Such a friendly, 

family atmosphere

with such talented

and varied


David Dunnett, organist, former Organ Scholar (1980-83)


Clare College Song Competition 2021

Date: Friday 02 October 2020 12.00pm




Clare College hosts its biannual Song Competition in 2021 for solo singers and piano accompanists studying at Cambridge University in the performance of Art Song. The competition will be adjudicated across three rounds by Graham Ross, Nicola-Jane Kemp, Robert Rice, Ben Parry, Richard Edgar Wilson, and as a Head Judge at the final by Mark le Brocq, who will give a public masterclass for invited performers from the Semi-Final and Final rounds.


1st prize:The Clare College Singer’s Prize, £400

A London lunchtime recital in summer 2021 (tbc)


2nd prize:£200


The Clare College Accompanist's Prize:£150

(not necessarily from the winning singer’s duo)


Any singers and their pianists from the Semi-final/Final may be invited to take part in a public masterclass with Mark le Brocq on the afternoon of the Final.


PREVIOUS WINNERS, and where they are now:


Dominic Sedgwick: Jette Parker Young Artist - (ROH) - Baritone James Henshaw: ENO Chorus Master and conductor Ashok Gupta: International Pianist (Accompanist Prize)



Hugo Popplewell

Matthew Jorysz: Assistant Organist, Westminster Abbey



Olivia Brett: Scholarship Royal College of Music Toby Hession: Répétiteur, Guildhall School of Music and Drama


2019 (

Charlie Baigent: Royal College of Music

Donal McCann: Assistant Organist, New College, Oxford



Application Form: Clare College Song Competition 2021 Application Form

Rules: Clare College Song Competition 2021 Rules


By 5pm on Wednesday 25 November 2020, competitors must:

a) complete the online application form

b) Pay the entrance fee of £20 per duo. Payment can be made via PayPal - please visit

c) upload their unedited and recent (less than 3 months) audio recordings to a YouTube channel, Dropbox or WeTransfer and share the links with BOTH and (please test the links before forwarding).  Recordings should be of two ‘Art’ songs – one English and one foreign language (NB: ‘Art’ songs do NOT include works from opera, oratorio, operetta or musicals).


Successful applicants for the Semi-Final will be informed as soon as possible after submission of their application.