Calligraphy:

The Peter Esslemont Prize for Calligraphy and Illumination


The Peter Esslemont Prize is awarded in the form of a certificate, a cheque for £500, and an opportunity to exhibit examples of the winner’s work at a major livery event in the City of London.

The 2019 prize has been awarded to Attilio Medda. Many congratulations to him.

Entries for 2020 will be accepted from Monday 4 May 2020. Entries should consist of three or more pieces of original work by the entrant, which should not have been entered into any other competition, and which should be received in the Clerk’s office by Thursday 5 November 2020. The decision of the judges will be final. There are no age restrictions. The only requirement is that entrants should live and/or work in the UK.

Further information and an entry form can be obtained from the Clerk's office (see Contact).

Handwriting:

Karen Nehammer Handwriting Competition for Schools 2020

The 2020 Competition will be announced shortly and all entries must be received in the Clerk's office by Thursday 19 November 2020


JUDGES’ REPORT AND RESULTS 2019
In last year’s report we mentioned that this competition is getting harder and harder to judge. This year it would be fair to say that the standards are now at a level where the judges felt that they had to be a little more rigorous in making very fine distinctions between comparable entries. We received 596 entries from five schools, just a few more than last year. The margins of difference between them are now narrower than ever and the judges found themselves having to consider the formation of certain letters, or the straightness of a margin, as critical pointers.

That said, they were still looking for overall style, presentation and neatness as being the prime considerations. They also wanted to mention that some entries seemed to have been written with rather broad-nibbed pens, which detracted from the clarity, especially in smaller handwriting; and in some cases observance of some margin space on the right-hand side of the page would have helped the general look of the entry, rather than writing right up to the edge.

One entry ignored the texts provided and copied two completely different extracts, but we decided not to penalise the student as she may not have had access to the rules. One entrant used a biro, which is not strictly allowed, but it was very neatly done and we decided not to disqualify her for similar reasons. Several others submitted only one piece of writing, perhaps thinking that they could choose between the verse and the prose, but it is also possible that they ran out of time. There were also some incomplete entries, again suggesting a lack of time. We will endeavour to keep the extracts as short as practicable next time.

In the final analysis, we awarded 34 students (winners, runners-up and highly commended) and a further 43 special mentions, for those who were very much in contention. All 77 can consider themselves to have done an excellent job in submitting such praiseworthy entries and finding themselves within the top 13% of entries.

The 2019 results are as follows::

Year 6

Highly Commended:
Yuhao Cheng
City of London School
Isabella Hughes
City of London Freemen’s School
Charlotte Miller
City of London Freemen’s School
Conrad Pang
City of London School
Tamaara Somasundaram
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Vera Soroka
City of London School for Girls

Runners-up:
Julia Colibaba
City of London School for Girls
Amelia Master
City of London School for Girls

Winner:
Abigail Spratt
City of London Freemen’s School


Year 7

Highly Commended:
Zahrah Ahmed
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Said Dalmar
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Sriya Ghosh-Iyengar
City of London School for Girls
Audrey Hunter
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Unadhy Insaan
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Tom Richards
St Paul’s Cathedral School

Runners-up:
Flavia Berendsen
City of London School for Girls
Samirah Islam
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Eleanor Sturges
City of London Freemen’s School

Winner:
Toby Brennan
City of London School


Year 8

Highly Commended:
Catherine Bennett
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Phoebe Jory
City of London Freemen’s School
Luke Petrovic
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Alexandra Sendrea
City of London Freemen’s School
Ulrika Sommergyll
City of London School for Girls
Sajida Zainab
Sir John Cass Red Coat School

Runner-up:
Abheer Kohli
City of London School

Winner:
Eugene Bae
City of London School


Year 9

Highly Commended:
Shahara Begum
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Krishan Dilipkumar
City of London School
Halla Lee
City of London Freemen’s School
Ryan Yapa
City of London School

Runners-up:
Abby Burgoyne
City of London Freemen’s School
Muntana Mamiza
Sir John Cass Red Coat School

Winner:
Keira Au
City of London Freemen’s School



Special mentions to:

Year 6
Sulaiman Ahmed, CLS
Allegra Chung, CLSG
Joseph Dixon, CLFS
Isla Dymock, CLFS
Alice Hastings, SPCS
Leandra Li, CLSG
Jacob Petrovic, SPCS
Emma Tysoe, CLFS
Meadow Watkins, CLSG
Sukun Xia, CLSG

Year 7
Nabila Begum, SJC
Sofia Britto, CLSG
Benjy Carr, CLFS
Isabel Castrillo-Molina, CLSG
Aditi Ganthi, CLSG
Conor Ghosh, CLS
Renie Gore, SPCS
Amalia Nieto, CLSG
Lucinda Stevens, CLSG
Aishe Stone, CLSG
Boaz Taylor, SJC
Luke Warmington, CLS
Thalia Watkins, CLSG
Matilda Zanollo, CLSG

Year 8
Paris Androulidakis, CLS
Yukai Cheng, CLS
Toby Davies, SPCS
Joao Paulo Ferreira, SPCS
Elspeth Fox, CLFS
Ola Hashemi, CLFS
Marcus Hobson-Wall, SPCS
Nazihah Hussain, SJC
Vihaan Kelkar, CLS
Fabbihah Khan, SJC
Joseph Kouyoumjian, SPCS
Clemency Ouroussoff, SPCS
Aaron Selvakumar, CLS
Benedict Tanner, SPCS
Lucas Yang, CLS
Tawsif Zarif, CLS

Year 9
Nimah El-Kanfoudi, SJC
Qifan Guo, CLS
Kit Harrison, CLS

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