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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.

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

The Programme:

AESSPRFinal2016 Pages 1 & 4

ProgrammesPRFinal2016 Pages 2 & 3