The Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2021

Uniquely rewarding potential as well as achievement

Judging panel

Rosa Mannion, Morag McLaren and Christopher Middleton

Chaired by

Saffron van Zwanenberg (Artistic Director)

Supported by

The Rosemary Bugden Trust and Jackdaws Patrons

1st Prize


2nd Prize


3rd Prize


Pianist’s prize


Preliminary Round Auditions

13th (eve) & 14th (all day) November at Royal Academy of Music


3rd December 12-4:30pm at Lehane-Wishart Studio, Jackdaws, Frome, Somerset.

Please ensure you are available for the final before you apply.

  • The competition is open to singers (and pianists) aged between twenty-two and thirty years of age inclusive as of the date of the final.
  • Singers may apply for the award a maximum of three times*
  • Previous prize-winners may not re-apply (singers only)*
  • All material must be sung from memory in all rounds.
  • Competitors must provide a copy of the music for the jury.
  • Each candidate will be allowed a maximum of fifteen minutes in the prelim round and up to 20 mins in the final. (Preliminary panel may not hear all material)

(*if you applied to the 2020 virtual vocal awards this is not included in these conditions)


  • A song or aria by Handel
  • A song or aria by Peter Wishart
  • A song or aria of competitor’s own choice

A separate repertoire from the same sources PLUS one more own choice piece (4 in total for final) will be required for the finals.


Applications must be made online and returned with your entry fee paid, copy of birth certificate, curriculum vitae and the names of two referees by 5pm on Friday 5th November 2021 (Referees will only be contacted if applicant progresses to final, when both referees will be asked to supply a full reference.)

Applications can made here.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of £25. (If you are not offered an audition the entry fee will be returned but not if you have to withdraw)

Please note that making an application does not guarantee a preliminary audition, although we will make every effort to hear as many people as possible.

Only complete applications will be considered.

We will notify people of auditions by email only.

If you progress to the final you will be offered a bursary to contribute to your travel to Jackdaws.

N.B. Some of Peter Wishart’s songs are published in single copies by Banks Music Publications and Jackdaws Music Education Trust; a volume of twelve of his songs has been published by Stainer and Bell. There is a complete list on our website.  For further information, contact: Jackdaws, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset BA11 3NY or telephone 01373 812383. You may transpose the songs.


Competitors may provide their own pianist who, if between ages of 22-30, will automatically be entered for the Pianist’s Prize. Or make use of the official pianist. A fee of £20 to use the official pianist is payable. Please state on your form if you require this service. The official pianist has limited availability so we cannot guarantee this service if you change your mind at a later date.

The Jury’s decision will be final. The Jury reserves the right not to make an award if it considers the standard to be unsatisfactory.