John Christie Award 2016 Supported by The Musicians’ Company Winner: Huw Montague Rendall

The winner of the John Christie Award for 2016 is baritone Huw Montague Rendall. The announcement was made from the stage at the Glyndebourne Opera House during Glyndebourne Chairman Gus Christie’s traditional last night speech.

The John Christie Award is described as Glyndebourne’s most prestigious award and has been supported by The Musicians’ Company since its inception; the award celebrated its fiftieth year in 2015. Huw Montague Rendall joins a distinguished list of past winners including Ryland Davies, Richard Van Allan, Linda Esther Gray, Sir John Tomlinson, Gerald Finley, Alfie Boe, Kate Royal, and recent young opera stars Duncan Rock and Louise Alder.

Each year The Musicians’ Company, one of the oldest and most respected charitable companies in the City of London, donates over £180,000 in scholarships and awards in support of young musicians at the start of their careers across all musical disciplines.

Exciting young baritone Huw Montague Rendall is currently a student of the Royal College of Music, studying with Russell Smyth, having previously studied with David Rendall and Philip Doghan. His operatic appearances include title role Le nozze di Figaro; Archibald Grosvenor Patience; Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Dr Falke Die Fledermaus and Bartley Riders to the Sea with British Youth Opera and his debut with Garsington Opera in Death in Venice. Huw made his debut with Glyndebourne this season, singing the role of Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia both at Glyndebourne and the BBC Proms and he joins the International Opera Studio, Opernhaus Zürich in the autumn.