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Mendl-Schrama Prize in Music 2022

Maryam Wocial

Auditions for the Mendl-Schrama Prize in Music were held at last after covid-related postponements on 5 March, 2022. The auditions took place in the Holywell Music Room, the oldest purpose-built recital venue in Europe, hosting its first event in 1748.

Since the last time the prize was awarded, it has been opened up to pianists and singers across the University, and the standard of the applicants was very high as a result. There were eight singers, or singer/pianist duos who applied from ten different colleges.

The unanimous winner of the £1000 prize was soprano, Maryam Wocial, a third-year music student from Lincoln, who also sings in Univ Chapel Choir.

It was decided that soprano and pianist, Sian Sulke and Alfie Fardell from St. Peter’s were worthy of note, so a second prize of £250 each was created for them. Congratulations to them all.

Heleen Mendl-Schrama smiling

Mrs Heleen Mendl-Schrama

Maryam will give her winner’s recital in the Holywell early in 2023, with more details announced in due course.

The College would like to thank Mrs Heleen Mendl-Schrama for her generosity in providing for this prize. It would also like to thank the other panelists; Teresa Cahill, soprano, Julian Jacobson, pianist and Dominic Scott, pianist and philosophy professor.

Current music students Hannah Capstick and Laura Kirkham also need thanking for making sure the event ran smoothly.

Giles Underwood
Director of Music

Find out more about the Mendl-Schrama Prize on our Music page.

Published: 15 March 2022

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