Sunday, 7 March 2010

The Handel Singing Competition 2010

Last Thursday saw the annual Finals of the Handel Singing Competition 2010, one of the many highlights of the London Handel Festival under the auspice of the London Handel Society. The concert took place in St George's Church, Hanover Square, just a stone throw away from where Handel lived at Nr.25 Brook Street. St Georges's Church was Handel's parish church which he visited frequently.

The concert was sung by six finalists (four sopranos, one mezzo and one counterternor) and included a brilliant repertoire of Handel Arias from Saul, Serse, Rinaldo, Alcina or Ariodante as well as one Cantata. In the end the winning price was awarded to the young Belgian Soprano Sophie Junker, who gave a thrilling start to the evening with a beautiful tone and an utterly confident way with the orchestra and an enthralled audience. The second price was awarded to the countertenor Christopher Lowrey who will sing the title role of the upcoming Royal College Opera production of Il pastor fido, while the audience price went to the young mezzo soprano Katie Bray.

Results of the Final
Thursday 4 March 2010
St George's Hanover Square - 7pm

Winner of the Adair Prize
Sophie Junker soprano

Winner of the Michael Oliver Prize
Christopher Lowrey countertenor

Winner of the Audience Prize
Katie Bray mezzo-soprano

Elinor Rolfe Johnson soprano
Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli soprano
Sarah Power soprano

Adjudicators: Ian Partridge Chairman Michael Chance Catherine Denley Michael George Patrizia Kwella David Vickers
Director: Laurence Cummings

London Handel Orchestra
Oliver Webber leader

The Handel Society, under the leadership of its Musical Director Laurence Cummings (most recently conducting at the English National Opera) has set out to reveal and expose the multitude of music by Handel which is vastly unknown. I am happy to see, that London audiences are thoroughly enjoying this great programme of Handel and other early music. Concerts are frequently sold out and receive much attention. A feat that is equally satisfying for us young musicians, most of whom cannot resist the great temptation that lies in the Art of Early Music.

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