of the audience prize.
Visit Wales, the tourism team of the Welsh Assembly
Government, is to sponsor the BBC Cardiff Singer of the
World Audience Prize for a third successive competition.
The idea to sponsor an audience prize was very well received
when introduced in 2003 by the then Wales Tourist Board
and Chilean soprano, Angela Marambio, was was the first
winner. The prize is for the most popular singer voted
for by members of the audience at St David's Hall, Cardiff
together with the TV, radio and online audiences at the
end of the five preliminary rounds.
The popular award attracts thousands of votes from around
the world, giving watchers and listeners the chance to
select their choice. The result of the poll will be announced
on the day of the competition final, Sunday, 17 June.
Andrew Davies, Welsh Assembly Government Minister
for Enterprise, Innovation and Networks, said of the continued
support for the award, “The Welsh Assembly Government
is proud to back Visit Wales’ sponsorship
of this world-class event and knows that our country’s
prestige throughout the world is enhanced by this competition.
Sponsorship of this (Audience) prize is recognition of
the fact that music is very much a part of people’s
lives in Wales and that it is popular.'
New sponsorship for finalists
in memory of Richard Lewis.
Richard Lewis as Don Ottavio at Glyndebourne
memory of the distinguished tenor Richard Lewis will live
on with a new award for young singers at the start of
their careers. Young singers competing in BBC Cardiff
Singer of the World 2007, will benefit from substantial
sponsorship from the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Trust.
In addition to the £15,000 prize received by the
Competition’s winner, the four other finalists will
now each receive £2,500. This has been made possible
thanks to new sponsorship from the Trust, created in memory
of the internationally distinguished singer.
Mrs Elizabeth Muir-Lewis said, “Several logical
things inspired our Trust to sponsor BBC Cardiff Singer
of the World in memory of my husband Richard Lewis. He
was a Welshman, born in Manchester; an internationally
distinguished singer and he loved the competition for
all it does for the world of singing, held in a country
close to his roots and heart. As a singer of international
renown his name can only add lustre to what is already
“Our Trust gives vital financial support to the
finalists in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, while
at the same time the artistry and voice of Richard Lewis
lives on. I cannot think of a better place for his name
to resonate in and I am sure he would have been absolutely
The Trust’s ongoing sponsorship
of the biennial singing event will increase for each competition.
When Richard Lewis died in 1990 his widow Elizabeth set
about raising money to find an award in his name. She
met the distinguished pathologist Dr Jean Shanks, a lover
of music who wished to endow some special causes in pathology
and music. As an admirer of Richard Lewis, Dr Shanks agreed
to support Elizabeth’s fund and a charity was formed
to be known as the Richard Lewis/ Jean Shanks Trust.
In 1993 the Trust founded an award at Glyndebourne for
a singer to have further studies at The London Opera Centre.
In 2002 the Trust founded a competition at The Royal Academy
of Music for post graduate students (1st prize £10,000,
2nd prize £5,000), now in its successful fifth year.
Dr Shanks died in 2001. In her will she left a generous
legacy to the Trust, enabling it to support the John Christie
Award at Glyndebourne, sponsor the understudy department
at Glyndebourne and now the BBC Cardiff Singer of the
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2007
runs from Saturday, June 9 to Sunday, June17.
The Main Prize ompetition is at St David’s Hall,
Cardiff, from Sunday, June 10 to Thursday, June 14 with
the final on Sunday, June 17.
The Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize runs alongside the Main
Competition with concerts at the New Theatre, Cardiff
from Saturday, June 9 to Tuesday, June 12 with a final
at St David’s Hall on Friday, June 15.
There are also Master Classes at the New Theatre, Cardiff
on Saturday, June 16.
Booking information: Booking opens on
February 24.All tickets can be purchased in person or
by telephone either from St David's Hall box office (Tel.
029 20 87 8444) or New Theatre box office (Tel. 029 2087
Tickets for BBC Cardiff Singer for the World concerts
and final at St David’s Hall and the final of the
Rosenblatt Recital Song prize at St David’s Hall
can also be bought online by visiting www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk.
Tickets for the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize preliminary
concerts and Master Classes at the New Theatre can be
bought online by visiting www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk.
A Booking Form can also be downloaded from www.