The 1st Prize at the 2013 Ferrier Competition, held at Wigmore Hall last Friday evening, was awarded to the 27 year old British baritone
Gareth Brynmor John. Gareth was a choral scholar at St. John’s College Cambridge and went on to the Royal Academy of Music, where he currently studies with Mark Wildman. He has won the RAM Patrons’ Award and the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal.
On the concert platform he has appeared with the Philharmonia, London Mozart Players and Brandenburg Sinfonia and his operatic roles include Eugene Onegin and Papagano at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as various roles for Royal Academy Opera. His winning programme included songs by Vaughan Williams and Wolf and an aria from Eugene Onegin.
2nd PRIZE (£5,000) was awarded to British soprano Louise Alder. Louise, who is 26, gained a 1st Class Hons degree from Edinburgh University before studying with Dinah Harris at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where she is currently the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa scholar. She won 1st prize in the Maggie Teyte French Song Competition 2012 and was a finalist in the Royal Over-Seas League Singing Competition 2013.
SONG PRIZE (£4,000)was awarded to 28 year old British baritone Johnny Herford.
ACCOMPANIST’S PRIZE (£3,000), administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, was awarded to British pianist Peter Foggitt.