The 2019 Joan Carden Award was won by Sandra Liu who delighted the audience with her renditions of  “Padre, germani, addio”  from Act 1 of Mozart's great Opera Seria, “Idomeneo” and Offenbach’s , “Elle a fui, la tourterelle”, from Act 1 of  “Les Contes d’Hoffman”. The people’s choice was awarded to Jessica Blunt. My congratulations are extended to the finalists and wish them well for their future in music.