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International Handel Singing Competition Semi-Final

St George’s Hanover Square

Join us for the 2021 semi-final of the international Handel Singing Competition.

Our semi-finalists (to be announced) will be joined by four harpsichordists performing a programme of varied Handel arias.


Asako Agawa
Heather Tomala
Thomas Allery
Nathaniel Mander


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.


First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Audience Prize: £300
Finalist Prizes: £300

All Finalists in the Handel Singing Competition are guaranteed recitals in the 2021 London Handel Festival, and many past finalists are also asked to perform solos in other prestigious concerts during the Festival, and in other concerts and recitals both in the UK and abroad. For example, the 2019 London Handel Festival featured no fewer than 20 past Finalists and there are also recent Finalists performing at the Handel Festivals both in Goettingen and Halle. The winner of this year’s competition has also been invited to perform the solos in Messiah with the Huddersfield Choral Society, under the direction of Jane Glover, and also a prestigious recital with the City Music Society.