Richard Lewis/ Jean Shanks Award

-Posted on 27.09.2016

On Monday 26th September 2016, eight talented Academy student singers performed along with their piano accompanists on the stage of the Duke’s Hall in the final of the Richard Lewis/ Jean Shanks Award. The winner was Richard Walshe, a first-year bass-baritone with Royal Academy Opera, who performed a programme of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Liszt, Ibert and Finzi with pianist Somi Kim. The prize was adjudicated by Anne Howells, David Syrus, Elizabeth Muir-Lewis, Mark Wildman (Head of Vocal Studies) and Robert Porter.

The Brenda Webb Award for Accompanists was presented to Johan Barnoin, who performed with mezzo-soprano Olivia Warburton.

The Richard Lewis Award was founded in 2001 and is open to postgraduate singers studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Previous winners have gone on to establish illustrious international careers. The Award is generously funded by Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Trust. This charity was established in 1993 by Elizabeth Muir-Lewis, three years after the death of her husband Richard Lewis, the great British tenor.

Photograph: competitors on stage together with Elizabeth Muir-Lewis before the final.

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