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Four years after Vyvyan's death, her husband established a memorial scholarship at her old conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music.

I am delighted to announce that Eve Danielle is the winner of the Jennifer Vyvyan Royal Academy of Music Award for 2013/2014.



British/Canadian soprano Eve Daniell is pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Elizabeth Ritchie and Gareth Hancock. She holds a BMus with distinction from the University of Victoria, an ARCT Piano Performance diploma and an ARCT Voice Performance diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music – the latter earning her the 2009 Gold Medal for achieving the highest marks in North America. Performance credits include Witch and Mother in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Pacific Opera Victoria’s Young Artist Program and Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Albery/Mallon) with Opera on the Avalon. She has appeared as a soloist with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Summer Choir, UVic Orchestra and Chorus, Victoria Bach Ensemble, Cowichan Consort and with the Barton Turf Choral Society singing excerpts of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with James Bowman. She has appeared in recital in Norwich and London, and in British Columbia, Canada including a recital with tenor Benjamin Butterfield and pianist Kinza Tyrrell. Eve is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Jennifer Vyvyan Scholarship and of the Belle Shenkman Award for the Study of Arts; her studies are generously supported by the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation and the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund.

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Alice Rose Privett


Previous holders from 1985 on:
1985/6 – Helen Mason
1986/7 – Nancy Yuen
1987/8 – Helen Astrid
1988/9 – Dawn Williamson
1989/90 – Joanne Rondel
1990/1 – Sarah Maull
1991/2 – Carolyn Foulkes
1992/3 – Fiona Motherway
1995/6 – Ludmilla Marchadier
1996/7 – Helen Lyons
1997/8 – Catrin Johnson
1998/9 – Edda Hadardottir
1999/2000 – Louise Reitberger
2000/1 – Susan Atherton
2001/2 – Rebecca Cooper
2003/4 – Lucy Crowe
2004/5 – Bentina Tryggvadottir
2005/6 – Yuan Yuan Zhou
2006/7 – Katherine Crotty
2007/8 – Marina Makryniotis
2008/9 – Jessica Dean
2009/10 – Kate Symonds-Joy
2010/11 – Harriet Eyley

 
Biography

Alice Rose Privett studied with Professor Susan McCulloch at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and graduated in 2011 with a First Class Honours degree and the the Concert Recital Diploma. At the GSMD she was also the recipient of the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize and the first prize in the Susan Longfield Award. She sings with the ensemble 'Cries of London' who won first prize in the Royal Overseas League (2011).

"The Jennifer Vyvyan Award has enabled me to continue my studies at Postgraduate level, and I am very honoured to be taught by Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp at the Royal Academy. The course so far has offered innumerable opportunities for performance and really fantastic tutoring; I am very excited to be immersed in such a stimulating environment. I am particularly enjoying the staged opera scenes and the emphasis placed on good preparation, both musically and dramatically; I hope and expect to leave the course with a much better sense of how to prepare a character for both operatic and recital stages, as well as an improved technique."

Alice's previous operatic roles include Poppea L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Longborough Festival Opera), Venus Venus and Adonis, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (The Complete Singer) Serpina La Serva Padrona (self produced), Belinda Dido and Aeneas (Ad Parnassum, Venice), and First Bridesmaid/cover of Susanna Nozze di Figaro (BYO). In scenes at the RAM this spring she will play Agrippina.This summer she will sing Papagena and cover Pamina for Longborough Festival Opera.

During her undergraduate course at the GSMD she has had the benefit of working with Elijah Moshinsky, Sarah Walker, Eugene Asti at the Wigmore Hall and Iain Burnside (in the recent premiere of his play Unknown Doors in the Barbican Pit Theatre). She has also participated in masterclasses with Rudolph Piernay in Salzburg, Thomas Kiesgen and Edith Wiens at GSMD and Joan Dornemann as part of the IVAI programme in Tel Aviv (associated with the Metropolitan Opera).

The holder of the scholarship for 2010/11 is:

Harriet Eyley

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Harriet Eyley


Previous holders from 1985 on:
1985/6 – Helen Mason
1986/7 – Nancy Yuen
1987/8 – Helen Astrid
1988/9 – Dawn Williamson
1989/90 – Joanne Rondel
1990/1 – Sarah Maull
1991/2 – Carolyn Foulkes
1992/3 – Fiona Motherway
1995/6 – Ludmilla Marchadier
1996/7 – Helen Lyons
1997/8 – Catrin Johnson
1998/9 – Edda Hadardottir
1999/2000 – Louise Reitberger
2000/1 – Susan Atherton
2001/2 – Rebecca Cooper
2003/4 – Lucy Crowe
2004/5 – Bentina Tryggvadottir
2005/6 – Yuan Yuan Zhou
2006/7 – Katherine Crotty
2007/8 – Marina Makryniotis
2008/9 – Jessica Dean
2009/10 – Kate Symonds-Joy
Soprano, Harriet Eyley, recently auditioned for the Royal Opera House’s production of ‘Tannhäuser’, is a determined and hard working musician who aims to share her passion with others. Winner of the ‘Association of English Singers and Speakers recital’ in 2007 and the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire concerto trials, she is at the very beginning of her career, currently on the undergraduate programme at the Royal Academy of Music.

She has been very fortunate over past years, having been a student at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire as well as being able to study at the Academy last year during her A Levels, in preparation for her undergraduate degree.

“The Jennifer Vyvyan Award has contributed towards me being able to study with Iain Ledingham as well as continue my second year under the careful guidance of Lillian Watson who is normally a vocal teacher to postgraduate and opera students- I know how fortunate I am to have her as my singing tutor!”

“It is warming to see that Lucy Crowe, a former student of my previous teacher Coral Gould, is a past recipient of this award too, along with Kate Symonds-Joy, who also studies with Lillian Watson. I feel very privileged to be following in their footsteps with the generous support of this award”

The past ‘Intermediate’ year at the Royal Academy of Music has been full of personal challenges. Earlier in the year Harriet was understudy for two characters in the Academy’s production of the opera ‘Albert Herring’ directed by John Copley. “It was an amazing experience working with professional musicians and directors. As well as juggling school work and music, it really made me think –‘Yes, this is definitely what I’m working towards!”

“I have many more years of training ahead of me. With my love of learning, I hope to not only increase my technical ability and stage craft but to explore different characters and styles of music. I am extremely thankful to the Jennifer Vyvyan Award for its help in continuing my studies”




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The holder of the scholarship for 2009/10 is:


KATE SYMONDS-JOY


Kate Symonds-Joy

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British mezzo, currently on the Academy’s opera course after taking a First in music at Gonville & Caius, Cambridge and recently seen as Florence Pike in a student show of Britten’s Albert Herring directed by John Copley. She studies with Lillian Watson and Audrey Hyland, and already has an active performing career that includes Ravel at the Purcell Room, Rutter at the Barbican, Mozart's Requiem at Snape Maltings, and Giles Swayne's Stabat Mater at Smith Square. She will record the Swayne for Naxos during 2010, and has been selected to study Schumann Lieder with Malcolm Martineau on the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme.

“My time so far on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music has been one of considerable change and improvement. The generous support of the Jennifer Vyvyan Award enables me to study with Lillian Watson and Audrey Hyland, who I believe have both been instrumental in making significant technical steps in my singing.

The central feature of the opera course thus far has been the excellent stage experience I have gained. Having been involved in all three operas in my first year (Ino in Handel’s Semele, Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring and Medea in Cavalli’s Il Giasone) I have benefitted greatly from the opportunity to throw myself into developing a very wide range of characters and singing in very contrasting vocal styles. I have gained more practical stage craft, having been involved in productions requiring technical knowledge, many props, costumes, issues of movement and lighting. This has enhanced my confidence on stage. I have also had the chance to work with three excellent directors and conductors, all very different in style and way of working, which has made me more aware of the different ways to approach productions.
 
This year has also been incredibly fruitful in performing opportunities of an ever-increasing standard. Outside of the Academy I have increased my experience and musical contacts, singing a variety of professional engagements in opera, recital and oratorio work. I have been successful in securing many future projects and affirming musical contacts.

I have high hopes for the year to come, which I hope will bring further technical improvement, the opportunity for further stage experience and the chance to master my command of languages and new repertoire. I am incredibly grateful to the Jennifer Vyvyan Award for making this possible.”
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