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          The Anglo-Austrian Music Society, (Registered Charity No. 219021) was founded in London in the autumn of 1942 by a small group of Austrian refugee musicians and a few English friends - initially as a means of surviving in exile, but also to promote the appreciation and understanding of Austrian music in Britain. They gave concerts throughout the war, and increasingly involved British musicians and British music. In 1946 the administration was merged with that of the Anglo-Austrian Society, and visits to Britain by Austrian artists began. The Vienna State Opera came to Covent Garden in 1947, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra first played in London for the Society in 1948. The Vienna Boys Choir visited almost every year from 1950 to 2000, and the Society commissioned Benjamin Britten to write the opera The Golden Vanity for the Choir.

          Over the years, the Anglo-Austrian Music Society has sponsored appearances by many famous artists including Elisabeth Schumann, Kathleen Ferrier, Richard Tauber, Bruno Walter, Clemens Kraus, Myra Hess, Josef Krips, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. There have been many concerts and debut recitals by young Austrian musicians - starting in 1949 with the young Friedrich Gulda and continuing through the years with Paul Badura-Skoda, Joerg Demus, Ingrid Haebler, Irmgard Seefried, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Heinz Medjimorec, Heinrich Schiff, the Alban Berg Quartet, The Haydn Trio, Edita Gruberova, Ernst Kovacic, Thomas Riebl and Stefan Vladar amongst many others.

          For a history of the first half-century of the Society, written in 1992 by its longtime General Secretary Walter J Foster OBE  

          Information about other Anglo-Austrian activities can be found on The Anglo-Austrian Society website


          The Richard Tauber Prize now forms part of the

          Wigmore Hall / Independent Opera
          International Song Competition

          Richard Tauber Prize
          for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder
          awarded at Wigmore Hall on 11 September 2019 to

          Benjamin Russell baritone


          Richard Tauber Prize
          for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder
          awarded at Wigmore Hall on 7 September 2017 to

          Clara Osowski mezzo soprano


          Richard Tauber Prize
          for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder
          awarded at Wigmore Hall on 10 September 2015 to

          James Newby baritone


          Richard Tauber Prize
          for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder
          awarded at Wigmore Hall on 3 September 2013 to

          Timothy Fallon tenor and Ammiel Bushakevitz piano

          Full details of the competition available on

          The next Competition will be held in September 2021


          The final public audition for the 30th Richard Tauber Prize was held
          at Wigmore Hall on 4 June.

          153 young singers had competed in preliminary rounds in both London and Vienna, and, of these, ten were selected to sing before a jury consisting of Dame Anne Evans, Lillian Watson, Steven Naylor (Glyndebourne), David Syrus (Royal Opera House), Nigel Douglas, Franz Lukasovsky and Bernard Keeffe (Anglo-Austrian Music Society).

          The Prizewinners are :

          First Prize of ?5000 and Public London Recital :

          JUNG SOO YUN
          a 30 year old South Korean tenor, currently at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice and previously at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and Yonsei University Seoul.

          Second Prize of ?2500

          DENISE BECK ?a 28 year old Danish soprano, currently studying at the Universität für Musik in Vienna and previously at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

          Adèle Leigh Memorial Prize of ?2500

          LESLIE DAVIS - a 29 year old Canadian mezzo soprano, currently at the Royal Academy of Music Opera School, and previously at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Acadia University Nova Scotia Canada.

          Ferdinand Rauter Memorial Prize for Accompanists of ?1000



          MONICA BANCOS soprano Romanian

          DENISE BECK soprano Danish

          MARY BEVAN soprano British

          LESLIE DAVIS mezzo Canadian

          SUSANA GASPAR soprano Portuguese

          CAROLINE MACPHIE soprano British

          ROBERTO ORTIZ tenor Mexican

          LEVENTE PALL bass Hungarian

          THOMAS TATZL bass baritone Austrian

          JUNG SOO YUN tenor South Korean

          P R E V I O U S   R I C H A R D   T A U B E R   P R I Z E W I N N E R S

          2010     Jung Soo Yun
          2008     Christopher Ainslie
          2005     Anna Leese
          2003     Klemens Sander
          2000     Jonathan Lemalu
          1998     Jeanette Ager
          1995     Jane Irwin
          1993     Catrin Wyn-Davies
          1991     William Dazeley
          1988     Lynton Atkinson
          1986     Simon Keenlyside
          1984     Anna Steiger
          1982     John Hancorn
          1980     Gabriele Fontana
          1978     Claire Powell

          1975     Robin Leggate
          1972     Cynthia Buchan
          1971     Simon Vaughan
          1970     Patricia Taylor
          1969     Abigail Ryan
          1968     Richard Salter
          1967     Hugh Sheehan
          1966     Alexander Oliver
          1965     Richard Angas
          1964     Paul Smith
          1962     Alan Mayall
          1959     Raymond Hayter
          1957     George Fourie
          1952     Ronald Jackson
          1951     Hugh Beresford

          For details of the concert given by the 2006 Richard Tauber Prizewinner, Anna Leese (soprano) with Graham Johnson (piano) on 26 June 2008,
          please click here.

          To listen to Christopher Ainslie singing an extract of “Furibondo? from Handel’s Partenope, please click

          We regret to announce the death of WALTER J FOSTER OBE FRSA

          Former General Secretary of the
          Anglo-Austrian Society / Anglo-Austrian Music Society

          Born Vienna 25 June 1923

          Died London 27 December 2009

          For an obituary xổ số đồng tháp 9 tây

          Voices of Europe CD

          Engel Lund's Book of Folk Song with pianoforte accompaniments by Ferdinand Rauter

          The Anglo-Austrian Music Society is proud to have helped sponsor this CD in memory of Ferdinand Rauter, founder of the Anglo-Austrian Music Society.

          An exceptional group of young international singers have just accomplished the first ever recording of ENGEL LUND'S BOOK OF FOLK SONG, a unique collection of beautiful folk songs in 10 different languages, created in London in 1936 by the Icelandic singer Engel Lund and Austrian composer FERDINAND RAUTER, founder of the Anglo-Austrian Music Society. These were published by Oxford University Press. The recording was produced at the Royal College of Music studio in London by Norbert Meyn, Professor at the RCM, and introduces some of the best young singers in London today, including the Austrian Mezzo-Soprano Daniela Lehner.

          In the 1930's and 40's the Icelandic singer ENGEL LUND and FERDINAND RAUTER, represented by London's premiere artists agency, Ibbs & Tillett, travelled the world with a unique recital programme of folk songs from many European countries. At a time of growing separation, violence and destruction these artists brought a message of the universal nature of the human heart to enthusiastic audiences all over Europe and the United States. Engel Lund herself sang in 17 different languages, included Jewish as well as German songs in each programme, and gave lively, much praised introductions to the songs and the stories in them. The Chicago Daily News wrote in 1937: "Her recital gave a glimpse into the human heart of many peoples; that heart is very much alike the world over, but Mme Lund has studied it on a humble level where the native differences of its expression mean everything and are dearest."

          In 2006, seventy years after ENGEL LUND'S BOOK OF FOLK SONG was first published, young singers from all these different countries could be found in London, so all songs are sung by a native speaker of each language. With this CD, a new generation of singers pays tribute to two extraordinary artists of the 20th century. It unites young talent from Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, France, the United States, Israel, the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. The project was funded by the Anglo-Austrian Music Society, the Austrian Cultural Forum, The Icelandic, Czech and German Embassies, the Royal College of Music and by Erste Bank London.

          To order a copy of the first special edition of the CD, please send cheque for ?3.99 (including postage & packing) made out to "Lieder Theatre Ltd" to :
          Andrea Rauter
          Austrian Cultural Forum
          28 Rutland Gate
          London SW7 1PQ

          "Engel Lund's collection of folksongs is a casket of musical gems. Ferdinand Rauter's piano parts are crafted in a way that never destroys the simplicity or the national character of the originals - and they cover a wide range, from Lund's native Iceland to Austria, from Eastern Europe to Kentucky. All are performed with precision and aplomb by Norbert Meyn's team of young singers and pianists".
          Roger Vignoles, Prince Consort Professor at the Royal College of Music.

          "Exceptional voices from across the world - some outstanding new talents."
          Opera Now, Nov. 06, concert review

          "These songs were systematically collected and performed at a time of extreme divisions and distress in Europe, in vocal opposition to terror and war and as a sign of unbeatable hope and optimism. In the language of political analysts they constitute "soft power", superior to other manifestations of power in the long run, and more apt to bridge gaps separating human beings and nations. And this seems more necessary then ever."
          Gabriele Matzner-Holzer, Austrian Ambassador in London, June 2006

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