HSC 2016 - 386HSC 2015 - 85HSC 2016 - 115HSC 2016 - 34HSC 158 JROHSC 69 MOHSC 127 JROHSC 140 JROHSC 143 JROHSC 132 JROHSC 135 JROHSC 73 MOHSC 131 JROHSC 120 SHHSC 108 SHHSC 95 SHHSC 72 MOHSC 150 JROHSC 98 SHHSC 77 MOHSC 102 SHHSC 84 MOHSC 89 MOHSC 91 SHHSA 163 JROHSC 164 JROHSC 198 JudgesHSC 173 APHSC 200 JudgesHSC 203 audienceHSC 230 JRO and REHSC 268 JROHSC 218 JudgesHSC 233 JRO and REHSC 241 Judges & JROHSC 191 APHSC 183 APHSC 177 APHSC 166 JROHSC 168 APHSC 172 APHSC 175 APHSC 176 APHSC 269 LC and JROHSC 65 IGHSC 63 IGEWG 112HSC 187 APHSC 113 SHHSC 6 LCHSC 11HSC 19 IGHSC 54 IGHSC 50 IGHSC 40 IGHSC 29 IGEG 87EWG 111EWG 130MV 200TN 163MV 201EG 64EWG 123MV 220EWG 145TN 151SF 32273 RC 13305 RC 13SF 3413 NM 13195 HS 13181 HS 13276 RC 13331 LC 13NM 5 13156 FL 13183 HS 1373 SC 13NM 8 13333 LC AA CH 13101 SC 1330 NM 1360 SC 1397 SC 13217 HS 13149 FL 13309 RC 13106 FL 13119 FL 13


This page was updated on 1 February 2018  
28 February - 2 March - First Round (Craxton Studios)

28 March - Semi-Finals (Grosvenor Chapel)

10 April - Finals (St.George's, Hanover Square)
FIRST ROUND 28 February, 1 & 2 March 2018
The schedule for the first round is now available here
Full details about the venue and transport links can be found in the Singers Notes here.

Please note that you will not be contacted directly with your allocated time slot. It is your responsibility to check the website and turn up at the correct time. If you miss your turn because of failure to do this your entry fee will not be refunded.
In extreme cases if your allocated time is not convenient please contact the competition administrator to see if it is possible to change - competition@londonhandelfestival.org.uk
We can not promise that your request will be fulfilled but we try hard to accommodate all enquiries.
Craxton Studios, 14 Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU.  For a map location, click here.
Each singer is allocated an official accompanist indicated on the online schedule.
You may contact your accompanist in advance to arrange a coaching session before the day if so desired (for an additional fee).
You must give at least 5 working days’ notice if you wish to withdraw, otherwise your fee will be not be refunded. The only exception is serious illness, in which a medical certificate will need to be produced to qualify for a refund.

On the day please contact ANN ALLEN (HSC Administrator) on 07960 689 519 if you have to cancel your appearance or are running late. We cannot guarantee emails will be read in time.
Please arrive at least half an hour before your scheduled time.
You will have 10 minutes to run through your pieces with the accompanist, but it is not possible to warm up on site. There are changing facilities for those who have travelled long distances on the day itself.

The results of the first round will be available on the LHF website from 5 March onwards. We will not contact you personally unless you have been selected for the Semi-Final. At this point the judges are not able to provide any feedback on individual performances.
Second Prize: THE CARNE TRUST PRIZE £2000
All Finalists in the Handel Singing Competition are guaranteed lunchtime recitals in the 2019 London Handel Festival, and many past finalists are also asked to perform solos in other prestigious concerts during the Festival and abroad.  For example, the 2018 London Handel Festival features no fewer than 20 past Finalists.  2017 Finalists are also performing at the Handel Festivals both in Goettingen and Halle.
The Handel Singing Competition was inaugurated in 2002 and has grown to become a major international singing event, attracting some 150 applicants from all over the world in recent years. Ian Partridge and James Bowman were the first adjudicators, and past finalists include Iestyn Davies, Ruby Hughes, Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, Sophie Junker, Anna Starushkevych and Grace Davidson.

The Competition comprises a First Round at Craxton Studios (although it is possible to send in sound files at this stage if you are unable to be present), followed by a Semi-Final of approximately 12-15 singers at Grosvenor Chapel.  The Final is held at St George's, Hanover Square, with usually 5 or 6 Finalists who are accompanied by the London Handel Orchestra, conducted by Laurence Cummings. Both the Semi-Final and Final are open to the general public as part of the annual London Handel Festival and are well attended, including by many agents and promoters.
Ian Partridge
Catherine Denley
Michael George
Stephen Pettitt
The chair of the adjudicating panel for the Final will be John Mark Ainsley.
23 to 34 years old as of 1 February 2018 i.e. you must be at least 23 years old and no older than 34 on this date.
Friday 5 January 2018
6pm (UK Time)
All applications to be submitted using online form or downloadable application form (will be available from November 2017)
There is an administrative charge of £40 for entering the competition. 
‘The London Handel Singing Competition was for me the perfect platform from which I was able to demonstrate what I thought I could do; I'm not a fan of competition in singing but this competition allows you to focus on the repertoire choices and stylistic decisions you make, first and foremost. For me it was absolutely the turning point. I secured an agent from my performance which opened a new chapter in my singing career at the time. It really was the taking part that counted; I didn't win!’
Iestyn Davies MBE, 2004 runner-up
'It came as a big surprise to win the first prize and audience prize all those years ago. Singing in the Handel competition was a super opportunity to focus on one glorious composer and his unique style, exploring his heavenly musical output. I learned so much about Baroque style and vocal technique and it gave me a solid foundation from which to build later repertoire.'
Ruby Hughes, 2009 winner
‘Winning the Handel competition, just as I was finishing music college, gave me the confidence to go out into the industry with a sense of purpose and self-assuredness that I otherwise wouldn’t have had. It was also the basis for developing an invaluable musical and working relationship, as well as a friendship, with Laurence Cummings.’
Rupert Charlesworth, 2013 winner
‘After a few years as a postgraduate student, winning the Handel Singing Competition was for me a great platform that opened many doors as a professional singer here in the UK. It also meant to me great recognition and projection here and abroad, where the HSC is very much appreciated as well.’ Josep-Ramon Olivé, 2015 winner



JOSEP-RAMON OLIVÉ won the Regina Etz Prize
and the Audience Prize.

MARIA OSTROUKHOVA came second with
the Michael Oliver Prize.

Ingrida Gápová, Sarah Hayashi and Alice Privett received the Selma D and Leon Fishbach Memorial Prizes.

2016 First Round & Semi-Final Accompanists:
Chad Kelly 
Nathaniel Mander
Asako Ogawa
Heather Tomala 



London Handel Festival

London Handel Society
PO Box 79,
TA19 9WP


RSS Feeds