Following Wigmore Hall’s closure until 31 July, the semi-finals and finals for the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards scheduled to take place at Wigmore Hall on 21 and 24 April 2020 have been cancelled. We hope to re-schedule these dates in the late autumn. New dates will be posted on our website when we have them.
Any queries about tickets you may have purchased should be addressed to the box office at Wigmore Hall who are offering a credit note to the purchaser’s account or a refund.
The preliminary auditions for the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards will take place in the week commencing Monday 16th March.
We continue to monitor the situation in relation to the spread of the coronavirus and Covid-19. We are guided by the advice given by the relevant authorities and in particular the Government and Public Health England. The advice currently given does not suggest that events need be cancelled or, specifically, that small-scale events such as ours should cease and, as such, we are continuing with the Preliminary Auditions as planned. Should there be any changes to this situation or policy then our website and social media platforms will be updated and participants contacted.
If however any participant is feeling unwell with the symptoms of coronavirus, or has been in close contact with someone who has those symptoms, they are asked not to attend the auditions. Further details about symptoms can be found on https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance.
We wish all participants every success in the Competition and look forward to hearing them next week.
UPDATED 15 March 2020
We are delighted to announce that the Jurors for the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards are:
Valerie Beale (Chairman)
Rosalind Plowright OBE
Jurors will hear the performers during all three rounds of the Competition. The preliminaries take place in the week starting 16 March with an announcement about the semi-finalists due the following week.
The Semi-final takes place at Wigmore Hall, Tuesday 21 April starting at 1.30pm and the Final at the same venue on Friday 24 April, starting at 6pm. Tickets are available direct from Wigmore Hall: please click on the links for the Semi-Final and for the Final.
Applications are now invited for the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
The Competition is open to singers of any nationality who, on or before 3 February 2020, have completed at least one year of a continuous higher education course in music at a recognised conservatoire or music school in the UK or Eire or who have completed the equivalent year of continuous study in the UK or Eire with a recognised vocal coach; they must also be currently resident in the UK or Eire. All singers must be 28 or under on 24 April 2020.
As well as a first prize of £12,500 and a second prize of £6,000, there is the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize of £5,000 and Help Musicians UK Accompanists Prize of £5,000.
The 2020 Competition will start with preliminary auditions held between 16 to 23 March at the Henry Wood Hall, London SE1 4HU, followed by the Semi-final on the 21 April and Final on the 24 April, with both these events taking place before a public audience at Wigmore Hall, London W1U 2BP. In early February 2020 tickets will be on sale directly from the Wigmore Hall Box Office.
The deadline for applications for the 2020 competition is 3 February 2020 for singers and 2 March 2020 accompanists.
For full details of eligibility, repertoire requirements and application forms please see https://ferrierawards.org.uk/competition-entry/.
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Dated 1 November 2019
We are delighted to announce the results of the 2019 Kathleen Ferrier Competition
which was held at Wigmore Hall on 26 April 2019.
Benson Wilson – Baritone
Theodore Platt – Baritone
Ferrier Loveday Song Prize
Ema Nikolovska – Mezzo-Soprano
Help Musician’s UK Accompanist’s Prize
William Green and Ella O’Neill