The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2017

The AESS Senior Prize Final, The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2017
took place at the London College of Music on Wednesday, May 31st.

This was the first time that the competition was held at thhe LCM and the AESS is grateful to the Director and Staff for their generosity and support in loaning the use of their facilities.

Chairman, Sarah Leonard, welcomed the audience and introduced the evening.

Ten singers and pianists performed five twenty minute themed recitals of their choosing, using poetry, prose and English song which the enthusiastic members of the audience greatly enjoyed.

The judges, Samuel Evans, Nigel Foster, Stephen Varcoe and Jonathan Courage were impressed by the variety and strength of the performances and awarded the prizes accordingly:

1st Prize of £2,000 Becca Marriott – Soprano

2nd Prize of £1,000 Katy Thomson – Soprano

3rd Prize of £1,000 Corinne Cowling – Soprano

The Accompanist’s Prize of £1,000 John Cuthbert – Piano

Dame Patricia Routledge spoke about her own experience as a young singer learning to enunciate clearly under the tutelage of a demanding singing teacher. She acknowledged her admiration of the dedication of all of the performers as they strove to fulfil the remit of the competition.

Former winner, Samuel Evans, spoke about the judging criteria. Communication was the watchword for the judges among other considerations.

Sarah Leonard presented the awards.

The AESS is extremely grateful to Dame Patricia Routledge for her long association with and generous sponsorship of the Senior Prize.

Acknowledgements:
The Director and Staff of the London School of Music, including Ivor Flint. Esther Sheridan, Alice Auer
The Judges of the preliminary round: Barbara Alden, Nicola Margarita Harrison, Brian Parsons
Colin Drage – Treasurer
Stephen Miles – Co-ordinator

The AESS hopes that all the singers and pianists found the competition to be a valuable experience in developing their artistic and performance technique.

The AESS thanks them for helping with its core aim ‘to encourage the communication of English words, in singing and speech, with clarity, understanding and imagination’.

The perforrmers and judges

 

Plus Dame Patricia Routledge


Judge and former winner, Samuel Evans explains the judging criteria

The prize winners: Corinne Cowling (3rd), Becca Marriott (1st), Dame Patricia Routledge, Katy Thomson (2nd), John Cuthbert (Pianist’s prize)

The programme. Click on the links below:

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AESS Fell Prize for Musical Theatre Competition 2017

The AESS Fell Prize for Musical Theatre 2017 took place at the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Sunday, May 14th.

Ten finalists were scheduled to perform themed eight minute programmes of their own devising which had to include speech and song.

The distinguished judges were the musical theatre singer/actress Ria Jones and stage director Dominic Shaw.

They expressed their appreciation of all the performances, mentioning details of some of the performances which had particularly impressed them.

They laid great emphasis on the need for the clear expression of text in both song and speech.

Their joint decision was to award the prize of £1,000 to Jessica Aubrey of the Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Post Graduate Course.

Jessica had performed So long by Che Walker, Stone cold by Demi Lovato and With him by Joey Contreras. The judges asked her to reprise her performance by way of an encore.

Members of the Toni V Fell Trust were on hand to present the cheque to Jessica and the AESS is proud of the continued association with the Fell Trust for this competition.

The AESS is grateful to the judges and also to the pianist Tamara Saringer who accompanied all the performers.

Thanks also to the co-ordinators, Jean Hornbuckle and Jane Roberson for the smooth running of the competition.
Dominic Shaw, Jessica Aubrey, Ria Jones


Judges and entrants

The enthusiastic audience

AGM & Dinner 2017

The AESS AGM and Annual Dinner took place on Sunday, April 30th at the Royal Over-Seas League

Around thirty attended the AGM and fifty dined after a wonderful concert by the Hilliard Ensemble, aided and abetted by Chairman, Sarah Leonard.

James Bowman CBE was the guest speaker and talked about his career, his recent judging of the Kathleen Ferrier Competition and his thoughts on the clear articulation of the English language in song and opera and his experience of the difficulty in achieving this, especially in new music.

The Hilliard Ensemble in full throttle


The Silver Swan with Sarah Leonard


Sarah Leonard introduces James Bowman


James Bowman toasts the AESS, whose work is ‘needed now more than ever!’


Thanks to Anthony Dawson who arranged the evening

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AESS Timothy West & Prunella Scales Speech Prize for Actors Final

THE TIMOTHY WEST & PRUNELLA SCALES SPEECH PRIZE FOR ACTORS INAUGURAL COMPETITION 2017
1st Prize £750 2nd Prize £500 3rd Prize £250

Saturday 29th April at 2.00pm

Central Bankside Campus

4 – 8 Emerson Street London SE1 9DU

Panel of Judges:

Timothy West Jonathan Courage Rosamund Shelley

Programme

The actors were representing the following colleges; Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the London Drama Studio, Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Course, East15, Guildford School of Acting and the London College of Music BA Acting Course.

In summing up after their deliberations, the judges mentioned the importance of the actors’ connection and identification with the material being performed and the need for clarity in the delivery. It was agreed the standard was very high and the judges decided to award the prizes in the following order.

Jamie Sandersfield First Prize

Ella Hunter-Clark Second Prize

Holly Durkin Third Prize

The Association of English Singers & Speakers is most grateful to The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for allowing use of the Emerson building.

On behalf of the Association I would like to thank the adjudicators and those that judged the preliminaries:

Marilyn Cutts, Martin Parr, Jonathan Courage.

A big thank you goes to Stephen Varcoe, the competition administrator.

Lastly, I am enormously grateful to our sponsors, Timothy West and Prunella Scales for donating the 1st prize.

Sarah Leonard – Chairman

Speech Programme 2017
The audience listens attentively

Timothy West, Rosamund Shelley,Jamie Sandersfield, Holly Durkin, Ella Hunter-Clark, Jonathan Courage

The finalists and judges

Courtney Kenny Award Final Result 2017

The final of the Courtney Kenny Award 2017 took place at Tonbridge School on Sunday, March 12th and the expectant audience was treated to some fine performances from the five finalists.

We are grateful to the head teacher and music staff at Tonbridge School for the use of the music facilities and to the judges, Richard Suart, Patricia Williams and Anthony Dawson. We also thank all of the participants who took part in the competition and who are helping to further the aims of the AESS.

Sarah Leonard was on hand to introduce the proceedings and Courtney Kenny awarded the prizes.

Richard thanked the entrants for their well thought out thematic programmes and the amount of work that had gone into their preparation.

The standard of the final was exceptionally high and the judges decided to make the awards in the following order:
1st Prize £1,000 Renee Michaela G Fajardo
2nd Prize £500 Hope Lavelle
3rd Prize £500 Lydia Jane Haynes
Pianist’s Prize £500 Hunter Mabery

Many congratulations to them and our thanks to all the singers and pianists who took part in the final.

As always, our thanks go to Courtney Kenny for his generosity in funding this competition
Anthony Dawson, Richard Suart, Cournety Kenny, Hope Lavelle, Renee Michaela G Farjardo, Lydia Jane Haynes, Patricia Williams, Hunter Mabery
The entrants

Sarah Leonard (left) with the judges and entrants

The programme cover and recital details:

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The 2017 AESS Annual General Meeting and Dinner

The 2017 AESS Annual General Meeting and Dinner
will be held on Sunday, April 30th 2017 at
The Royal Over-Seas League, St. James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR

I am delighted to announce that our guest speaker will be the counter-tenor, James Bowman, and we are also grateful to the members of the Hilliard Ensemble who have agreed to come out of retirement for one night only to give us a short concert of English repertoire at 6pm after the AGM at 4:30pm.james-bowman                                                             James Bowman

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It should be a splendid occasion, so do put it in your diary. The concert and dinner are open to members and non-members, and friends are very welcome.

Tickets will be on sale from January.

Dinner invite 2017

Best wishes,

Sarah Leonard – Chairman

The Junior Competition – The Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Prize 2016 Results

The Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Prize Final 2016

Saturday November 26th at 16:30 at The Royal College of Music

Panel of judges: Jonathan Courage, Penny-Price Jones, Mary Mogil

1st prize £300 – Ellen Pearson accompanied by Jessica Pearson

2nd prize £200 – James Cobb accompanied by Joan Taylor

3rd prize £100 – Sophie Benfield accompanied by Deborah Shah

Spoken prize in memory of Marion Lines £200 – Sophie Benfield

The AESS is most grateful to The Royal College of Music for allowing us to use The Recital Hall, and to Veronica Veysey Campbell and Liza Hobbs in the Junior Dpt. for all their help.

Special thanks go to Carolyn Richards, the competition administrator, for all her hard work in organizing a delightful event.

Thanks also go our three excellent judges whose thoughtful notes will be passed on to the finalists.

The judges felt that the standard of singing and speaking from all the young competitors was even higher than last year, and we wish them every success in their future endeavours.

The AESS is indebted to Catherine Lambert for her continued support of the Junior Competition and also to the family of Marian Lines for continuing the Speech Prize in her memory.

Sarah Leonard

Chairman of the AESS

juniorcompwinners1James Cobb – 2nd, Ellen Pearson – 1st, & Sophie Benfield -3rd & Speech Prize

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With judges – Judges, Stephen Varcoe Mary Mogil, Penelope Price Jones & Jonathan Courage

The Catherine Junior Recital Prize 2016

The Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Prize 2016

The final will be held on Saturday, November 26th at the Royal College of Music Recital Hall from 4.00pm until 7.00pm

The preliminary round will take place on Sunday, November 13th at Taggs Yard, London and at a venue in Birmingham on the same day.

The deadline for entries will be Saturday, November 5th

The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition Final 2016

The AESS Senior Prize

The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2016

The Final took place on Wednesday, May 25th at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Chairman, Sarah Leonard, welcomed the audience and introduced the evening.

Five singers sang a twenty minute themed recital of their choosing using poetry, prose and English song which the enthusiastic members of the audience greatly enjoyed.

The judges, Lynton Back, Nigel Foster, Jane Highfield and Maria Jagusz were impressed by the variety and strength of the performances and awarded the prizes accordingly:

1st Prize of £2,000 Claire Barnett-Jones – Mezzo-soprano
Joint 2nd Prize of £1,000 Jonathan Hyde – Baritone
Joint 2nd Prize of £1,000 Kieran Rayner – Baritone

The Accompanist’s Prize of £1,000 Somi Kim – Piano

Patricia Routledge was unable to be present and Lynton presented the awards. He spoke of the judging criteria and the importance of finishing words to aid clear diction.

The AESS is extremely grateful to Patricia Routledge for her long association with and generous sponsorship of the Senior Prize.

Acknowledgements:
The Director and Staff of the GSMD
The Judges of both rounds
Susan Field – Treasurer
Stephen Miles – Co-ordinator
All the singers and pianists who took part. The AESS hopes that they all found the competition to be a valuable experience in developing their art and performance technique.

The winner, Claire Barnett-Jones

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Winner of the Accompanist’s’Prize, Somi Kim

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The competitors listen to Lynton Black speak before the presentations

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The singers, pianists and judges

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The prize winners and judges. From Left: Nigel Foster, Jane Highfield, Somi Kim, Claire Barnett-Jones, Lynton Black, Jonathan Hyde, Kieran Rayner, Maria Jagusz

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The Programme:

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ProgrammesPRFinal2016 Pages 2 & 3

The Fell Prize for Musical Theatre Final Result 2016

On Sunday, May 8th, the 4th Fell Prize for Musical Theatre, took place at the Sylvia Young School.

Sarah Leonard gave a short address of welcome to all present and introduced the adjudicators, Marcus Savage and Pip Minnithorpe.

The 19 entrants competing for the prize of £1000 were drawn from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, National Youth Music Theatre, Italia Conti Academy, Mountview Theatre School, London College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The competitors were between 18-25 years old, of any nationality and in full time training or preparing for a career in Musical Theatre. They were required to perform a song and a scene/speech as a sequence in the original English which could come from any source and be presented in any order. The programmes had to be less than six minutes in length.
The prize was awarded to Jess Peet from the Royal Academy of Music for a very moving and sincere account of You Took Advantage of Me with interwoven sections of Woman’s Monologue – Bash by Neil Labute which impressed the judges and audience alike.

Congratulations to her and our thanks to the other singers for helping to promote the ideals of the AESS. Many thanks too to our official accompanist Roger Davison who provided expert and sensitive support from the keyboard.

Members of the AESS added to an audience of friends and family supporting the performers as they contributed to an interesting and varied afternoon.

Many thanks to the judges for their expertise.

We thank the Sylvia Young School for allowing us the use of their premises.

Thanks also are due to the co-ordinators, Jean Hornbuckle and Jane Roberson.

The AESS is pleased to be associated with the Toni Fell Trust in presenting this prize. Visit: http://tonifelltrust.org
Some of the competitors with judges, Marcus Savage – Musical Director of MAMMA MIA! and Pip Minnithorpe – Freelance Director

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The Judges, Marcus Savage and Pip Minnithorpe, expound their thoughts on the vital ingredients to a successful performance in musical theatre.

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AESS Fell Prize for musical Theatre Previous Winners