all photos by Robert Piwko
Alessandro Fisher & James Newby
Ferrier Loveday Song Prize
Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s prize
At an outstandingly exciting finale to the Ferrier Competition at Wigmore Hall last night, the 1st prize was awarded to joint winners, only the 2nd time this has happened in the 61-year history of the awards. Joint First Prizes were awarded to tenor Alessandro Fisher and baritone James Newby.
27 year old Alessandro, a modern & mediaeval languages graduate from Cambridge, studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is currently singing with Glyndebourne Festival Opera. His finals programme included operatic arias by Lalo and Flotow as well as works by Rachmaninov, Michael Head and Schubert, ending with two songs by Reynaldo Hahn.
23 year old James, the youngest competitor to reach the finals rounds, is in his last year of study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. He offered a programme of arias by Mozart and Britten, and songs by Schubert, Saint-Saens and Butterworth.
No second prize was therefore awarded. The Ferrier Loveday Song Prize was given to soprano 26 year old mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew from New Zealand, for her rendition of songs by Alvén and Wolf in her semi-final programme.
From an outstandingly strong field of pianists, Ashok Gupta won the Help Musicians UK Accompanists Prize.He studied at Clare College, Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before going to Birmingham Conservatoire.