If the Aeolian Song Writing Contest was a love letter to London, it was sealed with a kiss this Thursday with the live announcement of the winners on the Aeolian Hall Stage.
Tara Dunphy was awarded the Grand Prize, receiving a cash award of $2000, Dunphy will also participate in a professional recording of her song “East of Adelaide” at Aeolian’s Studios, recently installed with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation,, a multitrack recording to be presented as part of the Aeolian Phoenix Sessions as well as marketing support and professional consultation related to branding and career development. Cash prizes, recording and marketing opportunities were also awarded to Matt Martin’s for his piece “Maple and Pine” which was awarded second prize and Stephen Ingram’s “When I Get Back to London,” which placed third. Ingram had two songs on the judges top five. All three songs are available to hear on Aeolian’s webpage as well as on social media.
With the support of sponsors McFarlan-Rowlands Insurance and D&S Pianos, each song was reviewed by judges Valdy, Andrea Waase, and Tony Dekker of the Great Lake Swimmers.
When the contest was created by Aeolian Executive & Artistic Director Clark Bryan, he had a vision to celebrate London’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music while cultivating London talent and providing tangible opportunities for London singer-songwriters.
“London should be proud to know that we had 162 submissions to the Aeolian’s first Annual Song writing Competition! The judges had a really challenging job with so many high quality submissions! With themes of home, love and London, the contest has cultivated a beautiful and rich repository of songs that I’m sure will make us proud to live in this UNESCO City of Music! We are thrilled to support our winners and help their careers. We are excited to share their craft and celebrate their creativity.”
-Clark Bryan, Executive & Artistic Director, Aeolian Hall
Supporting music and the arts are core to the Aeolian’s mission and to Mr. Bryan’s heart. Understanding that there is always work to be done and extraordinary talent to be discovered, Bryan already plans for two more contests to launch in 2022: another local song writing search as well as a national competition. Details of both will be released soon, as well as entry requirements and contest themes.