Please note that, while we will make every effort to schedule the festival so that all the prizes can be awarded, this might not be possible in all cases.
Prizes will be awarded at the time if possible, but if logistics do not allow it then winners will be notified after the festival
The John Miller Prize: Sponsored by the Guild of King Alfred Players, this prize of £100 is awarded to a young singer competing in Recital Classes 83 – 86. The winner is chosen by the singing adjudicator.
The Wantage Town Shield: Donated by the Wantage Town Council, this is an annual trophy, awarded to a singer over 28 competing in the Festival vocal classes. The winner is chosen by the singing adjudicator.
The Opera Unmasked Prize: This prize of £100 is awarded to a singer, competing in Opera Class 60. The winner is chosen by the singing adjudicator.
The Ken Cooper Cup: During the Festival, the instrumental adjudicator will select an exceptional instrumentalist over 18 for this award.
The John Durrant Prize: Sponsored by the Guild of King Alfred Players. During the Festival, the instrumental adjudicator will select an exceptional instrumentalist under 18 for this £100 award.
The Challow Park Chamber Music Prize: Sponsored by the Challow Park Music Trust this prize of £100 is awarded to a group competing in Chamber Music class 280. Clearly this is subject to current rules allowing chamber music performances.
The Festival organisers are grateful to all who have funded or donated our prizes and trophies. This allows us to recognise outstanding performances. The prizes and trophies can be presented because of the generosity of The Guild of King Alfred Players (John Miller and John Durrant Prizes), Alan Cooper (Ken Cooper cup in memory of Alan’s father), Opera Unmasked (the Opera Unmasked Prize), The Challow Park Music Trust, Waitrose and Partners, and Wantage Town Council.
We are also very grateful to Opera Unmasked for donation of design and printing costs and to 34SP who are providing web hosting, helping to raise the profile of the festival.