Melissa Bradshaw

Kiandra Howarth wins The Grange Festival International Singing Competition 2019

10:55, 4th November 2019

Soprano Kiandra Howarth has been named as the winner of 2019’s Grange Festival International Singing Competition.

Howarth was awarded the £10,000 first prize after the competition’s final round which took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on Thursday 31 October 2019. Each of the six finalists performed a 20-minute programme accompanied by the Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Peter Robinson, before a jury of industry experts including Dame Felicity Palmer and Michael Chance CBE. All repertoire performed was music composed before 1830.

The joint second prize of £3,750 each was presented to soprano Samantha Clarke and mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones. Each of the prize winners will be offered the opportunity to perform a role in a future edition of The Grange Festival. Clarke was also awarded both the Audience Prize of £2,000 and the Academy of Ancient Music Prize of a future engagement with the orchestra.


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