The final of the AESS Senior Prize took place as the climax to the AESS Centenary Day, held at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama on Friday May 10th.
A large and appreciative audience heard the five finalists who each performed a themed programme of their choice, employing both speech and song elements. The judges had an extremely difficult task in adjudicating the result, such was the standard of performance.
Patricia Routledge, CBE herself was present to award the prizes.
- First Prize of £2,000 was awarded to Sarah Parkin who studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.
- Second Prize of £1,000 was awarded to Natalie Montakhab who is an AESS member and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.
- Third prize of £1,000 was awarded to Bradley Travis who is a student at the Royal College of Music.
- The Pianist’s prize of £1,000 was awarded to Jennifer Hughes who is also a student at the Royal College of Music.
Congratulations to them and thanks to everyone who entered the competition.
The AESS continues to be grateful to Patricia Routledge for her generosity in sponsoring this competition.
Thanks to the preliminary round judges: Stephen Varcoe and Jean Hornbuckle; and to the judges for the final: Rosamund Shelley (Chair), Professor Robert Saxton, Lyndon van der Pump, Iestyn Morris and Liza Hobbs. We also thank the Co-ordinator of the competition, Stephen Miles.
The Chairman expressed the Association’s appreciation to James Alexander and all his team at the GSMD for facilitating the smooth running of the competition.
The AESS is also extremely grateful to the Principal, Barry Ife, CBE for allowing the use of the GSMD free of charge.