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Courtney Kenny Award Final Result 2018

The AESS Courtney Kenny Award

Final Result 2018

The final took place on Sunday, March 11th at Sevenoaks School.

The recital room of Sevenoaks School’s new Performing Arts Centre was a fine venue and there was an appreciative audience of supporters and friends. The AESS is grateful to the head teacher and staff for making the Recital Room available for the competition.

The judges were Richard Suart, Jean Hornbuckle and Clive Pollard. Our thanks to them.

It was extremely difficult to choose between all the performances, as the standard was uniformly high. Chairman, Sarah Leonard, remarked that the standard of the spoken element had never been higher.

The prizes were awarded in the following order:

1st Prize of £1,000                        Lila Chrisp
2nd Prize of £500                          Annabel Kennedy
3rd Prize of £500                           Ellen Mawhinney
Accompanists’ Prize of £500       George Needham

The  judges particularly enjoyed Lila Chrisp’s communication skills and the seamless nature of her programme in which she was wonderfully supported by George Needham.

Courtney Kenny was present to award the prizes and told everyone how much he had enjoyed the afternoon.

The AESS is grateful to Mr Kenny for his generosity in sponsoring this competition.

The AESS is also grateful to the preliminary round judges: Jean Hornbuckle and Judith Hildesley.

The Co-ordinator is Anthony Dawson

Courtney Kenny with the prize winners
From left: George Needham, Lila Chrisp, Annabel Kennedy, Ellen Mawhinney
Courtney Kenny with the judges and all the performers
Lila Chrisp
Lila graduated in 2017 with a First Class Honours degree in Music from Merton College, Oxford, and continues to study singing with Sally Burgess. While at Oxford, Lila took lead roles in several university opera productions, including Nancy, Albert Herring; Dido, Dido & Aeneas; Dorabella, Cosi fan Tutte; Annio, La Clemenza di Tito; Ottavia, L’incoronazione di Poppea; and Martha in the première of Marco Galvani’s chamber opera Rothschild’s Violin. In concert, Lila has performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with OU Chorus, sang the alto solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Oxford University Philharmonia at the Sheldonian Theatre, and performed Elgar’s Sea Pictures with Consortium Novum. Lila has given numerous solo recitals in Oxford and Rugby, and has performed in masterclasses with Jane Glover, Norbert Meyn, Joseph Middleton, Ian Partridge, and Graham Vick. She is also a keen choral singer, and has sung with Merton College Choir, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, The Oxford Bach Soloists, and Sansara Chamber Choir.
George Needham
George holds choral and academic scholarships at St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he is reading Music, and studies piano with Sam Armstrong in London. In September he will begin postgraduate study with Helen Krizos at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he holds an entrance scholarship. He is an active recitalist, chamber musician and accompanist, maintaining a busy schedule of performances in Oxford. His London concerto debut was in 2015 with Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No 2, and more recently he has performed Beethoven’s third concerto in Oxford. In December he sat the LRSM examination, and passed with distinction.