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2014 Festival Singing Competition

Saturday, June 28, 10.00am, Chadlington Church

Tickets – Free

Many outstanding singers have performed at the Festival over the years including Amanda Roocroft (soprano), Neil Davis (baritone), Nuccia Focile (soprano), Linda Richardson (soprano), and our very own Claire Bradshaw (soprano) and Richard Coxon (tenor). Vocal music is a core passion and central to much of the Festival programming. This year we will further our commitment to the art of singing with our Third Annual Competition open to young singers between the ages of 18 and 28.

Last year’s Competition was a resounding success and the winner will be returning to join us in this year’s Festival.


Eight finalists have now been selected – click here for more information.

Adjudicating Panel

  • Claire Bradshaw (mezzo soprano)
  • Richard Coxon (tenor)
  • Lord Chadlington (Former Chairman of  the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)
  • Brian Kay (‘Bass’ of the King’s Singers in their formative years.  Former presenter on BBC Radio 3 and of Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2. Choral Director of the famous Huddersfield Choral Society and conductor of the Leith Hill Music Festival and the Burford Singers.)


  • 1st Prize – £1000 – plus an appearance in Festival 2015
  • 2nd Prize – £500
  • Promising Singer Prize – £500

Finals Repertoire

Each finalist will be required to perform three songs
(combined duration not to exceed 12 minutes)

  • An English song by an English composer
  • A song in its original language
  • An opera aria in its original language, or a recognised English translation