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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005     

Sales for the now separate Song Prize are running three times the level of 2003 and only a small number of season tickets remain available for the main BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

The Song Prize has four heats at the New Theatre before the final at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Friday, June 17 - two days before the Final of the main competition.

The winner of the Song competition – the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize – receives a prize package that includes £5,000, a prestigious London recital and a place on the BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme.

Open to all 25 participants on the main competition the organisers say the vast majority of the singers have now also entered the Song Prize including Wales’ entrant Camilla Roberts.

The Song Prize has grown from what was the competition’s Leider Prize which itself was introduced in 1989 to recognize the importance of song with Bryn Terfel the first winner.

Then the winner was selected from performances during the course of the competition and presented with the prize at the end of the main competition.

BBC Wales Head of Music David Jackson said the decision to launch the separate competition was taken because the song repertoire is so huge, the couple of minutes that singers could devote to it in the main competition didn't do justice to the strength and variety of the repertoire.

“We also wanted to establish song as equally important musically to the operatic repertoire. Most people think of Cardiff Singer as an opera competition anyway, but many singers of opera have become equally great singers on the concert platform - Bryn Terfel is a perfect example of someone who excels at both.”

Mr Jackson said the separate Song competition also creates an atmosphere of a Festival of Singing throughout Cardiff during the week of the competition. “People can enjoy a concert at lunchtime and another in the evening if they want to make a real feast of it - and many do!”

He added: “This year we have introduced a full-blown Final for the Rosenblatt
Recital Prize, in recognition of how successful it was last time, and to
give a fitting climax to the event. This will be televised on BBC FOUR,
while the whole of the song prize will be covered extensively by Radio
3.”

Demand has also been strong for the main competition’s season tickets with a small number available from the box office.

This year WNO dramaturge Simon Rees will be giving free talks before the 2pm concerts at the New Theatre including giving an introduction to song and the different singing voices.

Season tickets for the four Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize concerts and that final £34 while single concert tickets are £8 and the final £12.

This week tickets for the individual concerts have now also gone on sale with prices ranging from £10 to £28.

Tickets from New Theatre, Cardiff: 029 20878889 St David’s Hall, Cardiff 029 2087 8444 or online at www.stdavidshall.co.uk
 
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