BACH SINGERS PRIZE 2006-2017 Winners and Finalists

Here are profiles of the previous winners.

2006 Elodie Kimmel soprano  (France)

Elodie Kimmel winner in 2006

Elodie Kimmel began her vocal studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève studying with Gilles Cachemaille. In September 2004 she became a student on the postgraduate diploma course at the Royal College of Music studying with Kathleen Livingstone and graduated with distinction in June 2006. She won the first LBS Bach Singers Prize in 2006 with an accomplished presentation of Bach arias to an enthusiastic audience at London’s St. John’s, Smith Square. Having completed her studies Elodie has appeared in various recitals and concerts in the UK and in Glyndebourne’s staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in 2007. Since returning to her native France, Elodie has moved into Opera with performances this year in Rouen and next year at Versailles.

The other finalists were: Christopher Ainslie, Andrew Radley Lucy Page

2008 Jolanta Kowalska soprano (Poland)

Jolanta Kowalska is from Cracow, Poland and she won the 2nd LBS Bach Singers’ Prize in November 2008 with her beautifully devised and presented mixed Bach programme that included arias from Mass in B minor, Magnificat, Cantatas BWV 127 and Cantata BWV 211 (Coffee Cantata). Each finalist was also required to include a recitative and Jolanta chose hers from Cantata BWV 199.  Chosen as a Polish Ministry of Culture scholar from 2004-2008, Jolanta Kowalska graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Cracow and, as a “Młoda Polska scholar,  studied with Ameral Gunson at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She has taken part in Master Classes with Paul Esswood and Barbara Schlick and in July 2008 won the Christa Bach Foundation award at the XVI Internationaler Johann-Sebastian-Bach Wettbewerb in Leipzig. Further information about Jolanta’s career can be fund on her website

The other finalists were: Hugo Oliveira, Christopher Lowrey, Jonathan Sells

2010 Sarah Power soprano  (Ireland)

Sarah Power winner in 2010

Dublin-born soprano Sarah Power graduated from the National opera Studio in 2009 and continues her studies with Susan McCulloch. Among her numerous achievements  in 2010 were 2nd Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition  and finalist in the Handel Singing Competition promoted as part of the annual London Handel Festival. She capped the year by winning the 3rd LBS  Bach Singers Prize with her stylishly presented mixed Bach programme.   Since then her diary has been well-stocked with recital, concert and opera appearances across the country and abroad. To follow Sarah’s career visit

Sarah’s latest news: Sarah was one of Scottish Opera’s “Emerging Artists ” in 2014.  

The other finalists were:  Thomas Elwin, Rachel Redmond, Greg Tassell

2013 Nick Pritchard tenor (UK)

Winner in 2013 Nick Pritchard tenor

Winner in 2013
Nick Pritchard tenor

Our youngest winner at 24 years old, Nick Pritchard is a former Choral Scholar at New College Oxford and is currently studying at the Royal College of Music on a Maidment Scholarship from the Musicians Benevolent Fund. His solo work ranges from Opera to Oratorio and his ensemble work includes appearances with the London Handel Singers, The Sixteen and the Monteverdi Choir.

He now has a very busy schedule singing Bach with various UK societes. To follow Nick’s diary visit his website

The other finalists were:  Anna Harvey, Esther Brazil, Alexandra Kidgell

2015  Anna Harvey mezzo soprano (UK)   

Anna Harvey, Mezzo Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey studied on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music under Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, graduating with the Alumni Development Award for a singularly distinguished studentship. An emerging artist, engagements this season include house debuts at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (Zulma L’Italiana in Algeri, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Groom/Theatregardrobiere/Gymnasiast Lulu, Kay Die Schneekönigin), Landertheater Altenburg in Gera (Mayor’s Wife Jenůfa, Gold) and Theater Nordhausen (Page Salome).  Other engagements so far include an appearance at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, a recording for Hyperion directed by Jonathan Cohen, a performance of Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday at the Royal Albert Hall, and covers of Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus for Welsh National Opera.  From May 2017 she becomes a WNO Associate Artist and recipient of the Chris Ball Bursary. 

The other finalists were: Hiroshi Amko, Louise Wayman, Rosie Lomas

2017 Jessica Dandy  contralto (UK)

Jessica Dandy jpg

 27 year-old contralto Jessica Dandy from Barrow-in-Furness won the London Bach Society’s 6th Bach Singers Prize competition with her programme of recitatives and arias from solo Cantata BWV 170 and BWV 35. Jess is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity College Cambridge. She was a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2014 and has performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall, Milton Court and Barbican Hall.

Her current portfolio of achievements contains a range of opera, recitals, concert work and participation in Master Classes and she plans to use her Prize money of £2,500 on travel to and from auditions in the UK and Europe, further lessons with teacher Gary Coward, coachings with Hilary Summers and Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and attendance at further Master Classes.

The other finalists were: Hiroshi Amako, Rebecca Lea and Alexander Simpson.

Bach Singers’ Prize 2017: Read Jury Member Jessica Duchen’s Blog. Click on the link. 

Next Competition: to be announced.

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