The Williams-Howard Prize 2023

The Williams-Howard Prize is running for a second year at the RNCM, to celebrate and encourage the study and performance of art songs of composers of African heritage.

Established by internationally-renowned countertenor Michael Harper, in honour of two special people, his grandfather Chester Ambrose Williams and Helen Palmer Howard, his teacher and mentor who encouraged him to sing from an early age, the Williams-Howard Prize is the first of its type in Europe, celebrating singers and collaborative pianists.

The Prizes

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor First Prize:               £600 singer                 £600 Pianist
Avril Coleridge-Taylor Second Prize:               £300 singer                 £300 pianist
Amanda Ira Aldridge Hon. Mention:                £100 singer                 £100 pianist

First and second prize winners will have a performance workshop at Cooper Hall. The first prize winners will receive a repertoire coaching session and a recital at the Buxton International Festival.

2023 Competition Details

First round: 15-minute video recording of the selected repertoire. Deadline for submission is Monday 16 February 2023. RNCM students should see Moodle for full information.
Final: Saturday 4 February // 6pm, Carole Nash Recital Room, RNCM
Five pairs (singer/pianist) who will perform a recital of 20-minutes in length from the list of suggested repertoire.

Thank you

The competition has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Michael Harper, the Cooper Hall Foundation (Frome, Somerset), the Buxton International Festival, the RNCM, Antony Wiens Page, the RNCM Principle’s Circle and an anonymous donor.