The John Kerr Award for English Song
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John Kerr

Who was John Kerr?

The Competition

How to apply, rules and venue.

The Venue

St. Lawrence Church, West Wycombe

This exciting and unique event for singers celebrates the rich variety of the English Song genre. This international competition is presided over by a panel of distinguished judges and offers substantial prize money to a number of competitors. This website contains all the information you need about this very special event, set up in memory of John Kerr, a tenor with the Royal Opera House whose greatest love was the great body of English Song through the ages.

The next competition will be held on Saturday 10th March 2018 between 2pm - 7pm at St. Lawrence Church, Church Lane, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3AH. Please see the Press Area for all the details regarding the Final and the JKA English Song Weekend at West Wycombe.

The following Prizes will be awarded in 2018

  • The Christopher Ball First prize - £2,000
  • The Second Prize - £1,000
  • The Audience Prize - £500
  • The Accompanist Prize - £500
  • The Best Individual Song Prize - £250

Donations & Sponsorship

Please support us.

This important award receives no institutional support and relies on funds from corporate sponsorship and personal donations. The future of the award is dependant on funds that are received through the generosity of others. If you are willing to support this cause which we believe to be important to the popularity and dissemination of the English song repertoire please give generously at via Charity Choice


The Association of English Singers and Speakers.

The John Kerr Award is a Corporate Member of the Association of English Singers and Speakers. The AESS is also a registered charity based in Kent and its members consist of performers, teachers and those with an interest in the communication of English words using singing and speech.

The John Kerr Award for English Song