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Legendary operatic star Bryn Terfel creates honorary, unique award to celebrate Vocal Excellence
25th November 2015

The St Mary’s Calne Bryn Terfel Song Prize will be held for the first time in November 2015, at an evening recital where the candidates will present a concert programme of varying styles of music.  This prestigious award will be awarded annually at the school, which also awards a Choral Scholarship for younger singers. Vocal talent at St Mary’s is a major strength of the school’s music life, with the Chamber Choir and Opera Ensemble receiving acclaim for performances at home and abroad.  Collaborations with professional artists have ensured the singers of St Mary’s reach the highest possible standards; the Vocal Department has enjoyed projects with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company and the International Grammy Award soloists, Hilary Summers and Neal Davies.  Future plans include an inspiring commissioned choral work by Thomas Hewitt-Jones.

St Mary’s Calne is delighted to welcome the international tenor, Mark Le Brocq as adjudicator of the inaugural celebratory concert on November 20th. Mark held a choral scholarship at St Catharine's College, Cambridge where he read English. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the  National Opera Studio, sponsored by The Friends of English National Opera.  Mark was Company Principal with English National Opera, and performs regularly with Opera North and Welsh National Opera, the Aix Festival and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Bryn Terfel : ‘I was delighted to be asked by Bethan Dudley Fryar to provide an honorary  Song Prize for the talented singers of St Mary’s Calne, and I hope the competition will create a vibrant interest in the Song Repertoire which is so essential for young voices.   It is my great pleasure to encourage and support the thriving vocal faculty of St Mary’s Calne’.