The Competition Final: Sunday 6th June 2021, 2-7PM

The John Kerr Award was founded in 2006 as a biennial award competition.

The Final

Six finalists will perform a programme of English song from the 17th century to the present day. A compulsory lute song will be part of each finalists programme, this song will be accompanied by the John Kerr Award lutenist.

Please remember, all members of the audience who attend all the performances of the six finalists will be eligible to vote in the Audience Prize. There will be a long interval in the middle of the afternoon. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon at the Lauderdale House Cafe.

The Judges

We are delighted to welcome our judges: Neil Jenkins (Head Judge), Julie Kennard (John Kerr Award Specialist Judge), Peter Thresh (Senior Producer BBC Radio 3) and Christopher Grant (Accompanists Judge).

Adjudication Criteria

The following criteria will form the basis of the adjudication (as appropriate) for both the first round and final :

  • Historical awareness in vocal matters
  • Performance style and manner
  • Audience engagement
  • Sympathy with and understanding of the words
  • Evidence of personal involvement and veracity
  • Ability to introduce the songs in a stylish manner


Vocalists are strongly encouraged to provide their own accompanists for the final.

Their own accompanist will automatically be entered into the accompanist prize if 35 years of age or younger.

Ticket Prices

£15 – Seniors
£12 – Under 18’s and students

Tickets are available from Administrator
Email :
Telephone : 01892 530049

Location & Transport

Lauderdale House is situated half way up Highgate Hill. Free street parking is possible on Highgate Hill, however please note that it is often fully taken.

Archway tube station is at the bottom of Highgate Hill and is approximately a fifteen minutes walk.

Bus routes 143, 210 and 271 stop nearby.