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Information and criteria for 2014 Promoted by the London Handel Society Registered charity number 269184

Photograph by Chris Christodoulou of Rupert Charlesworth Winner of the HSC 2013

dated 7 August 2013

HANDEL SINGING COMPETITION 2014 ADJUDICATORS: Ian Partridge (Chairman) (all rounds) John Mark Ainsley (Final) Edward Blakeman (Semi-Final and Final) Catherine Denley (all rounds) Michael George (all rounds) Patrizia Kwella (all rounds) PRIZES First Prize: REGINA ETZ PRIZE £5000 and a performance in the 2015. Second Prize: MICHAEL OLIVER PRIZE £2000 and a Recital in 2015. FARINELLI PRIZE- for counter-tenors £2000 THE SELMA D AND LEON FISHBACH MEMORIAL PRIZES for Finalists: £300 each to those who do receive one of the prizes above. Audience Prize: MICHAEL NORMINGTON PRIZE: £300 DEADLINE FOR ENTRY Friday 10 January 2014 - 6pm UK time Please return the application form (which can be downloaded from the HSC page of the website) by email, with scanned attachments to: OR fill in the online form and can be found on the HSC webpage of the LHF website). Please keep a copy of the form and your programme and retain these instructions for reference and include all the items requested. Catherine Hodgson Festival Director London Handel Society Horton House, 8 Ditton Street Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0BQ Tel/Fax: 01460 53500 Information:

AGE LIMIT - 23 to 34 years old, at 18 February 2014. REPERTOIRE You should present an imaginative, wellbalanced, and all-Handel programme. Presentation and programming will be assessed along with the performance. Works should be sung in the original language and key. There is to be no repeat of repertoire throughout the competition. Tenors may adapt a Handel cantata written for soprano, but please let us know if you are doing this. KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS A harpsichord will be available at A=415 Hz for the First Round and Semi. There will be no piano available. Instrumentalists other than keyboard players are also welcomed for the First Round and SemiFinal. FIRST ROUND All Handel - a short recitative and aria, plus a second aria without recitative, either live or by CD. There will be harpsichord accompaniment for live performers. (10 minutes maximum) SEMI-FINAL All Handel - a recitative and aria, plus a second aria without recitative. One aria should be in English. There will be harpsichord accompaniment. (15 minutes maximum) FINAL All Handel, but no arias from Messiah. Finalists will be accompanied by the London Handel Orchestra (Laurence Cummings, conductor) comprising two oboes (doubling recorder), bassoon, strings and continuo. Arias requiring other instruments, particularly brass, will not be accepted. Please take these orchestrations into account when choosing your programme. There is to be no repeat of repertoire during the Competition. (18 minutes maximum)

ACCOMPANISTS Official accompanists will be provided and paid for by the London Handel Society. However the Society will allocate the accompanists to the singers, as it is logistically too complicated to do otherwise. You may bring your own accompanist, providing they are of a high professional standard, and you will be responsible for paying them. The names and contact details of the official accompanists will be made available to the competitors when the First Round has been scheduled in February. DATES OF PRELIMINARY ROUNDS First Round - 18, 19, 20 February 2014 Craxton Studios, 14 Kidderpore Avenue, London, NW3 7SU. This round is not open to the public. The draft Schedule for this round will be sent out in early February. Semi-Final - Thursday 6 March at 6pm, St George's Church, Hanover Square. This round will be open to the public. The Final is on Tuesday 18 March at 7pm at St George's Church, Hanover Square. The Final will be open to the public. Members of the London Handel Orchestra will accompany the finalists. The rehearsal date for the Final will be Monday 17 March - details to be confirmed. There will also be a rehearsal from 2-5pm on the day of the Final. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS Please send the following documents (photocopies or scanned documents are acceptable) with your application form. A. If you are not singing live to the adjudicators. Please send a CD to include a short recitative and aria plus a second aria, by Handel, to enable the adjudicators to fairly judge who should go into the Semi-Final. This must be of professional quality. This is not necessary if you wish to be heard live. B. Birth Certificate (photocopy or scanned document) or similar official document confirming the date and place of your birth.

C. Typewritten Curriculum Vitae (CV - max 3 pages), with particulars of training, scholarships, prizes and recent concert appearances, with specific reference to experience of singing Handel. D. A short (150 word) typewritten biography suitable for concert programmes to be sent by email with a colour jpeg photograph (1 mb min.). Referees Please provide two written references from musicians of standing (one of whom is your teacher). These should be written with the Competition in mind and can be emailed directly to the LHS on: Fee: £40 - cheques payable to London Handel Society Ltd. Mastercard, Visa, and Visa Debit are accepted. You must give 5 days’ notice if you wish to withdraw, otherwise your fee will be not be refunded unless a medical certificate is produced. SUGGESTED PUBLICATIONS and where to source the music For a complete catalogue of Handel's works look in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians or Appendix B of Handel by Donald Burrows (Master Musicians Series, pub OUP) The Chrysander Handel Gesellschaft edition is still available from Kalmus, though sometimes difficult to find in UK. Most public music libraries have this complete set. There is a volume published by Oxford University Press of Cantatas for Alto and continuo, ed. Ellen Harris (isbn. 0193454130). We believe that Songs and Cantatas, edited by Donald Burrows, is out of print but it should be available in libraries. Ten Solo Cantatas for Soprano and Basso Continuo is published by Faber Music Ltd and edited by Andrew Jones. Chappell of Bond Street, London (020 7432 4400) stock all that is available in print.

Handel Singing Competition 2014