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.