The Williams-Howard Prize is a new competition at the Royal Northern College of Music for singers and pianists for 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates.
It was established by Michael Harper, Vocal Tutor at RNCM, to promote the study and performance of art songs of composers of African heritage. These often-neglected songs display lyricism, drama, history, and legacy of civilisations.
This concert will showcase the exceptional talents of the winners of the inaugural competition and give the audiences of the Buxton International Festival a rare chance to experience this glorious music.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor First Prize: Georgie Malcolm (soprano) and Edward Campbell-Rowntree (pianist)
Avril Coleridge-Taylor Second Prize: Cherie Tse (soprano) and Mason Greenwood (piano)
‘Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.’
James Baldwin Writer, playwright, novelist, poet, social critic and activist
Night - Florence Price (1887-1953) Words: Louise C Wallace (Georgie Malcolm with Edward Campbell-Rowntree)
Big Lady Moon - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) Words: Kathleen Mary Easmon
I Grew a Rose - Florence Price Words: Paul Laurence Dunbar (Cherie Tse with Mason Greenwood)
Reading: Touched by an Angel - Maya Angelou (1928-2014) (Hakeem Henderson)
Love Let the Wind Cry…How I Adore Thee - Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989) (Georgie Malcolm with Edward Campbell-Rowntree)
Fairy Roses; Hold Fast to Dreams - Florence Price (Cherie Tse with Mason Greenwood)
Reading: Frederick Douglass - Robert Hayden (1913-1980)
Lilacs - George Walker (1922-2018) Words: Walt Whitman (Georgie Malcolm with Edward Campbell-Rowntree)
Reading: Sadie and Maud - Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) (Hakeem Henderson)
Four Words - Franz Hepburn (unknown) (Cherie Tse with Mason Greenwood)
Piano sonata No. 1, Theme and Six Variations George Walker (Edward Campbell-Rowntree)
Reading: I Love Home Susan Nalugwa Kiguli (Hakeem Henderson)
This Little Light of Mine - Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) (Georgie Malcolm with Edward Campbell-Rowntree)
Come Down Angels - Undine Smith Moore (Cherie Tse with Mason Greenwood)
Peace on Earth - Errollyn Wallen (b.1958) (Georgie Malcolm, Cherie Tse, Mason Greenwood)