Award-winners announced

One of Garsington Opera’s key objectives is to discover, encourage and nurture the best young performing talent. As part of this we present annual awards to two young artists from the company in recognition of their extraordinary talent, musical skill and contribution to productions. The 2014 Helen Clarke Award has been won by Bradley Travis and the Simon Sandbach Award by Richard Dowling, both of whom performed in the choruses of Fidelio and The Cunning Little Vixen.

Both singers return in 2015. Bradley will sing 'German Father', 'Priest in St Marks' and '6th Boy on Board' and understudy the role of the 'Traveller' in Britten’s Death in Venice, while Richard will sing the roles of the 'Glass Maker' and '1st Boy on Board' in Death in Venice, as well as understudying 'Baron Lummer' in Intermezzo.

Bradley Travis, 2014 Helen Clarke Award-winner I am very pleased to receive this award. Garsington Opera is so important to me as it was my first professional job after leaving the Royal College of Music and proved to be a highly rewarding, creative and enjoyable experience.

Bradley studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where he was the Drapers’ de Turckheim Scholar, winner of the Alexander Young Award and a finalist in the Frederic Cox Award.  He recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) where he won the Eric Joseph Shilling Award for Opera. He also received a Sir Gordon Palmer Scholarship supported by the South Square Trust Award. He is a Samling Scholar and studies with Russell Smythe.

Richard Dowling, 2014 Simon Sandbach Award-winner The award couldn’t have come at a better time and I am delighted. It is always expensive to pay for all the necessary vocal and language coaching and as I am soon to finish my time at music college the award will help to soften this financial burden.

Richard is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is supported through the Fordyce and Karaviotis scholarships, taught by Neil Mackie and coached by Audrey Hyland. At the Academy he recently appeared as Le Prince in Massenet’s Cendrillon. He is a keen recitalist and last year won the song prize in the Hampshire Singing Competition. Richard also has a PhD in the field of crystallisation.