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The Gold Medal 2021

Guildhall's most prestigious prize for musicians

Gold Medal winner 2020 Soohong Park holding the medal next to Jonathan Vaughan

The final of Guildhall School's most prestigious music prize, offering the chance to enjoy an online broadcast of songs and arias performed by four outstanding Guildhall vocalists. 

Guildhall School’s premier music prize was founded in 1915 and since the 1950s it has been open to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years. This year it’s the turn of the singers, who will perform with piano and with Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Natalie Murray Beale.

Previous winners of the Gold Medal include Jacqueline du Pré (1960), Tasmin Little (1986) and Sir Bryn Terfel (1989).


Thando Mjandana tenor
Songs and arias by Bellini, Mbeki Mbali, Leoncavallo, Donizetti and Mozart

Laura Lolita Perešivana soprano
Songs and arias by Jake Heggie, R. Schumann, Vītols, Rachmaninov, Alyabyev, Handel and Rossini

Olivia Boen soprano
Songs and arias by Messiaen, Marx, Maconchy, Rachmaninov, Leoncavallo, R. Strauss and Carlisle Floyd

Tom Mole baritone
Songs and arias by Rachmaninov, Wolf, Finzi, Moss, Stravinsky, Verdi and Bizet

Presented by Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The 2021 Gold Medal is dedicated to the memory of Adrian Thorne