Semi-final 2017 – the shortlist

Following four days of preliminary auditions (31st March to 3rd April 2017), we are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Semi-final of the 62nd Ferrier Competition taking place on 26th April 2017 at the Wigmore Hall.

Ferrier Semi-final at the Wigmore Hall

[pianists marked * are competing for the Accompanist’s Prize]

Francesca Chiejina, soprano
*Dylan Perez, piano

Katie Coventry, mezzo
*Hamish Brown, piano

Eduard Mas Bacardit, tenor
*Dylan Perez, piano

Henry Neill, baritone
*Somi Kim, piano

Alex Otterburn, baritone
*Somi Kim, piano

Carly Owen, soprano
*Frederick Brown, piano

Dominic Sedgwick, baritone
Ceri Owen, piano

Daniel Shelvey, baritone
*Dylan Perez, piano

Patrick Terry, counter-tenor
*Somi Kim, piano

Julien Van Mellaerts, baritone
*Gamal Khamis, piano

James Way, tenor
*Natalie Burch, piano

New Administrator for the competition

In December 2016, Katie Avey stepped down from the role of Administrator of the Competition after 14 years.   “It has been a been a marvellously interesting and enjoyable experience and I have loved working with such wonderful singers, both young competitors and more experienced jurors”- Katie.

The new Administrator of the Ferrier Awards is Vicky Yannoula. Vicky, a graduate of the RCM and Goldsmiths College, has many years experience in musical management and administration for educational, arts and charitable organisations.

Ferrier Competition 2017


Preliminary auditions

Friday 31st March, Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd & Monday 3rd April 2017

at The Wathen Hall, St. Paul’s School, Lonsdale Rd, London SW13 9JT 

Semi-final auditions

Wednesday 26th April 2017   at 1.30pm

at Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

Final auditions

Friday 28th April 2017 at 6.00pm

at Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

Ferrier Winners 2016

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all photos by Robert Piwko

First prize
Alessandro Fisher & James Newby 

Ferrier Loveday Song Prize
Bianca Andrew

Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s prize
Ashok Gupta

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.