2020 Vocal Solo Competitions

Solo Applications will open 6 December 2019.

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Category B: Vocal Solos

  • Closing date for all applications: Friday 6 March 2020
  • Successful applicants will be notified by: Friday 20 March 2020
  • First day of the competitions: Tuesday 7 July 2020
  • All competitions in this category include a Preliminary and a Final round

B1. Pendine International Voice of the Future (Prelim: Tuesday 7 July & Final: Wednesday 8 July). Supported by Pendine Park.

This competition is open to singers aged 19 to 28 on the first day of the competitions. This prestigious prize is intended to advance the career of a young soloist. The competition will be held over two days. Competitors are required to perform a contrasting programme of up to 8 minutes of music for the Preliminary round and up to 12 minutes of music for the Final round. The contrasting programme for both rounds must be chosen from the areas of Oratorio, Opera, Lieder or Song. Competitors may repeat up to one item of their Preliminary round programme in the Final round. All music must be sung in the original language. Competitors must use the Eisteddfod official piano accompanists for this competition. Prizes:1st Pendine Trophy and £5,000 as well as further opportunities to perform in concerts in the Eisteddfod and other venues. There will also be a runner-up prize of £2,000.

B2. Voice of Musical Theatre (Prelim: Wednesday 8 July & Final: Thursday 9 July)

This competition is open to singers aged 19 to 28 on the first day of the competitions. This prestigious prize is intended to advance the career of a young musical theatre performer. The competition will be held over two days. Competitors are required to perform a contrasting programme of up to 8 minutes of music for the Preliminary round and up to 11 minutes of music for the Final round. The contrasting programme for both rounds must be chosen from the musical theatre genre. All music must be sung in the original language. Competitors must use the Eisteddfod official piano accompanists for this competition. Prize: International Medal and £1,500

B3. Open Folk Vocal Solo (Thursday 9 July)

This competition is open to singers of all ages. Competitors should present an appropriate programme representative of a local or regional tradition. The total duration of the performance must not exceed 6 minutes. Accompaniment (not provided by the Eisteddfod) is allowed for one item only. Prizes: 1st: International Medal and £150, 2nd: £100, 3rd: £50

B4. Vocal Solo 12 – 15 (Thursday 9 July)

This competition is open to singers aged 12 to 15 on the last day of the competitions. Competitors are required to perform a programme of up to 6 minutes of music. All music must be sung in the original language. All competitors must use the Eisteddfod official piano accompanists for this competition. Prizes: 1st: International Medal and £150, 2nd: £100, 3rd: £50

B5. Vocal Solo 16 – 19 (Thursday 9 July)

This competition is open to singers aged 16 to 19 on the first day of the competitions. Competitors are required to perform a programme of up to 6 minutes of music. All music must be sung in the original language. All competitors must use the Eisteddfod official piano accompanists for this competition. Prizes: 1st: International Medal and £150, 2nd: £100, 3rd: £50