New award for British opera singers
28 October 2011
The Susan Chilcott Scholarship, an independent charity set up in 2005 in memory of singer Susan Chilcott, has announced a new award for British opera singers.
The Chilcott Award, open to singers aged 22 to 33, offers a cash prize of £10,000. The award will replace the annual Susan Chilcott Scholarships which were set up in 2005 and have helped over 50 young singers since its establishment.
Instead, the Chilcott Award will be offered on a biennial basis to one singer who, in the eyes of the panel, ‘shows outstanding international potential’.
Iain Burnside, chair of the Susan Chilcott Scholarship said: ‘In awarding the Susan Chilcott Scholarships over the past six years we have all been struck by the depth of talent in young British singers. Our new Chilcott Award is about identifying an emerging UK artist who, like Sue herself, has the potential to make an international impact within the world of opera. In singing, the devil is in the detail, and we all realise that careers are the product of years of hard work. Our hope is that this new award will facilitate this hard work, and give a significant hand up to a major young artist.'
The inaugural Chilcott Award will be presented in 2012 with applications being accepted until 9 January 2012. Full details and an application form can be found at www.royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk