2017 Singing Competition gets overwhelming response
There was an overwhelming response to the Singing Competition, with about 150 applications from all over the world.
For the preliminary rounds on 4-6 July, we have selected 90 singers representing 28 countries. Exactly half of these are from the UK. The average age is 28.5.
In July we will hear 45 sopranos, 14 mezzos, 4 countertenors, 17 tenors, 7 baritones, 3 bass-baritones and 2 basses.
Of these, no more than 12 will go forward to the semi-final on 10 September.
We soon became The Athenians
History both ancient and modern formed a large part of the four day tour in and around Athens organised by Julia Boadle from Arts Abroad, an experienced hand at guiding groups around resonant foreign locations and providing suitably stimulating entertainment and insight.