Will Thomas was born in Harpenden and in 2013 he gained a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BMus) and is currently studying under the guidance of John Evans on the Masters Programme at The Guildhall School and will continue his studies on the prestigious Opera Course in September 2018.
In 2014 Will received 2nd Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary Competition for Young Singers.
Most recently, Will covered the roles of Il Tempo and Antinoo in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with the Royal Opera at the Roundhouse.
In summer 2018 he will join the Glyndebourne Chorus as a Jerwood Young Artist and will also perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Lyon under Leonard Slatkin.
Will performed as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the Birmingham Symphony Hall with the CBSO, which was broadcast on BBC radio 3, January 2016 and sang with the Monteverdi Choir in August 2017 at the BBC proms and Festival Berlioz in France.
Will is a Help Musicians UK Maidment award holder.
Other featured winners
British bass James Platt studied at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
A member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden his roles there include Caronte Orfeo, Dr Grenvil La Traviata and Blansac in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta. James recently made his debut with the Welsh National Opera as High Priest of Baal Nabucco.
Born in London, Kate Royal studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Awards include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, the 2004 John Christie Award, and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. Kate was a Joaninha Trust runner-up winner in 2004.
Scottish Mezzo Soprano Katie Coventry is in her final year at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studies with Tim Evans-Jones as the Independent Opera Voice Scholar.
She is an ENO Harewood Artist and recently made her professional début with the company as Edith in Pirates of Penzance.
Kyu Choi is a South Korean Baritone, who graduated from the Korea National University of Arts before taking up a place at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied for his Master’s degree which supported by the San Martino Scholarship in 2016.
Rebecca von Lipinski
Rebecca von Lipinski was born in Mansfield and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music‚ supported by the Peter Moores Foundation‚ and at the National Opera Studio in London. Her awards include the Clonter Opera Prize‚ the Audience Prize and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award.
Robyn Allegra Parton
A finalist in the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and holder of the Helen Clarke Award from Garsington Opera, Robyn Allegra Parton read Music at Worcester College, Oxford, before furthering her studies at the Royal College of Music, London, and completing the Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship and ENO’s Opera Works programme.