Welcome to the Art of Song


Inspired by the Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation Song Competition, this resource comprises a series of short films in which Iain Burnside – pianist, writer, and broadcaster – talks to some of the world's greatest 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 Song Competition.

The following people feature in the videos:

  • John Gilhooly – Director of Wigmore Hall and Chairman of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition Jury
  • James Baillieu – Pianist's Prize-winner of the 2009 Wigmore Hall Song Competition
  • Mark Padmore – Tenor
  • Marcus Farnsworth – Winner of the 2009 Wigmore Hall Song Competition
  • Richard Stokes – Leading authority on Lieder
  • Andrew Kennedy – Tenor
  • Ailish Tynan – Soprano
  • Sarah Walker CBE – Mezzo-soprano
  • Malcolm Martineau – Pianist/Accompanist
  • Elizabeth Watts – Soprano
  • Christopher Maltman – Baritone