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HANDEL SINGING COMPETITION 2018

Many thanks to all the singers who took part in this year's Handel Singing Competition. The quality of applications was very high.

We are pleased to announce the winners following the Final on 10 April:

First Prize: IN MEMORY OF STEPHEN COOKE 
HELEN CHARLSTON mezzo-soprano

Second Prize: THE CARNE TRUST PRIZE
LAUREN LODGE-CAMPBELL soprano

Audience Prize: MICHAEL NORMINGTON PRIZE
LAUREN LODGE-CAMPBELL soprano

Finalist Prizes: THE SELMA D AND LEON FISHBACH MEMORIAL AWARDS
JACQUELYN STUCKER soprano
EMMA STANNARD mezzo-soprano
DANIEL MULLANEY tenor
ED BALLARD baritone

ADJUDICATORS
Ian Partridge
Catherine Denley
Michael George
Stephen Pettitt
John Mark Ainsley (Final only)

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


‘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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PO Box 79,
Ilminster,
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