Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2014

-Posted on 25.04.2014

Academy singers prize-winners in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Academy accompanists win in 2014, 2012, 2011 and six times in 2001–2010

The final of the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards took place on Friday 25th April at Wigmore Hall.

An exceptional number of Academy students and alumni took part in the final: 

  • Alumna Jennifer France (soprano), accompanied by alumnus Matthew Fletcher.
  • Alumnus Sam Furness (tenor) – also with Matthew Fletcher, appearing in the final for the third successive year.
  • Current Academy students Christina Gansch (soprano) and Thomas Primrose (piano).
  • Alumna Sarah-Jane Lewis (soprano), accompanied by current Academy fellow Finnegan Downie Dear.
  • Yu Su, who studied Piano Accompaniment for two years at the Academy.

Congratulations to all, and in particular to:

  • Christina Gansch, First Prize
  • Sarah-Jane Lewis, Second Prize
  • Jennifer France, Song Prize
  • Matthew Fletcher, Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize

Rupert Christiansen wrote in The Daily Telegraph: ‘The 59th year will go down as a fine vintage. Six finalists all showed both promise and achievement which speaks well of our conservatoires (with the Royal Academy of Music definitely the front-runner at present).’

In the semi-final, held on Wednesday 23rd April, over half of the semi-finalist singers and accompanists were from the Academy. In addition to those in the final, Academy was represented by Anna Harvey and Anna Gorbachyova; and by accompanist Chad Vindin.

The Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship Fund’s Award is held at Wigmore Hall each April. The list of previous prize-winners features many Academy alumni – most recently including baritone Gareth John Brynmor (2013 winner), soprano Ruth Jenkins (2012 second prize) and baritones Jonathan McGovern and Marcus Farnsworth (2011 second and song prize respectively).

Academy pianists have been similarly successful in recent years, with winners of the accompanists’ prize including Craig White (2012) and Timothy End (2011) – and now a total of nine Academy winners since 2001.

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