Previous Venue - Finchcocks Musical MuseumSince the first competition in 2006 the finals have been held using Richard Burnett's unique collection of early keyboard instruments, originally showcased at Finchcocks Musical Museum. There was a personal connection as John Kerr was a regular performer at the museums Open Days where he delighted audiences with songs from the English repertoire.
New Venue - St. Lawrence Church, West WycombeFrom 2016, the competition has been held at St. Lawrence Church, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and now includes 20th and 21st century song. The accompanists use modern piano, although in keeping with the our original venue there are opportunities to use a reproduction spinet. The official JKA lutenist accompanies early lute songs.
St. Lawrence Church was built in the 18th century by the notorious Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the ‘Hellfire Club’. It is an elegant Georgian building, spectacularly situated on top of a hill surmounted by a large golden ball.
Full AddressSt. Lawrence Church