Handel Singing Competition semi-finalists announced

The adjudicators for this year’s Competition include Ian Partridge CBE,
Catherine Denley, Michael George, Lawrence Zazzo, Rosemary Joshua and Jane
Glover. The semi-finalists will be accompanied on harpsichord and will each
sing for fifteen minutes in an all-Handel programme. Five or six singers
will proceed to the final in April and will be accompanied by the London
Handel Orchestra and Laurence Cummings, musical director of the London
Handel Festival. St.George’s, Hanover Square is of course the church where
Handel himself worshipped, and the Festival continues his great tradition
of nurturing young talent through the Handel Singing Competition.

All of the finalists are between 23 to 34 years old and will be competing
to win one of four prizes: First Prize (£5000), Second Prize (£2000),
Audience Prize (£500) and the Finalist Award (£300).

“I am thrilled with the response to the Handel Singing Competition
this year, with a record number of applications from across the world,
demonstrating that this is a truly international event. Congratulations
to all the Semi-Finalists – we look forward to hearing you all on 5

Samir Savant, Festival Director – London Handel Festival

The Handel Singing Competition has been held annually since 2002 and has
grown year on year, aiming to continue Handel’s tradition of nurturing
young talent. Past finalists include Ruby Hughes, Iestyn Davies, Lucy
Crowe, Tim Mead, Sophie Junker and Anna Starushkevych. The Competition
works with an impressive line-up of adjudicators, and past judges include
James Bowman, Iestyn Davies, John Mark Ainsley and Rosemary Joshua. All of
the finalists from this year’s Competition are guaranteed a lunchtime
recital in the 2020 London Handel Festival.




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