Major new funding for singers during our centenary year
October 31, 2014
(A picture of Richard Lewis outside the Royal Academy of Music's theatre)
At a packed event hosted by the Royal Academy of Music to celebrate the centenary of the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Trust, the charity's founder Elizabeth Muir Lewis revealed a host of new initiatives in partnership with the academy.
Following speeches by its Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood and Head of Vocal Studies Mark Wildman, Elizabeth then announced (pictured, below) that the annual Richard Lewis Award singing competition prize is to increase to £15,000 in 2016, the launch of a £6,000 annual bursary for young tenors studying at the academy and sponsorship of a visiting tenor - who will give vocal master classes in Richard's name.
Also, The Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Trust is also to sponsor the regular Song Circle events organised by the academy at the Wigmore Hall in London.