Recommencement of 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards

We are very happy to announce the continuation of the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards following the suspension of the Competition in March. The outstanding preliminary auditions are scheduled to take place at Henry Wood Hall, Trinity Church Square, Southwark, London SE1 4HU on Thursday 12 November and Friday 13 November followed by the semi-final on the afternoon of Friday 20 November with the final on the evening of Sunday 22 November at times to be confirmed, again at Henry Wood Hall. Sadly none of these can be open to the public but the possibility of streaming the semi-final and final is being investigated. More details will be provided in due course.

For further information please contact Amanda Arnold on or ring 07751 069551.​

2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards

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.

Preliminary Auditions will be taking place starting Monday 16th March 2020

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

We wish all participants every success in the Competition and look forward to hearing them next week.

Jurors for the 2020 Competition

UPDATED 15 March 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Jurors for the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards are:

Valerie Beale (Chairman)
Ryland Davies
Christopher Glynn
Rosalind Plowright OBE
David Syrus.

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.




We are delighted to announce the results of the 2019 Kathleen Ferrier Competition
which was held at Wigmore Hall on 26 April 2019.

First Prize
Benson Wilson – Baritone

Second Prize
Theodore Platt – Baritone

Ferrier Loveday Song Prize
Ema Nikolovska – Mezzo-Soprano

Help Musician’s UK Accompanist’s Prize
William Green and Ella O’Neill