The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2018
took place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in the Peacock Room on June 27th
A record number of entrants was heard in a preliminary round and six singers and their pianists were put through to the final.
The requirements of the competition are that entrants perform from memory an integrated themed recital not exceeding twenty minutes, using art songs, prose, poetry, and also their own words, all using original English texts.
Susan Bullock CBE, and the first winner of the Senior Prize, spoke on behalf of the judges about what they were looking for in making the awards.
She talked about the need for clarity and honesty of expression, the use of colours in the voice and the marrying of them with spoken text and song, so that it was almost impossible to differentiate between which was which.
Dame Patricia Routledge also spoke of her admiration for the artistry of such promising young performers and urged them to continue their journey with the English language.
The awards were made in the following order:
1st Prize of £2,000 – Dan D’Souza (RCM)
2nd Prize of £1,000 – Emily Gray (Trinity Laban Alumna)
3rd Prize of £1,000 – Meilir Jones (RAM)
Pianist’s Prize of £1,000 – Nicole Johnson (Trinity Laban)
The AESS wishes to thank the Director and staff of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance for the loaning of their facilities.
Thank are also due to the judges who gave their services
Susan Bullock CBE, Julia Dewhurst,
Jonathan Courage, Nigel Foster
Judges for the Preliminary Round:
Jane Highfield, Jonathan Courage
Details of next year’s competition will be posted on the AESS website in January of 2019
The Finalists with Judges, Chairman – Sarah Leonard and Dame Patricia Routledge
From Left: Julia Dewhurst, Dan D’Souza, Emily Gray, Nicole Johnson, Susan Bullock, Dame Patricia Routledge, Meilir Jones, Jonathan Courage, Nigel Foster