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.

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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.

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.

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.

Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2021

We are thrilled to announce that following the successful completion of the preliminary auditions of the 2021 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the performers listed below have been selected to take part in the semi-final. All these performances, together with those who are selected for the final, will be recorded and available to view on-line on the following dates:

Semi-Final 1: 19:30 – 29 November 2021 

Semi-Final 2: 19:30 – 30 November 2021 

Semi-Final 3: 19:30 – 1 December 2021

Semi-Final 4: 19:30 – 2 December 2021 

Final 1: 19:30 – 4 December 2021 

Final 2: 19:30 – 5 December 2021

The semi-finals and finals will take place at Henry Wood Hall on Friday 12th and Sunday 14th November 2021.

* below denotes pianist competing for the Help Musician’s Accompanist’s Prize.

1     Jack Lee – Baritone

Accompanist – Chad Vindin

2     Sophie Sparrow – Soprano

Accompanist – Harry Rylance*

3     Hugh Cutting – Counter-tenor

Accompanist – George Ireland*

4     Helen Charlston – Mezzo

Accompanist – Natalie Burch*

5     James Atkinson – Baritone

Accompanist – Ana Manastireanu*

6     Magnus Walker – Tenor

Accompanist – Enuji Han

7     Laura Peresivana – Soprano

Accompanist – Joseph Beesley*

8     Edward Jowle – Bass Baritone

Accompanist – Lucy Colquhoun

9     Cassandra Wright – Soprano

Accompanist – Ilan Kurtser*

10    Michael Lafferty – Baritone

Accompanist – Ashley Beauchamp*

2020 Kathleen Ferrier Award Winners

Some ten months after applications were received, the 65th Kathleen Ferrier Awards Competition has concluded and the winners were announced at the end of the Competition’s Final, streamed earlier from Southwark’s Henry Wood Hall.

This year Jessica Cale won the first prize of £12,500. Jessica, from Pembrokeshire, studied at the Royal College of Music, having already worked extensively with The Sixteen and the Monteverdi Choir.  She has appeared with the Gabrieli Consort, at Ryedale Festival Opera and was a finalist in the 2020 London Handel Festival Singing Competition

Ella Taylor won the second prize of £6,000. Ella was born in Sheffield, where their father was Director of Music at the cathedral. Ella was a chorister from the age ten and went on to the Royal Academy where they graduated with distinction. They were  then a Young Artist in the 2019/20 season at the National Opera Studio. Ella has a passion for contemporary music and works by women and gender non-conforming artists.

The Ferrier Loveday Song Prize of £5,000 was awarded to Milly Forrest, from West London. Milly studied for her Masters degree at the Royal College of Music having graduated from the Royal Academy where she was also a Junior. She won the Emmy Destinn Czech competition in 2019, was a finalist in the 2020 ROSL competition and will make her solo debut at Wigmore Hall in February 2021.

Finally, the Accompanist’s Prize – funded by Help Musicians – went to Hamish Brown who will receive £5,000. No stranger to winning prizes, London based Hamish Brown won the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Prize Winner in the 2019 Wigmore International Song Competition and the Pianist’s Prize at the Mozart Singing Competition. He is a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist.

The awards were judged by eminent mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright, Welsh tenor Ryland Davies, Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist Christopher Glynn and jury chair Valerie Beale who has chaired the Ferrier since 2013.

Jury Chair, Valerie Beale, said: ‘Winning the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier is a great start to Jessica’s career.  In this year when so many musicians have been silenced we felt it important to give young singers a chance to show what they can do and we are happy that Jessica and the other singers in the finals took that chance.  Jessica takes her place amongst the other Ferrier winners whose careers have been boosted by winning the competition’.

Viewers can still watch the free-to-view awards – which were presented by BBC Radio 3 Presenter Martin Handleyon the competition’s website, and can do so until 31 January 2021.