On Thursday 7 April 2011 the final of the 10th Handel Singing Competition was held at St George's, Hanover Square, in front of an enthusiastic and expectant audience.

After much deliberation the adjudicators awarded Stefanie True (soprano) first place with the Adair Prize, presented by Mrs Adair.

Keri Fuge (soprano) took second place, receiving the Michael Oliver Prize.

While the Adjudicators (Ian Partridge, Michael Chance, Catherine Denley, Michael George and Patrizia Kwella) were deliberating, the audience vote was being counted. The Audience Prize, donated by Michael Normington, was also awarded to Emilie Alford (mezzo-soprano).

Ian Partridge, Chairman of the Competition, told the audience that the standard was so high that it had been very difficult to choose between the five finalists. 140 applications were received this year, and 100 singers were heard live in the First Round.

Emilie Alford mezzo-soprano
Carleen Ebbs soprano
Keri Fuge soprano
Rachel Kelly mezzo-soprano
Stefanie True soprano

First Prize: £3,000 and a performance in the London Handel Festival 2012 - Adair Prize
Second Prize: £1,500 and a performance in the London Handel Festival 2012 - Michael Oliver Prize
Audience Prize: £250 - donated by Michael Normington
£500 Finalists' Prizes to those not winning First or Second Prize. They will also be offered a Lunchtime Recital.

The finalists were accompanied by members of the London Handel Orchestra, directed by Laurence Cummings.

The London Handel Festival continues until 1 May 2011.


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