The Guildhall School announces finalists for its most prestigious prize: the Gold Medal
The Gold Medal is awarded to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years, and the four singers to perform in the final on 5 May have been announced.
The Guildhall School is pleased to announce the finalists for its most prestigious prize for musicians: the Gold Medal. The prize is awarded to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years. 2017 is for singers and the finalists are: Bianca Andrew (mezzo-soprano); Samuel Carl (bass-baritone); Josep-Ramon Olivé (baritone); Daniel Shelvey (baritone).
On Friday 5 May, each finalist will perform a short programme with piano accompaniment followed by a second half of arias with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dominic Wheeler before a Barbican Hall audience. The repertoire includes songs and arias by Wolf, Chausson, Massenet and Weill performed by Bianca Andrew; Medtner, Haas, Mozart and Mussorgsky performed by Samuel Carl; Handel, Korngold and Rossini performed by Josep-Ramon Olivé; and Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Britten, performed by Daniel Shelvey. The evening closes with the adjudication by the panel and announcement of the winner.
This year’s distinguished panel of judges includes: Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano; Sebastian F. Schwarz, General Director of Glyndebourne; Jonathan Vaughan, the Guildhall School’s Vice-Principal & Director of Music; and Dominic Wheeler, Head of Opera, Guildhall School.
The Gold Medal award was founded and endowed by Sir H. Dixon Kimber in 1915. Since 1950 it has been open to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years. Previous winners include William Primrose (1922), Jacqueline du Pré (1960), Patricia Rozario (1979), Tasmin Little (1986) and Bryn Terfel (1989).
Recent winners include Michael Petrov (2014) who was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in September 2013. In 2015, there were two winners of the Gold Medal: soprano Jennifer Witton performs the role of Juno in Shakespeare’s The Tempest with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican in summer 2017; whilst mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons performs in Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Basilica de Sant Francesc in April 2017. Last year’s winner, harpist Oliver Wass, is in his second year of a Master's Degree at the Guildhall School, for which he was awarded a full scholarship to study with Imogen Barford.
Listen to our podcast with finalists Bianca Andrew, Samuel Carl, Josep-Ramon Olivé and Daniel Shelvey, as we discuss their Gold Medal experiences, the road to the final and how they're preparing for a concert in the Barbican Hall.
Wolf Nimmersatte Liebe (Insatiable love)
Ross Harris Gossip
Chausson La chanson bien douce
Reynaldo Hahn Phyllis
Rachmaninov Ja zhdu tebya (I wait for you), Op. 14 No. 1
Anthony Ritchie Song
Massenet Enfin, je suis ici (from Cendrillon)
Hugh Alfvén Skogen sover (The forest sleeps), Op. 28 No. 6
Mozart Voi che sapete (from Le nozze di Figaro)
Kurt Weill I’m a Stranger Here Myself (from One Touch of Venus)
Nicolai Medtner Echo, Op. 32 No. 1
Peter Wishart My God why hast Thou forsaken me
Pavel Haas A Sleepless Night (from Four Songs on Chinese Poetry)
Brahms Wenn ich mit Menschen (from Vier Ernste Gesänge Op. 121 No. 4)
Mozart Madamina, il catalogo è questo (from Don Giovanni)
Mussorgsky Trepak (Songs and Dances of Death, No. 3), (Orchestrated by Shostakovich)
Offenbach Scintille, diamant (from Les Contes de Hoffman)
Mompou Jo et pressentia com la mar (Combat del somni, No. 3)
Schubert Du bist die Ruh, D776
Duparc Le manoir de Rosemonde
Rachmaninoff O dolgo budu ja, Op. 4 No. 3
Strauss Heimliche Aufforderung (Secret invitation), Op. 27 No. 3
Handel Se il mar promette calma (from Lotario HWV 26)
Korngold Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen (from Die tote Stadt)
Rossini Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Schubert Der Wanderer, Op. 4 No. 1 (D493)
Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel, No. 4
Tchaikovsky At the Ball, Op. 38 No. 3
Tchaikovsky Don Juan’s Serenade, Op. 38 No. 1
Tchaikovsky Uzhel ta samaya Tatyana (from Eugene Onegin)
Mozart Rivolgete a lui sguardo (from Così fan tutte)
Britten Look! Through the port (from Billy Budd)
Mozart Finch’han dal vino (from Don Giovanni)
£20, £15 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office.