Susan Chilcott


Between 2003 and 2018, the Chilcott Award offered funding to an emerging British Opera Singer for advanced training or career development. The Award was given in memory of Susan Chilcott, one of the outstanding singers of her generation, who died from cancer in 2003 aged 40.

In its 13 years, the Scholarship has offered financial support to over 50 young singers totaling over £160,000, enabling them to progress their professional development. Those supported by the Susan Chilcott Scholarship have included many singers who are now making names for themselves on the opera and concert stage including: Clare Booth; Thomas Hobbs; Jennifer Johnston; Ashley Riches and Kathryn Rudge.

Gemma Summerfield was final winner of the 2018 Chilcott Award. Click here to see the list of all past winners.

Jonathan Dimbleby, Susan Chilcott Scholarship President commented on the final award:

“Our original hope in launching the Chilcott Awards was to honour Sue’s memory by helping young singers of exceptional talent to achieve their full potential in this most perilous profession. I believe we have succeeded. Of course, it is a bitter-sweet moment that this has to be our final Award but it has been an inspiration and a delight to have been involved. My admiration for those who competed and my gratitude to all those who have made it possible is unbounded.”

The Chilcott Award was offered by The Susan Chilcott Scholarship, a former a UK registered charity (1113169) administered by the Royal Philharmonic Society.