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HANDEL SINGING COMPETITION 2018

HANDEL SINGING COMPETITION

This page was updated on 14 November 2017

HANDEL SINGING COMPETITION 2018

Please note the following dates for the competition in 2018. Further details about the Competition can be found below.
Details of how to apply will be available in November.

28 February - 2 March - First Round (Craxton Studios)

28 March - Semi-Finals (Grosvenor Chapel)

10 April - Finals (St.George's, Hanover Square)


CONTACT INFO
If you have any further questions at this stage, please e-mail competition@londonhandelfestival.org.uk.

BACKGROUND
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.

ADJUDICATORS
Ian Partridge
Catherine Denley
Michael George
Stephen Pettitt
Further names to be announced

PRIZES
First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Audience Prize: MICHAEL NORMINGTON PRIZE £300
Finalist Prizes: THE SELMA D AND LEON FISHBACH MEMORIAL AWARDS £300

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 in other Handel Festivals abroad. For example, the 2018 London Handel
Festival features no fewer than 20 past Finalists and there are also recent Finalists performing at the Handel Festivals both in Goettingen and Halle.

AGE LIMIT
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.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY
Friday 5 January 2018
6pm (UK Time)
All applications should be submitted using online form above.  You will be asked to enter payment details.

FEE
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

  

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