2022 Competition Prizes
Wigmore Hall is extremely grateful to all the organisations who have donated prizes for this year’s Competition.
Prizes donated by William and Judith Bollinger as part of their overall support of the Competition:
1st Prize £10,000
2nd Prize £5,000
3rd Prize £2,500
Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo
Kindly donated by the Jean Meikle Music Trust.
The Jean Meikle Music Trust was established in 2005 in memory of Jean Meikle (1929–2004), a passionate lover of song and chamber music in all its forms, and a devotee of Wigmore Hall. The aim of the Trust is to encourage young classical musicians and audiences in the performance and appreciation of great music. Jean appreciated one hundred per cent the importance of the musical partnership of singer and pianist, and in 2022 JMMT is proud once again to fund The Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the Wigmore Hall/Bollinger International Song Competition, awarded to the most outstanding singer/pianist partnership in the Competition. Previous winners are: 2019: Matthew Swensen (USA) and Katelan Terrell (USA), 2017: Gemma Summerfield (UK) and Sebastian Wybrew (UK), 2015: Kate Howden (Australia) and Sachika Taniyama (Japan), 2013: Johnny Herford (UK) and William Vann (UK), 2011: Jonathan McGovern (UK) and Timothy End (UK), 2009: Gerard Collett (UK) and James Baillieu (South Africa), 2007: Daniel Johannsen (Austria) and Elena Larina (Russia). The Jean Meikle Music Trust also gives annual support to the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Leeds Lieder Festival for the educational projects they undertake.
Richard Tauber Prize for the Best Interpretation of Schubert Lieder
Kindly donated by the Anglo-Austrian Music Society
The Anglo-Austrian Music Society was founded in London in the autumn of 1942 by a small group of Austrian refugee musicians and British friends – initially as a means of surviving in exile, but also to promote the appreciation and understanding of Austrian music in Britain. In 1947 the Society brought the Vienna State Opera to Covent Garden, and this visit saw Richard Tauber's last stage appearance as Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni on 27 September 1947. In 1950 the Anglo-Austrian Music Society established the Richard Tauber Fund in memory of the great Austrian tenor and to launch the Richard Tauber Prize for Singers which was awarded 30 times between 1951 and 2010. . Preliminary auditions were held in London and in Vienna, and the public final audition was held at Wigmore Hall, which was also the venue for the prize-winning recital. Previous Richard Tauber Prizewinners have included Sir Simon Keenlyside, William Dazeley, Jane Irwin, Jonathan Lemalu, Anna Leese, Christopher Ainslie, Robin Leggate, Alexander Oliver and Richard Angas. In 2013, the Anglo-Austrian Music Society decided to award a Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder as part of the eminent Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. The first winners were Timothy Fallon (USA) and Ammiel Bushakevitz (South Africa/Israel) in 2013, followed by James Newby (UK) in 2015, Clara Osowski (USA) in 2017 and Benjamin Russell (Ireland) in 2019. The Anglo-Austrian Music Society closed down in December 2021 and all remaining funds were transferred to The Wigmore Hall Trust for future Richard Tauber Prizes.
Vaughan Williams Song Prize for the Best Interpretation of Songs in English by a British Composer
Kindly donated by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society
The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society was founded in 1994 to address the many gaps in performances and recordings of his works. Over the years the Society has sponsored exhibitions and symposiums, supported many performances and recordings, and published books about the composer. In 2007 a recording subsidiary, Albion Records, was formed; to date it has issued 46 recordings, nearly all of them including Vaughan Williams premières. The Society's strength is steadily growing and now numbers more than 1000 members in 23 countries around the world, all of whom receive the Society's Journal three times a year in addition to other benefits. The Society’s Chairman is Simon Coombs, and the President is the renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis. This partnership with the Competition has developed from the Society’s work promoting Vaughan Williams in general and English music more broadly. The inaugural prize was won in 2019 by Clara Osowski (USA). During 2022-23 the music industry celebrates the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth and a full programme of concerts, events, recordings and publications is underway.
Britten Pears Young Artist Programme Prize
Approx. value £2,000
Kindly awarded by the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme at Snape Maltings
The Britten Pears Young Artist Programme (BPYAP) was founded in 1972 by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears to provide high-level performance training for early career professional musicians. Led by the world’s finest performers, teachers and creatives, all projects and opportunities take place on our creative campus at the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival and the Red House in Aldeburgh – Britten & Pears’ home and archive. The BPYAP hosts some of the world’s premier performers and teachers who lead intensive projects, which culminate in high profile performances and masterclasses. For example, in the upcoming 2022-23 programme the vocal course tutors include Sir Antonio Pappano, Julia Faulkner, Gwen Ann-Rand and Claire Booth. One singer and one pianist will be awarded participation in one of the one-week vocal masterclass courses in the 2023-24 programme, where they will work in intensive duo coaching, 1:1 teaching and public masterclasses. The Britten Pears Young Artist Programme will cover travel, accommodation costs and provide some meals. Details of courses will be published in early 2023.