Every year, we’re lucky enough to meet many talented young performers.
2014 is no exception. On 12 February, young singers were put to the test as they auditioned for the prestigious Maggie Teyte Prize. This prize recognises outstanding talent in the interpretation of French song. In these auditions, several promising singers also receive Licette Awards to help with the costs of further study.
We’re delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s Maggie Teyte prize is Soraya Mafi (pictured right). Soraya is from Lancashire, and studies at the Royal College of Music International Opera School with the support of a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award. She made her professional debut last summer in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites at Grange Park Opera. She receives the main prize of £2,000 as well as a Licette award of £1,500, and a lunchtime recital at the Royal Opera House.
Three more talented singers received awards of £1,500: Kate Howden (Royal Academy of Music), Anna Rajah (Royal College of Music) and Alison Rose (Guildhall School of Music and Drama). The Help Musicians UK Accompanist's Award was offered to Paul McKenzie (Royal College of Music).
Training as a musician is expensive, and it can take years to make the transition from student to professional. These awards will provide a vital boost for these singers in developing their careers.
We’re very grateful to Felicity Guinness, who generously sponsors the Maggie Teyte Prize and administered it from 1981 – 2007. We’d also like to thank the eminent panel on the day chaired by David Syrus, Head of Music at the Royal Opera House. He was joined by soprano Valerie Masterson CBE, mezzo soprano Jean Rigby and pianist Iain Burnside.