Winning singer booked to sing with Wayns in December
The overall Winner of the 2017 Grange Festival International Singing Competition (formerly the Hampshire Singing Competition) was the young Yorkshire-born soprano Rowan Pierce - who fortuitously and coincidentally had already been booked to be our soprano soloist for the Christmas Oratorio in December! That should certainly add excitement and cachet to the event! Rowan also won the Song Prize. In second place overall was the Australian tenor Samuel Sakker who was until recently a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House. Third place went to the bass-baritone Bozidar Smiljanic who is currently a Harewood Artist at English National Opera. Bozidar was also awarded the Waynflete Prize, along with two other finalists, Scottish mezzo Katie Coventry and Welsh tenor Sam Furness; all three will be appearing as soloists, subject to confirmation of availability, in our Mozart concert in March 2018. The Finals were held at Grange Park on Sunday 24 September when the six young singers chosen (from some 150 initial applications from all over the world) presented their programmes, accompanied by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to an audience and a jury headed by Dame Felicity Palmer, the competition's patron.