Choral Scholar Joel Williams (tenor) won the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize Competition yesterday. Senior Organ Scholar Douglas Tang won the accompanist prize.
The prize is organised by music publishers Musica Britannica and is open to one singer from each of 14 universities and conservatoires around the country. As well as Joel from Cambridge, this year's final had representatives from Trinity Laban, Leeds University, the Guildhall School of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music.
The final was held at the Royal College of Music, and judged by a panel headed by countertenor James Bowman.
Joel and Doug had to perform a 25-minute programme of pieces published by Musica Britannica, and they chose works by Dowland, Boyce, Sullivan, Parry and Balfe. They were the youngest in the competition, and the only undergraduates. Most of the other applicants were full-time performance students.
As First Prize winner, Joel receives £1000 and three Musica Britannica volumes of his choice. He may also be offered lunchtime recitals at the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Leeds.
Joel is a third year History student, and starts at the Royal College of Music in September. Doug is a second year Music student, and won an accompanist prize of £250 and three Musica Britannica volumes. They follow the success of Choral Scholar Matthew Sandy, who won the competition in 2010, and went on to study at the Guildhall (see the news story).
Congratulations to Joel and Doug on a fantastic achievement!