The Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Prize 2018

The final will be held on Saturday November 17th at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester in the Carol Nash Hall at 2.00pm

The preliminary round will take place on Sunday, November 4th at

Taggs Yard, London / Burton on Trent / Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester*

*2.00pm until 4.00pm in Manchester

The deadline for entries is Saturday, October 27th

Travel expenses will be paid to any finalists who live outside the Manchester area.

Entrants are encouraged to explore the vast wealth of material from five hundred years of song writing, prose and poetry, of writers and composers world-wide who employ the English language. All songs must use the original English. English translations of original foreign words are not acceptable. Ideas can be found in the AESS Century of English Song – Volumes 1-10, details of which can be found at

The Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Prize 2018 



The purpose of the AESS Junior Recital Competition, in accordance with the general aims of the AESS, is “to encourage the communication of English words, in singing and in speech, with clarity, understanding and imagination”.


Competitors are asked to present and sing a themed recital of classical ‘Art Songs’ with original English texts. (N.B ‘Art Songs does NOT include opera, oratorio, operetta or musicals). The integrated programme may include spoken links and must contain at least one piece of poetry or prose. The programme should not exceed 15 minutes in total. Candidates should provide their own accompanist.

The entire programme must be delivered from memory in both rounds.

The judges will give equal attention to the spoken and sung elements of the programme.


The competition is open to young singers resident in the UK and Ireland. Junior Conservatoires and specialist Music Schools may nominate candidates. The competition is also open to students who are pupils of members of the Association and schools where there is a link with the Association.

Age Limit:

The prize is open to young singers who are aged 13 to 18 on or before the date of the final, Saturday 17th November 2018.


First Prize – £300 sponsored by Catherine Lambert
Second Prize – £200 sponsored by Catherine Lambert                                                                          Third Prize – £100 sponsored by Coral Gould

Marian Lines prize of £200 for the best spoken element

Selected prize winners will be offered the opportunity to perform in the AESS’s Prize Winners Concert in the autumn of 2019 as part of The London Song Festival.

The Competition:

The competition will be in two stages.

Stage One:

There will be a preliminary round on Sunday, 4th November in London (Taggs Yard, Barnes) and at a studio in Burton on Trent, Midlands and at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. Judges will be drawn from members of the Association, who have not themselves submitted candidates. They will select a maximum of eight competitors for the final.

Stage Two:

The final will be held on Saturday, 17th November at Chetham’s Music School, Manchester from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. The winner of the competition will be offered a masterclass for their school or college from an AESS member in addition to the prize.


A nominal, non-refundable, entry fee of £15.00 is charged to cover administrative expenses. Entries must be made on the official forms provided and must be received no later than Saturday, October 27th.

Entry Form:

AESS Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Prize Application Form 2018

AESS Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Prize Prospectus 2018

Previous Prize Winners:

2002 – Elena Anastopoulos

2003 – Kirsten Barker

2004 – Soraya Mafi


2006 – Alex Knox

2007 – Harriet Eyley

2008 – Mary Galloway

2009 – Thomas Payne

2010 – Rosanna Cooper

2011 – Elizabeth Thomas

2012 – Julius Haswell

2013 – Clare Sutherland

2014 – Georgia Odette

2015 – Ella Rainbird-Earley

2016 – Ellen Pearson

2017 – Ailsa McTernan

Previous winners of this competition are not eligible to enter a second time.

Feedback from the judges will be given to all entrants as soon as is practicable for both rounds.


The administrator for the Competition is Carolyn Richards, 29 Petersfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4EP Tel. 07768 086 123. E-mail.