Peterborough & South Lincs Folk Diary

The Oscar Preston Memorial Trophy

An annual competition to encourage solo traditional singing.
All welcome.
Come and enjoy hearing some of the finest local traditional singers compete for the trophy.
The evening will start and conclude with a BIG SING of chorus songs.
 
2018 details are below
 
The Competition - 2018
Monday 26th November 2018 - in the Public Bar of The White Horse public house,
4 Church Street, Baston, Peterborough, PE6 9PE - 8pm start
 
 
Solo singers are invited to compete for this trophy by the singing of a traditional folk song, or a song composed in a traditional style
- which just means suitable to be sung in an acoustic, non-amplified setting. 
Entrants who need accompaniment must play their own instrument. It must be a solo performance.
The entrant must perform a song from memory and not rely on a prompt from written or printed text.
 
The winner to be decided upon by votes cast by the other entrants.
The winner shall hold the very handsome trophy for one year.
The Competition is sponsored by ‘Traditional Music & Song at The Barn in Baston’.
Prospective entrants must indicate their choice of song to Alan or Maggie Wood,
(01778 560497 or by email, click here ) by Wednesday 31st October 2018.
 
Previous winners:
2017: Bob Fisher of Ringstead, Northants, with "The Ford of the Ise"
2016: Emily Key of Bourne, with "The Chemical Worker's Song"
2015: Jointly: Chris Sanders of Tansor, nr Oundle, with "Aldilidly", and Ian Fisher of Grantham, with "Grantham Market Place"
2014: Bob Fisher of Ringstead, Northants, with "The Egg Song"
2013: Ruth Price of Peterborough with "The Barley Queen"
2012: Brian Kell of Whittlesey with "My Grandfather's Ferret"
2011: Ruth Price of Peterborough with "The Rose of York"
 
The Voting
Only entrants to the competition will be entitled to vote.
Entrants must be present to hear all competing performances in order for their votes to be valid.
Each entrant will be able to cast a total of 5 votes.
3 votes is the maximum that you can allocated to one contestant.
Entrants will not be able to allocate any votes to themselves.
 
Further information from Alan or Maggie, as above.
 
This Competition tends to be very popular with audience as well as singers!
Come and enjoy hearing some of the finest local traditional singers compete for the trophy.
The evening will start and conclude with a BIG SING of chorus songs from the tradition.