The George London Foundation for Singers: Update
O n Sunday 26 October at New York’s Pierpont Morgan Library, the George London Foundation for Singers held its first recital of the 1998-99 season, starring Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and 1996 London Foundation Award winner soprano Christine Goerke. Bryn Terfel spoke of his admiration for George London. «I’ve learned a great deal from studying George London’s Voice of Firestone videos and his recordings. His Madryka under Solti is unsurpassable! His voice was like a cello throughout its register. I aspire to sing like that, but I doubt I’ll ever be quite as good.»
Upcoming London Foundation recitals feature soprano Sheri Greenawald and baritone James Westman on 8 February and mezzo Florence Quivar and baritone Victor Benedetti on 19 April 1998 (tickets: 212-685-0008, ext. 347).
Each year two London prizes are designated for Canadian singers. Last April Canadian baritone James Westman won a $5000.00 George London Foundation award and Canadian bass Randall Jakobsh won a $1000.00 encouragement grant. «George was born in Montreal and always maintained close ties to Canada,» explained Mrs. London, President of the Foundation. «Many of our winners are Canadian and we encourage Canadian singers to apply. I hope we’ll be able to establish a George London Recital in Toronto next year.»
The 1998 Competition is open to Canadian and US citizens born after 1 January 1963 who have had at least one professional engagement. Application forms may be obtained from the Foundation at tel: 212-772-2768 / fax: 212-396 9772. There is no entry fee, but applications must be postmarked before 15 January 1998. Consult the George London Foundation web site at