The Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition

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Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition

This Competition celebrates the art of the song recital and honours the Lied’s place at the heart of the genre. In the 17 years since its foundation, the Competition has grown in status and prestige, and continues to attract singers and pianists from around the world, aged 33 or under, keen to embark on significant recital careers.

Providing an invaluable opportunity for feedback and guidance from a jury consisting of the highest calibre of internationally renowned artists and directors from the world’s elite concert halls and music festivals, the Competition also promotes the exchange of ideas between artists from all over the world, and presents an important platform for public performance and the expansion of repertoire.

The 2015 Competition will run from Sunday 6 to Thursday 10 September inclusive. Details of how to apply will appear on this website in the autumn of 2014.

The Art of Song

The Art of Song is an exciting online resource inspired by the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition. The resource comprises a series of short films in which Iain Burnside – pianist, writer, and broadcaster – talks to some of the world's average singers and experts about the magic of song.

Whether you're a singer considering taking part in a competition; an audience member eager to find out how competition jurors come to their decisions; or anyone looking to find out more about song and performance, this site contains a fascinating range of insights, opinions and ideas from those who've worked, performed, and succeeded in song at the highest level.

With expert insights from John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, and a dazzling selection of vocal stars, the videos cover topics including: what it's like to sing at Wigmore Hall; competition dos and don'ts; and how to deal with stage nerves, as well as conversations with jurors and previous winners of the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition.

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