is available from the Spherical Editions website. And you can hear Simon Biazeck and Paul Webster performing the tenor version of the song on Sound Cloud.