The 30th Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Final

Later this month the preliminary audition round for the 30th Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards is taking place at the Royal academy of Music in London. 

A distinguished panel will hear singers perform their choice of a Peter Wishart song and a piece by Handel, repertoire the competition’s founder Maureen Lehane, was celebrated for interpreting, plus a  piece of their own choice.

From the preliminary applicants 8 will be selected to go forward to the final round in Wigmore Hall on June 13th at 1pm.

It is always a wonderful event and typically a chance to hear some of the finest up and coming young singers.

Why not spread the word and bring a friend to the final. Tickets can be purchased here.

The final judging panel is made up of wonderful previous winners of the award, Sarah Fox (1996) and Ben Johnson (2005) alongside eminent pianist Gary Mathewman and Chaired by our Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg. They are all looking forward to it immensely and will be delighted for the finalists to see an enthusiastic audience in place.

You also have an important job to do, there is an audience prize to be decided as well!

The competition is run to commemorate the life and work of Maureen Lehane, who not only set up this competition, then called the Great Elm/Jackdaws competition, but also founded Jackdaws Music Education Trust – also celebrating its 30th birthday alongside the competition this year.

Jackdaws was formally opened by our founding president Dame Joan Sutherland on June 12th in 1993 and has gone on to enable creative expression for thousands musicians of all ages and abilities by bringing music to life through our weekend courses and outreach programme (which typically works with 3,000 children and young people across the South West every year). If you are interested in supporting this work or indeed the competition directly please see ways to support us and contact our development manager on for more information.

Joan Sutherland opening Jackdaws