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Vocalist wins prestigious Trinity Laban Gold Medal Showcase

Soprano Nardus Williams has won the hotly contested Trinity Laban Gold Medal Showcase, the first time a vocal student has won this prestigious inter-departmental competition for elite students.

Nardus, who graduated with First Class Honours from Trinity Laban in 2014, sang a programme of Mozart, Schubert and Frank Bridge, accompanied by another recent graduate, pianist and Leverhulme Junior Fellow in Accompaniment, Panaretos Kyriatzidis.

In closing remarks, adjudicator and former Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor John Wallace CBE, said: "This Showcase has us asking profound questions about what music really is, and the attributes that a conservatoire like Trinity Laban is looking for in its graduates - exceptional communication skills. Exceptional talent. Exceptional technique. Exceptional execution. Every performer gave us this tonight."

Of Nardus, Professor Wallace said: "A singer on this sort of form is well-nigh unbeatable - superb control of this wide ranging aria, with beautifully focused tone, runs, and good enunciation of words.

“The program was perfect - there was not a note out of place and to my mind Nardus came storming round the last bend to pip the others at the post and steal the show."

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