2019.06.05 RNCM Manchester

The Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss

Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall

Wednesday 05 June 2019, 7.30 pm



Simon Keenlyside, Joyce Kennedy, Lynne Dawson adjudicators



Lorna Day mezzo-soprano, accompanied by David Jones piano

Peter Lidbetter bass-baritone, accompanied by Jonathan Fisher piano

Alicia Cadwgan soprano, accompanied by Michael Davies piano

Rachel Speirs soprano, accompanied by David Jones piano

Yuliya Shkvarko soprano, accompanied by Aaron Breeze piano

Elizabeth Thomson soprano, accompanied by David Jones piano


Joint Winners:


Alicia Cadwgan from New Zealand

Accompanied by Michael Davies


Rachel Speirs  from Scotland

Accompanied by David Jones




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Sue June 6, 2019 at 10:51 pm

I have been attending the Kennedy/Strauss competition at the Royal Northern College of Music for a number of years and last evening’s event was as interesting, inspiring and enjoyable as ever. It was also notable for the length of time that Simon spent addressing the competing students and those in the audience. In my experience the presentation of the award(s) has been quite a brief affair but he took the trouble to speak kindly and encouragingly to each individual competitor and also to express his feelings and advice on the performance and interpretation of Lieder and the relevance of Strauss to modern audiences. This was so helpful and inspiring to students and audience alike and it was obvious how much it was appreciated.
In her introduction of him to the audience, Joyce Kennedy remembered how she was present when Simon won the first Frederic Cox Award in 1986, presented to him by her husband, the late Michael Kennedy. She said they both felt a special connection to Simon and his career thereafter. And the Royal Northern College of Music certainly has a very special connection to the Kennedys who have given their support, not only to the School of Vocal Studies, but also to the College as a whole for very many years. A remarkable couple and worth taking a look at their writings on music, especially the biographies and including the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music.
A memorable evening.

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