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The Gold Medal 2023

Guildhall School's prestigious prize for musicians

Gold Medal 2022 winner Stephanie Tang holding up the medal and smiling

The final of Guildhall School's most prestigious music prize, offering the chance to enjoy 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 singers take centre stage, performing with piano and with Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, who will also present an overture from Smyth's The Wreckers.

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


Miku Yasukawa soprano
songs and arias by Strauss, Debussy, Ravel, Mozart, Verdi and Hayasaka

Michael Lafferty-Smith baritone
songs and arias by Schubert, Rowarth, Barber, Ravel, Poulenc and Korngold

Alexandra Achillea Pouta mezzo soprano
songs and arias by Messiaen, Santoliquido, Varèse, Ligeti, Ravel, Bellini and Szymanowski

Lorna McLean soprano
songs and arias by Cilea, Griffes, Poulenc, Strauss, Puccini, Mozart and Wagner

Presented by Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Pictured: 2022 Gold Medal winner, pianist Stephanie Tang © CliveTotman

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