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HANDEL SINGING COMPETITION

This page was updated on 13 October 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
 
The chair of the adjudicating panel for the Final will be John Mark Ainsley.
 
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 to be submitted using online form or downloadable application form (will be available from November 2017)
 
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
 
 
Handel Singing Competition 2017
 
We are pleased to announce the results of the competition, after the Final in St George's, Hanover Square on Tuesday 4 April.
 
Congratulations to everyone who took part.  The standard was incredibly high with some amazing performances.  All of the Finalists are guaranteed a recital in the 2018 Festival and the opportunity to take part in the Finalists Showcase concert.
 
First Prize: REGINA ETZ PRIZE 
MARCJANNA MYRLAK mezzo-soprano
 
Second Prize: IN MEMORY OF JANET BOLUS
ARIANNA VENDITTELLI soprano
 
Audience Prize: MICHAEL NORMINGTON PRIZE
JUNGKWON JANG countertenor
 
Finalists Prizes: THE SELMA D AND LEON FISHBACH MEMORIAL AWARDS
JUNGKWON JANG countertenor
HÉLOÏSE MAS mezzo-soprano
MAX RIEBL countertenor
 
The Handel Singing Competition (HSC) has been held annually since 2002 with Ian Partridge and James Bowman as the first adjudicators. The HSC has since grown and there are now over 140 applications each year.
 
The Competition comprises a First Round at Craxton Studios (although it is possible to send in sound files at this stage if you are living abroad), followed by a live Semi-Final of approximately 12-15 singers, which is open to the public at Grosvenor Chapel. The live Final is held at St George's, Hanover Square and the finalists are accompanied by the London Handel Orchestra, conducted by Laurence Cummings.

Past finalists include Ruby Hughes, Iestyn Davies, Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead and Rupert Charlesworth.
 
ADJUDICATORS
Ian Partridge
Catherine Denley
Michael George
Iestyn Davies (final only)
John Mark Ainsley (final only)
 
PRIZES
First Prize: REGINA ETZ PRIZE £5000
Second Prize: IN MEMORY OF JANET BOLUS £2000
Audience Prize: MICHAEL NORMINGTON PRIZE £300
Finalist Prizes: THE SELMA D AND LEON FISHBACH MEMORIAL AWARDS £300

AGE LIMIT
23 to 34 years old as of 1 February 2017 i.e. you must be at least 23 years old and no older than 34 on this date.
 
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY
Friday 6 January 2017 
6pm (UK Time)

All applications must be made via the online form.

 
FEE
There is an administrative charge of £40 for entering the competition.

 
HANDEL SINGING COMPETITION 2016

FINAL 2016

Held on 4 April 2016
at St George's, Hanover Square

Winner of the Regina Etz Prize (First)
William Wallace tenor

Winner of the Michael Oliver Prize (Second)

Galina Averina soprano

Winner of the Farinelli Prize (for countertenors)
Meili Li 


Winner of the Michael Normington (Audience) Prize
Marie Lys soprano

Selma D and Leon Fishbach Memorial Awards
Shaked Bar  soprano
Pavla Flámová soprano
Marie Lys soprano

to download the programme click HERE

RESULTS OF THE FIRST ROUND:

Galina Averina soprano
Shaked Bar soprano
Anna Maria Carbonera soprano
Pavla Flámová soprano
Clare Ghigo
mezzo-soprano
Artur Janda bass-baritone
Laurie Janssens soprano
Sofia Larsson soprano
Meili Li countertenor
Marie Lys soprano
Soraya Mafi soprano
Rowan Pierce soprano
William Wallace tenor

 

HSC 2015 FINAL
 
JOSEP-RAMON OLIVE
JOSEP-RAMON OLIVÉ 

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 



 

   
   

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