Lauren Lodge-Campbell (soprano) won the Schubert Society Singer Prize 2017. Congratulations! From left: Nigel Foster (Director of the London Song Festival), Udo Bauer (Secretary of the Schubert Society), Lauren, Sophie Daneman (Adjudicator)
Her accompanist on the piano was Michael Sikich.

Sophie Daneman (photo right) adjudicated the competition as part of her Lieder Master Class of the London Song Festival. She presented the statuette “The Singer” to Lauren. The event took place at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Rutland Gate on 28 October 2017.

Lauren will give her prize winner’s recital at the Schubertiade on Sunday 18 March 2018 at 15:00. Michael will accompany her again on the occasion. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Top photo by Peter Stokes • Side photos by Bertie Watson

Schubert Society Singer Prize 2016

Eleanor Penfold (soprano) won the Schubert Society Singer Prize 2016. Congratulations!

Her accompanist on the piano was Rachel Chen.

Dame Felicity Lott (photo right) adjudicated the competition as part of her Lieder Master Class of the London Song Festival. She presented the statuette “The Singer” to Eleanor. The event took place at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Rutland Gate on 3rd December 2016.

Due to circumstances beyond her control, Eleanor will not be singing at our planned Schubertiade on 19 February 2017.

Photo by Robert Piwko

Schubert Society Singer Prize 2015

Tenor Peter Aisher won the Schubert Society Singer Prize 2015 on 14 November 2015. Here he is holding the prize statuette “The Singer” together with his pianist Lucy Colquhoun.

Both performed at a Schubertiade on 21 February 2016.

The Lieder Master-Class and Schubert Society Singer Prize Competition was held on Saturday 14 Nov 2015 with tenor Nicky Spence.  It took place at the church of St Mary Magdalene Munster Square, London NW1 3PH, just five minutes’ walk from Great Portland Street and Warren Street tube stations.

The prize consists of £500 and the offer of engagements with the London Song Festival and the Schubert Society of Britain in 2016. In addition the winner of the Schubert Society Competition was presented with the “The Singer” – the bronze sculpture (see photo on the right) by Gloria Loring, which is retained by the Schubert Society. The Master Class was open to the public.

Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as ‘a voice of real distinction,’ Nicky Spence is fast emerging as one of ‘our finest young singers.’ An artist of great integrity, Nicky Spence’s unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty in his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the profession.

For more information please go to the London Song Festival website.

Schubert Society Singer Prize 2014

The Schubert Society of Britain in association with the German YMCA in London held a Singer Prize Competition in conjunction with the 2014 London Song Festival. A Master Class was given by Ian Partridge CBE on Saturday 8 November 2014 at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London NW3.

Auditions were held in October and applicants were required to present two songs in their original language and sung from memory, at least one of which must be by Schubert.

Following the master class, Ian Partridge selected the winner – Rowan Pierce (soprano) – who was presented with the bronze sculpture “The Singer” created by Gloria Loring (bronze retained by the Schubert Society).

Rowan Pierce gave a recital for the Schubert Society on Sunday 15 February 2015, collected her £500 prize money and received a winner’s certificate from the Schubert Society of Britain.

The Singer

A bronze sculpture created by Gloria Loring in 2013

For over fifty years music-making at our Lancaster Hall is synonymous with the Schubertiades offered by the Schubert Society of Britain, and this continues to this day.

In the 1960s the co-founder and then Secretary of the Society, Alan Tabelin, approached the sculptor and painter Gloria Loring with the idea to commission a trophy to be used for the encouragement of artists serving the Society with their talents. At the time the sculptor could not take on such a project. But when last year she was presented with the opportunity to create a new sculpture, she approached the Schubert Society with the offer to fulfil Alan Tabelin’s wish posthumously.

Both the Society and our Association were happy to accept such a generous donation of an original sculpture. And we received Gloria Loring’s bronze “The Singer” towards the end of 2013. Her idea to create “The Singer” was inspired by the American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, after hearing her at the famous BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in June 2013, where Barton won the Song Prize and the Cardiff Singer of the World; she is only the second person in the history of the competition to win both prizes. And at the base sits a songbird.

The sculpture will be dedicated to the memory of Gloria’s husband, Francis Loring (baritone), a translator and gifted interpreter of Schubert’s Song Cycles, and Alan Tabelin, an enthusiastic and dedicated voluntary organiser of concerts for artists of his day.

In the tradition of the Schubert Society and the German YMCA it is envisaged to make use of the trophy in coming years for the encouragement of young artists and the promotion of classical live music performances.

Photo by Robert Piwko