Henry’s 20 minute programme included:
Épouse quelque brave fille Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Tom der Reimer Carl Loewe (1796-1869)
Papageno Suicide Aria Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
In the lovely village of Nevesinje Judith Weir (1954-)
Mr Belloc’s fancy Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
The competition was tough with six section finalists competing for the place in the Grand Final held at Cadogan Hall and the opportunity to win the Gold Medal prize of £10,000. Competitors Caroline Modiba soprano, Thomas Humphreys baritone, Celine Forrest soprano, Henry Neill baritone and mezzo-sopranos Claire Barnett-Jones and Emma Stannard, were selected from 44 hopefuls during three days of auditions. The adjudicators Gavin Henderson, past prizewinner Gillian Keith, Valerie Masterson, Anthony Roden and Joseph Middleton were impressed by the overall quality and range from the competitors.
Soprano and past ROSL prizewinner Gillian Keith said” it was an honour to be an adjudicator; I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. At each stage of the auditions we were looking for excellence in performance, interpretation and programme, we weren’t let down with this evenings’ performances.”
28 year Henry Neill currently studies on the Royal Academy of Music Opera course, before which he held a choral scholarship at St John’s College, Cambridge. Henry is currently generously supported by the Carr-Gregory Scholarship and has won a number of prestigious awards including: the Sir Thomas Armstrong Prize for English Song, first prize at the Dean and Chadlington festival, the Sacred Aria Prize at the Mozart Singing competition and a Sybill Tutton Opera Award. Henry regularly performs with choirs and in operatic roles.
Gavin Henderson Chairman of the Adjudicators was delighted to also award Mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard with the Audrey Strange Memorial Prize for Most Promising Young Singer, a £1000 prize. Emma studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and is now studying Opera at the Royal Academy of Music, and regularly performs with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus.
ROSL Annual Music Competition Section Finals take place each Tuesday 7-9pm at Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LR:
· 2 February: Wind and Percussion – winner Philip Attard saxophone
· 9 February: Singers – winner Henry Neill baritone
· 16 February: Strings
· 23 February: Keyboard
· 1 March: Ensemble A (Strings & Keyboard)
· 8 March: Ensemble B (Wind and Mixed)
· 15 March: Over-Seas Award
· 1 June: Grand Final held at Cadogan Hall, London.
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NOTES FOR THE EDITOR
Founded in 1910, the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is a non-profit private members' club dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding. ROSL helps artists and musicians across the Commonwealth connect, collaborate and create. Our humanitarian work benefits communities and changes lives.
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The Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, established in 1952, has built up a reputation for nurturing the careers of young musicians of quality.
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