Joan Carden Award 2017 – Applications open

Applications are currently open – closing April 28th – for entries for this year’s Joan Carden Award.

Conducted with the gracious support of Miss Joan Carden AO OBE, this Award aims to:

  • identify and encourage young singing talent
  • strengthen the Choir’s relationship with the University of Sydney and the Sydney music community, and
  • honour the contribution of Joan Carden to music in Australia.
Ashlyn Tymms Photographer David Gross

Ashlyn Tymms

The last winner of this biennial event, in 2015, was mezzo-soprano Ashlyn Tymms. Ashlyn is currently a HF Music Scholar at the Royal College of Music, London, undertaking a Masters of Performance. Her numerous exciting recent engagements in the UK and elsewhere have included performing as a soloist within Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra at Buckingham Palace hosted by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in February. She returned to Sydney to perform the alto solo parts for the CPE Bach Magnificat and J D Heinichen’s Mass no.9 in concert with SUGC last August, and we look forward very much to welcoming her as soloist for the Sydney Sings Verdi Requiem concert in Sydney Town Hall this November.

This year on August 13th, the finals of the 2017 Joan Carden Award will be held in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney, accompanied by a full orchestra. The audience will once again participate in the judging through a ‘Peoples’ Prize’.

If you enjoy the performances of the soloists at our concerts, this is definitely a date for your diary. And if you are – or have a friend or relative who is – a young professional soloist, then this could be your/their chance to perform and to win a prestigious Award with a significant cash prize.

Young singers aged between 22 and 35 years are invited to become part of this exciting event! The Award has a cash prize of $6,000 and the opportunity to perform as a soloist in one of the Choir’s forthcoming concerts. Apply here – the closing date for applications is Friday April 28th 2017.

David Moser

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