LEWIS MEMORIAL PRIZE COMPETITION 2024
The Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize Competition was established by the Musica Britannica Trust in 1986 in memory of the first General Editor and Chairman of Musica Britannica, Sir Anthony Lewis. Under its new name, the Lewis Memorial Prize Competition now commemorates the lives of both Sir Anthony and his wife Lesley, Lady Lewis, who supported it for many years. A generous bequest from Lady Lewis has enabled the competition to continue as an annual event, held alternately for singers, keyboard players, or consorts.
INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS
- The 2024 Competition is for singers and will be held in London at the Royal Academy of Music (with the kind permission of the Principal) on Tuesday 2 April 2024.
- The Competition is open to full- and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students currently registered at a UK university or conservatoire (college of music).
- In order to enter, candidates must be nominated by the Head of Performance or Head of Department of their current institution. Only one candidate may be entered from each institution, including from the collegiate universities of Oxford and Cambridge; nominations from individual colleges will not be accepted.
- All nominated candidates are required to submit an audition recording of no more than ten minutes' duration. The recording must be sent as an electronic audio file (mp3 or wav format only) with the nomination (see §12). The pieces chosen for audition need not be taken from Musica Britannica volumes.
- The Competition judges will select up to eight finalists from the nominated candidates' audition recordings to participate in the main competition.
- Candidates invited to participate as finalists must prepare a full recital programme of 20 minutes' total duration. All repertory for the recital must be drawn and performed from Musica Britannica editions. A list of relevant vocal-music editions is appended here. Any candidates who have difficulty in accessing the listed Musica Britannica volumes via their institutions should contact the Secretary to the Trust, Mr Christopher Scobie, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), so that access to the relevant material can be arranged.
- Competitors should perform in historically appropriate style(s). The instruments available for accompanying the recital will be harpsichord and pianoforte. The harpsichord will be tuned to A415.
- The Competition will be judged by the distinguished singer Dame Felicity Lott, together with three members of the Editorial Committee of Musica Britannica.
- Up to three prizes will be awarded: the First Prize will be £2,000, the Second £1,000, and the Third £500. All winners will also receive three Musica Britannica volumes of their own choice. Where possible, the first-prize winner will also be offered the opportunity to perform a recital including Musica Britannica material at their home institution following receipt of their prize.
- Candidates must provide their own accompanist, and are free to engage either a professional or a student, the latter of whom may be registered at their own or another institution. Student accompanists registered as full- or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate students at a UK university or conservatoire are eligible to be considered for the Lewis Memorial Prize Competition Accompanists' Prize. The judges will make a single award of £750, and the winner will also receive three Musica Britannica volumes of their own choice. The name and standing of the accompanist must be included on the nomination form submitted for the candidate, and the form must indicate clearly whether the accompanist wishes to be considered for the prize.
- Candidates and their accompanists are encouraged to seek a contribution towards travelling expenses from their institutions. If institutions cannot cover some or all of these costs, competitors may apply to the Musica Britannica trust for assistance with their travel expenses, which will be reimbursed after the event on presentation of valid standard-class travel receipts.
- Nominations and audition recordings should be sent by the candidate's institution (rather than by the candidate) by email to the organiser:
Charlotte Templeman (email@example.com)
by 5 p.m. on Friday 1 December 2023.Audio files too large to include in an email can be sent via an internet-based file-transfer service, preferably WeTransfer, provided that a file link is included in the nomination email.
- The Competition judges aim to be able to contact candidates successful in the audition round by 12 January 2024. Full programme details from successful candidates will be required by 20 February 2024 and should include the timings and a note of all keyboard instrument(s) required.
- Details of rehearsal facilities and times, together with the programme for the Competition, will be sent to all candidates as soon as possible after the closing date for receipt of their programme details (20 February 2024).
LEWIS MEMORIAL PRIZE COMPETITION 2023
The 2023 competition was for keyboard players and was held on Tuesday 4 April at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
The first prize was awarded to:
Matthew Brown (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
Matthew receives £1,000 and three Musica Britannica volumes of his choice.
The panel awarded second prize to:
Apolline Khou (Royal College of Music)
Apolline receives £500 and three Musica Britannica volumes of her choice.
We also offer our congratulations to the other finalists:
Edward Campbell-Rowntree (Royal Northern College of Music)
Alfred Fardell (University of Oxford)
Xiaowen Shang (Royal Academy of Music)
The judges were Julian Perkins, Professor Rebecca Herissone, Professor Peter Holman and Dr Valerie Langfield.