Soprano Kiandra Howarth has been named as winner of the 2019 Grange Festival International Singing Competition and has been awarded the prize of £10,000. Joint second prize of £3,750 each was presented to soprano Samantha Clarke and mezzo soprano Claire Barnett-Jones. Each of these prize winners will also be offered the opportunity to perform a role in a future edition of The Grange Festival.
The final of the competition took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London last night where each of the six finalists performed a 20-minute programme accompanied by the Academy of Ancient Music and conducted by Peter Robinson. As throughout the competition, all repertoire performed was music composed before 1830.
Other prizes included the Audience Prize of £2,000 and the Academy of Ancient Music Prize of a future engagement with the orchestra which were both presented to soprano Samantha Clarke.