Article from the Proms Archive
Monday, 2 July, 2018
Investec competition winners
Nicole Barrios, Henoc Lingomba and Volkan Oâ€™Grady were chosen by a panel of judges from Investec, Toynbee Hall and Proms at St Judeâ€™s as winners of this yearâ€™s spoken word competition. They read out their winning entries in front of a Proms audience of 500 at the Kanneh-Mason Trio concert on 28 June.
The spoken word pieces were inspired by the music and themes of Mozartâ€™s opera, The Marriage of Figaro, and included topics such as class, money and death. They followed workshops run by opera director Nicholas Chalmers and soprano Sky Ingram, alongside award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou. The workshops formed part of Toynbee Hallâ€™s Speak It! project, funded by Investec, which is also Principal Sponsor of Proms.
Grace Vlachopoulos from Investec said, â€œThe students demonstrated terrific social awareness and self-confidence, and fully deserve this recognition.