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.

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.

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.

Winners of the 2021 Competition

The prize winners of the 66th Kathleen Ferrier Awards were announced at the end of the final round on Sunday 14th November 2021, after a competition which saw the semi-finalists and finalists perform at Southwark’s Grade II listed Henry Wood Hall.

This year, British countertenor Hugh Cutting won the first prize of £12,500, the first countertenor ever to win first prize in the 66 years in which the Ferrier has been running. Hugh is a member of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio and a Vocal Masters graduate of the Royal College of Music. He has recorded with The King’s Consort and Robert King, and with Iestyn Davies and Fretwork for Signum Classics.

Latvian soprano Laura Peresivana won the second prize of £6,000. Laura, who currently studies at the National Opera Studio, began her operatic career at the Latvian National Opera. Previously, Laura won the 54th Tenor Vinas International Singing Contest Extraordinary prize.

The Ferrier Loveday Song Prize of £5,000 went to British mezzo Helen Charlston. Helen won first prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition and was a finalist in the Hurn Court Opera Competition, and the Grange Festival International Singing Competition. In 2021, she joined the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.

Lastly, the Accompanist’s Prize – funded by Help Musicians – went to Israeli pianist Ilan Kurtser, who will receive £5,000. Ilan is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music and is a Leeds Lieder Young Artist and a member of the prestigious Academy Song Circle.

The jury for the Awards was chaired by Sir Thomas Allen, star for 50 years of the major opera houses of the world and a Trustee of the Ferrier since 1994. He was joined by mezzo Alice Coote, a leading artist of our time; soprano Valerie Masterson whose career spanned Monteverdi to Henze; Ian Partridge, the distinguished tenor recitalist; and James Baillieu, leading song and chamber music accompanist.

Ferrier Chairman, Valerie Beale, said: ‘All the singers who entered the 2021 Kathleen Ferrier Awards have persevered through an extraordinarily difficult 18 months and after a strong competition we are delighted that Hugh Cutting is joining the distinguished and exclusive club of Kathleen Ferrier winners. We look forward to seeing where this journey takes him.’

The Awards, hosted by BBC Radio 3 Presenter, Martin Handley, will be streamed online for free via the Kathleen Ferrier Awards website. The semi-final will be shown in four parts, available successively on Monday 29th November, Tuesday 30th November, Wednesday 1st December and Thursday 2nd December, each at 7.30pm. The final will be in two parts, respectively available to watch from Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December, each also at 7.30pm.

The streams will then remain on the Kathleen Ferrier Awards website for one month to enable repeated viewing.

Results from the 2021 Semi-Finals

We are thrilled to announce that, following the successful completion of the semi-final auditions of the 2021 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the performers listed below have been selected to take part in the final. All these performances, together with those who auditioned in the semi-final, will be 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 finals will take place at Henry Wood Hall on Sunday 14th November 2021


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

Michael Lafferty – Baritone

*Ashley Beauchamp – Accompanist

Hugh Cutting – Counter Tenor

*George Ireland – Accompanist

Helen Charlston – Mezzo-soprano

*Natalie Burch – Accompanist

James Atkinson – Baritone

*Ana Manastireanu – Accompanist

Edward Jowle – Bass Baritone

Lucy Colquhoun – Accompanist

Laura Persivana – Soprano

*Joseph Beesley – Accompanist

Jack Lee – Baritone

Chad Vindin – Accompanist