Thomas Ridley Foodservice are delighted that Clare Presland from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk has won the cherished Chilcott Award. Hugh & Jen Godfrey of Thomas Ridley Foodservice have supported Clare since she was 15 years old and have followed her career with interest. This recognition could not have been given to someone more deserving, we are all tremendously proud of her and to top it all she is such a wonderfully lovely person. 30 year old mezzo-soprano, Clare Presland, has won the £10,000 Chilcott Award. The award is given to a 'major young artist with the potential to make an international impact'
Clare Presland, who is shortly to sing the role of Miss Jessel in Nevill Holt Opera's production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw (5 & 6 July), was chosen following audition from over 40 young singers who applied.
Clare Presland has appeared at English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Garsington Opera and with Opera UpClose. Forthcoming engagements include Mercedes in Carmen (ENO), Young Lover in Tansy Davies's Between Worlds (ENO at The Barbican), Wowkle in La Fanciulla del West at English National Opera, and Christina in the world premiere of Søren Nils Eichberg's Glare at the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House. She trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is the recipient of awards such as a 2012 Grange Park Opera Scholarship, was a finalist in the Maureen Lehane vocal awards 2011 at Wigmore Hall, winning the Odette Sansom Memorial prize for English song and is also a Britten Pears Young Artist. Clare will use her award to fund ongoing singing lessons with her singing professor, Robert Dean, language tuition, performance coaching as well as to support travel/audition and promotional costs.