Winners of 2022 Competition

Results of the 2022 Competition

The prize winners of the 67th Kathleen Ferrier Awards were announced at the end of the final round on Friday 22nd April 2022, after a competition which saw the semi-finalists and finalists perform live back at Wigmore Hall following two years of videoed competitions in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic.

The first prize of £12,500 was awarded to Esme Bronwen-Smith.

Mezzo-soprano Esme Bronwen-Smith is currently studying with Rosa Mannion and graduated with a Master’s from the RCM where she won both the 2020 Lieder and 2021 Lies Askonas competitions. She has sung for festivals such as Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder where she won the 2021 Leeds Lieder Young Artist/Schubert Song Prize. She has performed roles such as Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro (HGO) Unulfo, Rodelinda (RCM Opera), Sāvitri (Barnes Music Festival), The Devil, The Soldier’s Tale (RCM and CSB). Future engagements include Glyndebourne Festival Chorus 2022 and the role of Nerone in ETO’s production of Agrippina this Autumn. 

The second prize of £6,000 was awarded to Emma Roberts, who also won the Loveday Song Prize for her performance of Debussy’s Colloque sentimental.

Emma Roberts attends the RCM International Opera Studio. A Stephen Catto Memorial scholar, she is supported by the Countess of Munster Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and in 2021 was awarded the Mendelssohn Boise Scholarship. Emma studies with Brindley Sherratt and Simon Lepper. Operatic work includes: Orfeo (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice/Barefoot Opera), Zanetto (Zanetto/Barefoot Opera); Eduige (Rodelinda/RCM Opera Studio); Lola (Cavalleria rusticana/The Opera Makers), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte/RCM Opera Studio). Upcoming – Hänsel (RCM) and Minsk Woman (Dove’s Flight/RCM). Concert highlights: young artist for Iain Burnside’s Ludlow English Song Festival, mezzo solo in Alexander Nevsky (RCM symphony); Turnage dramatic song cycle Twice Through the Heart (Turnage residency); Verdi Requiem (Leith Hill Musical Festival), Bach Christmas Oratorio (Brighton Orpheus Choral Society), Messiah (Buckingham Choral Society). 

The Help Musicians Accompanist Prize was awarded to Avishka Edirisinghe.

British-Sri Lankan pianist Avishka Edirisinghe is a first-year student at the Royal College of Music doing a first study in Collaborative Piano under the tutelage of Nigel Clayton, Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles and a second study in Conducting with Howard Williams. Avishka’s studies are being generously supported by the RCM where he is a Robert Turnbull Piano Foundation Scholar and by Help Musicians, where he is the Henry Richardson Award holder.​

The jury this year was chaired by Sir Brian McMaster, former Managing Director of Welsh National Opera and then Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, each appointment lasting fifteen years. He was joined by the distinguished sopranos, Dame Josephine Barstow and Dame Anne Evans, the tenor Ben Johnson, who himself won the Ferrier competition in 2008, and the founder and artistic director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, the pianist Sholto Kynoch. We are immensely grateful to all the judges for the expertise and experience they have brought to the jury room in this competition.

All enquiries to info@ferrierawards.org.uk or 07751 069551.

Finalists for the 2022 Competition announced

The semi-final has now taken place, and the results are shown below. These are the singers and pianists who will be taking part in the final on Friday, 22nd April at 18:00 in Wigmore Hall. The order of appearance will be as shown. The pianists marked with an asterisk are competing for the Accompanist’s Prize supported by Help Musicians.

SingerVoicePianist
Elena ZamudioSoprano*Bradley Wood
Charles CunliffeBass Baritone*Francesca Orlando
Emma RobertsMezzo-SopranoLucy Colquhoun
20 Minute Interval
Charlotte BowdenSoprano*Roelof Temmingh
Joël TerrinBaritone*Cole Knutson
Esme Bronwen-SmithMezzo-Soprano*Avishka Edirisinghe

Tickets for the final are available from the Wigmore Hall Box Office. The phone number is 020 7935 2141. Tickets can also be ordered online from the Wigmore Hall website.

As a reminder, the Jurors this year are:

  • Sir Brian McMaster (Chair)
  • Dame Josephine Barstow
  • Dame Anne Evans
  • Ben Johnson
  • Sholto Kynoch

We are very grateful to them for their participation and the immense expertise and experience they will bring to the decisions they will make during the final on Friday.

Running Order for the Ferrier 2022 Semi-Final announced

The Ferrier Competition 2022 Semi-Final will take place on Wednesday, 20th April beginning at 13:30 at Wigmore Hall. The running order on that evening for the successful candidates from the preliminary rounds, together with the accompanist for each, is shown below. Pianists marked with an asterisk (*) are candidates for the Help Musicians Accompanists’ Prize.

SingerVoicePianist
Holly TeagueSoprano*Alessio Enea
Hannah BennettMezzo-Soprano*Richard Gowers
Charles CunliffeBass Baritone*Francesca Orlando
Emma RobertsMezzo-SopranoLucy Colquhoun
Emily Christina-LoftusSoprano*George Ireland
20 Minute Interval
Joel TerrinBaritone*Cole Knutson
Esme Bronwen-SmithMezzo-Soprano*Avishka Edirisinghe
Elena ZamudioSoprano*Bradley Wood
Alaric GreenBaritoneEmelia Noack-Wilkinson
Charlotte BowdenSoprano*Roelof Temmingh

The final will then be on Friday, 22nd April, beginning at 18:00, also at Wigmore Hall.

Tickets for the semi-final and the final are available from the Wigmore Hall Box Office. The phone number is 020 7935 2141. Tickets can also be ordered online from the Wigmore Hall website.

Competition 2022 Preliminary Rounds: Results

The preliminary rounds of the 2022 Competition are now complete. Here is the list of those who are going forward to the semi-final on Wednesday, 20th April beginning at 13:30 at Wigmore Hall:

  • Esme Bronwen-Smith – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Joël Terrin – Baritone
  • Charlotte Bowden – Soprano
  • Emma Roberts – Mezzo-soprano
  • Emily Christina Loftus – Soprano
  • Holly Teague – Soprano
  • Charles Cunliffe – Bass-Baritone
  • Hannah Bennett – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Alaric Green – Baritone

The final will then be on Friday, 22nd April, beginning at 18:00, also at Wigmore Hall.

Tickets for the semi-final and the final are available from the Wigmore Hall Box Office. The phone number is 020 7935 2141. Tickets can also be ordered online from the Wigmore Hall website.

2022 Competition: Applications Closed

The date by which applications to the 2022 Competition had to be received is now past. No new applications can be accepted. The Administrator will be in touch with all those who have applied prior to the deadline.

The 2022 Competition will start with preliminary auditions held on 7, 9, 10, 11 and 13 March 2022 at Henry Wood Hall, London SE1 4HU, followed by the Semi-final on the 20 April 2022 and the Final on the 22 April 2022, with both these events taking place before a public audience at Wigmore Hall, London W1U 2BP. In early February 2022 tickets will be on sale directly from the Wigmore Hall Box Office.