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.
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
Winner of the Accompanist’s’Prize, Somi Kim
The competitors listen to Lynton Black speak before the presentations
The singers, pianists and judges
The prize winners and judges. From Left: Nigel Foster, Jane Highfield, Somi Kim, Claire Barnett-Jones, Lynton Black, Jonathan Hyde, Kieran Rayner, Maria Jagusz
AESSPRFinal2016 Pages 1 & 4
ProgrammesPRFinal2016 Pages 2 & 3