The John Kerr Award for English Song

The Venue

Finchcocks Musical Museum

Previous Venue - Finchcocks Musical Museum

Since 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.

St. Lawrence Church, West Wycombe

New Venue - St. Lawrence Church, West Wycombe

From 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 Address

St. Lawrence Church
West Wycombe
HP14 3AH


The location is five (5) miles from High Wycombe Station and just off the A40. For those competitors and their accompanists travelling by train or bus, the JKA will organise transport from High Wycombe Station to the venue. This facility will ONLY be available to those competitors who inform us at the time they accept their entry to the final. There are also taxis available from the station.

The John Kerr Award for English Song