Students win prestigious song duo competition

Louise FullerTrinity Laban fourth year BMus Performance student Louise Fuller (pictured) and MMus student Rebecca Cohen have won the prestigious 2014 Lillian Ash French Song Competition held at Trinity Laban in February.

Fifteen Trinity Laban song duets participated in the preliminary round of the competition in January, with six progressing to the final.

Performing in the Peacock Room students performed works written in the French language by French composers after 1800 to a packed audience and adjudicator Andrew Ball. Soprano Louise was accompanied by Rebecca on the piano for their winning rendition of songs by Debussy and Ravel.

Linda Hirst, Trinity Laban's Head of Vocal Studies, said: "Louise was surprised and delighted to win this competition with Rebecca in her final BMus year and I have had such pleasure in seeing her singing develop with such artistry as well as beauty of sound.

"The Lillian Ash competition is always a joy, as repertoire choices are interesting and presentation is professional and engaging from all the duos."

The other finalists were Clara Fournillier (soprano) and Raya Humphries, piano; William Davies (tenor) and Clare Simmonds, piano; Julia Weatherley (soprano) and Panaratos Kyriatzidis, piano; Kirsty McLean (soprano) and Ashley Beauchamp, piano; and Grace Carter (soprano) and Rebecca Cohen, piano.

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