Trinity Laban fourth year BMus vocal student Nardus Williams has been awarded the Audrey Strange Memorial Prize for Most Promising Young Singer at the 62nd annual Royal Overseas League music competition.
Nardus made it through a series of preliminary rounds, competing against over 60 musicians to become one of the final six competitors. For her final performance Nardus sang Let the Florid Music Praise by Britten, Alternate Hopes and Fears by Handel, Gretchen am Spinnarade by Schubert and Come Scoglio by Mozart.
Nardus said: "I only decided to enter the Royal Overseas League competition because David Thomas, my Trinity Laban teacher, thought it would be good experience for me, and I really didn't expect to get very far. In fact I hadn't even prepared anything to sing beyond the first round, so when I did get through to the second round, I had just a few hours to re-learn repertoire for it.
"To go from entering the competition for the experience, to being awarded the prize for Most Promising Young Singer, is a dream come true. I am incredibly grateful to Trinity Laban for having given me such amazing opportunities during my time here, and also for the expert guidance and support from David and head of the Vocal Department, Linda Hirst.. I am also very grateful to be the recipient of the Helen Roll Charitable Trust Award."