Holly Teague

Award: Dick Maidment and Peggy Cooper Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Royal College of Music

Website: hollyteague.com

A graduate from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Soprano Holly Teague completed her first four years of training with Amanda Roocroft and Catherine Benson. She is the recipient of the 2020 St Clare Barfield Rosebowl for Operatic Distinction. She continues her masters study with Amanda at The Royal College of Music, where she has been awarded a scholarship, and is kindly supported by the Dick Maidment and Peggy Cooper Award (Help Musicians) and the Countess of Munster Trust.

She is the winner of the 2019 RBC Singing Prize, the 2019 Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize and the inter-departmental 2019 Doris Newton Music Club Award. She came second in the 2019 Edward Brookes English Song Prize and the 2019 Mario Lanza Opera Prize, and was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Bromsgrove International Musician's Competition. College roles include Mary Crawford (Mansfield Park, Dove), Hanna (Die Lustige Witwe, Lehar) and Ariel (The Enchanted Island, Sams). In June 2018, she was awarded a place at CNSMD (Conservatoire de Paris) as part of the ERASMUS+ programme, and studied with Elene Golgevit and Anne le Bozec.

A versatile musician, Holly's performance experience ranges from recitals at her local church in Shropshire, to Westminster Central Hall, where she opened the 2018 British Council Conference. In March 2020, Holly independently released her first album "Songs From A Shropshire Lass" with pianist Jonathan French; a personal project exploring the musical settings of the A.E. Housman Shropshire-inspired collection, "A Shropshire Lad," featuring Vaughan Willams, Butterworth, Somervell and Ireland.

Passionate about outreach and the arts in education, Holly is an experienced singing and drama teacher, and hosts bespoke workshops for schools, as well as her own one-to-one teaching from home.
Without the support offered to me by the Maidment Trust, continuation of my musical study simply wouldn't have been possible. Masters courses are notoriously expensive at all colleges, and feel particularly daunting when faced with moving to the capital! I am extremely grateful to the trust for gifting me the opportunity to continue to perfect my craft at one of the best colleges in the country, and for their belief in my ability to represent them in the academic year 2020/21.