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Masterclass 10:30—13:00

Competition 14:00—17:00


Lancaster Hall Hotel

35 Craven Terrace

London W2 3EL

Tickets are available from the London Song Festival website: 

and at the door.
Adult                         £20
Concession              £15
Student                     £5
Tickets for the morning and afternoon sessions are sold separately, so anyone wishing to hear both sessions will need to purchase two tickets.

The Competition

The masterclass is open to voice and piano duos age 32 and under, who will be selected by audition. Each duo is asked to present two Lieder, sung in German, at least one of which must be by Schubert. At the end of the afternoon session, Lucy Crowe will select the best duo, who will win the 2023 Schubert Song Prize. They will receive a cash prize kindly donated by the Schubert Society of Britain, and be invited to give a recital as part of the 2024 London Song Festival as well as a recital for the Schubert Society in 2024.

This is the only singing competition in which the winner is selected as a result of a ‘working session’ rather than the traditional competitive set-up. The aim is to have a competition that avoids the negative ‘competitive’ element of every other competition.

The Schubert Society of Britain

in association with

The German YMCA



London Song Festival 2023

Masterclass & Prize Giving

with internationally acclaimed soprano 

Lucy Crowe

Saturday, 04 November 2023, 10:30/14:00 

Lucy Crowe

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Born in Staffordshire, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is a Fellow. She received an OBE in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours.

With repertoire ranging from Purcell, Handel and Mozart to Donizetti’s Adina and Verdi’s Gilda she has sung with opera companies & orchestras throughout the world, including the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, the Teatro Real Madrid,

the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Haïm, Oramo and Nelsons, The Berlin Philharmonic/Harding and Nelsons, Vienna Philharmonic/Nelsons, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Egarr, Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Nézet-Séguin, the Monteverdi Orchestra/Gardiner, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle.

Recent opera appearances include her debut at Dutch National Opera in the title role Rodelinda, Poppea Agrippina at the Royal Opera House, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera and Pamina Die Zauberflöte at the Liceu Barcelona. In the 2022/23 season Lucy returns to the Royal Opera House for Musetta La Boheme.

Highlights in concert this season include a European tour of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, which is also performed at the BBC Proms, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with the Dunedin Consort, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest and with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BRSO), concerts of Haydn and Schubert arias also with the BRSO, Morgana Alcina with the Les Violons du Roy in Quebec and Montreal, and her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra for concerts of selected Mozart arias.

In recital she has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Mostly Mozart and Salzburg Festivals and the BBC Proms. Lucy has a vast discography. Her debut disc for Linn records featuring Berg, Strauss, and Schoenberg was released in the summer of 2021. Lucy received a Grammy nomination in 2021 for Best Opera Recording for Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the London Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Simon Rattle.

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