26 Voice students from GSMD entered this, their most prestigious vocal competition, the six finalists were Damian Arnold — tenor, Nancy Holt — mezzo-soprano, Kayleigh McEvoy — soprano, Samuel Young — baritone, Jessica Ouston — mezzo soprano and Irene Hoogveld — soprano.
For us mere mortals it was so difficult to choose between them.
Fortunately the judges, Amanda Roocroft and Susan Bickley knew what they were looking for and chose the baritone Samuel Young and the people’s choice went to Irene Hoogveld. A financial prize was awarded to the winners by the Company.
Afterwards members of the Livery with their guests entertained the musicians and their wonderful accompanying pianists to dinner.