2018 Competition

London Handel Festival - Handel Singing Competition

© Chris Christodoulou

London Handel Festival - Handel Singing Competition

© Chris Christodoulou

London Handel Festival - Handel Singing Competition

© Chris Christodoulou

The finalists in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition can be found below. Each of them is invited back to give a recital in the next year’s London Handel Festival. Please click on each name for more information about each singer. Please note that the London Handel Festival is not responsible for the content of external websites.

First Prize
Second Prize
Audience Prize
  • Michael Normington Prize
  • Lauren Lodge-Campbell soprano
Finalist Prizes
  • Ian Partridge
  • Catherine Denley
  • Michael George
  • Stephen Pettitt
  • John Mark Ainsley (Final only)
  • First Prize: £5000
  • Second Prize: £2000
  • Audience Prize: Michael Normington Prize £300
  • Finalist Prizes: The Selma D and Leon Fishbach Memorial Awards £300
Helen Charlston

Hailed ‘a rather special mezzo’ (Music Web International), Helen Charlston started singing as chorister and head chorister of the St Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir. She then studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge where she held a choral scholarship for four years. She was a scholar on the Pembroke College Lieder Scheme led by Joseph Middleton, and is a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Recent concert highlights include her debut at Wigmore Hall singing Telemann’s Ihr Völker hört with Florilegium (also broadcast on BBC Radio 3); Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig (Paul McCreesh/Gabrieli Consort & Players); a worldwide tour of Handel’s Messiah (Seattle Symphony, Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra); Schoenberg’s Lied der Waldtaube (Cadogan Hall) and Bach’s Mass in B minor (Vox Luminis). She has appeared at the Three Choirs Festival, London Festival of Baroque Music, Roman Rivers Festival.

Lauren Lodge-Campbell

British/Australian soprano Lauren Lodge-Campbell studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Janice Chapman and Yvonne Kenny, and at the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia with Margaret Schindler. In 2019 she will join Le Jardin des Voix, the young artist programme of William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants.

Opera roles include Princess in Maxwell Davies’ The Hogboon (LSO/Rattle); Venus in Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Amore in Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle ingrate (Brighton Early Music Festival); Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Iford Arts); and Tante Friedelena in The Great Passion (Dartington International Festival).

Recent concerts include Handel’s Messiah (London Handel Orchestra); Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Dartington International Festival); Bach’s Mass in B minor (Cheltenham Bach Choir); and Bach Cantatas 71, 76, 129 and 172 (Tilford Bach Society). Future engagements include Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Pinchgut Opera) and Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (Les Arts Florissants).

Lauren is grateful for generous support from the Carpenters’ Company (Henry Osborne Award), the Australia Day Foundation UK Trust, The Kathleen Trust, The Carne Trust, and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Ed Ballard

Born in London, Ed Ballard read History at Cambridge University before training at the Royal Academy of Music and with the Royal Academy Opera. Ed made his professional stage debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera creating the title role in the world premiere of Luke Styles’ Macbeth for the Jerwood Scheme in conjunction with the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Subsequent roles include the title role in the baritone version of Massenet’s Werther (English Touring Opera), Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon (Theater Freiburg) and cover Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence). Other appearances include Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Royal Academy Opera), Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Edinburgh Fringe), as a soloist in the acclaimed Kohn Foundation/Royal Academy of Music Bach Cantata series and in recital at Wigmore Hall with the Academy Song Circle.

Daniel Mullaney

Tenor Daniel Mullaney grew up and trained in Perth, Australia, where he attended the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, studying under Patricia Price. In 2013, at the age of 21, Daniel became a full-time member of the chorus of English National Opera, the youngest chorister

ever employed by the company. At ENO Daniel covered several roles, including Francesco in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini and Frederic in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Daniel made his ENO debut in 2014 as the Postman in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West.

He began studying under David Pollard in the Opera School at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in September 2016. Recent performances include the role of Medoro in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino (Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg) and Magician in Menotti’s The Consul and Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites (GSMD).

Emma Stannard

Emma Stannard recently completed her studies with Royal Academy Opera, studying with Yvonne Howard and Joseph Middleton. She has performed the roles of Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina, Hanna in Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Junon in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers for RAO, as well as Selene in Handel’s Berenice (London Handel Festival) and Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’UIisse in patria (The Grange Festival).

For the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus, Emma has performed in Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s Poliuto, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Verdi’s La Traviata. Emma was awarded the Audrey Strange Memorial Award for her performance in the final of the Royal Overseas League vocal competition 2016. Emma performs regularly with her duo partner Keval Shah. Their recital schedule has taken them to the Leeds Lieder Festival, Colston Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and further afield to concert halls in France.

Jacquelyn Stucker

Soprano Jacquelyn Stucker studied at Furman University, Bard College, and New England Conservatory. She received both the Anna Case MacKay Career Advancement Grant and the Ruth Freehof Award (Santa Fe Opera), and she was a national semi-finalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Opera appearances include Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Rosalinde in Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus and the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (New England Conservatory), the title role in Handel’s Theodora (Music at Marsh Chapel) and Oberto in Handel’s Alcina and Meridian in the world premiere of UnShakeable (Santa Fe Opera).

She joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House in September 2017, where she has sung Azema in Rossini’s Semiramide and Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, and will cover Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff. She also made her debut recently at Bayerische Staatsoper as Azema in Semiramide. She is represented worldwide by Stefania Almansi at IMG.