Welcome to the Singing Syllabus for the 2024 Hastings Musical Festival!
There have been a number of changes to the singing syllabus so please make sure you read it carefully.
We hope to be back in The White Rock Theatre again for 2024 but if not we have made arrangements to use a separate venue in Hastings for Singing. We will keep you informed as soon as we have any updates.
Syllabus available here - http://playandperform.uk/view_document.php?pubid=88&pnp_token=hi
I look forward to seeing you all in 2024.
Donna Barton. Email: email@example.com
Musical Theatre/Film Solo
Choirs and Groups
Duet or Ensembles
Folk Song Solos and Ensembles
Popular Music Solo, Duet or Ensembles
Singer and Accompanist
Solos or Ensemble - Optional
The John Lockey Championship
The June Elgar Memorial Championship
Neil has been singing all his life, joining his first choir at the age of 6. He was a Chorister at Westminster Abbey, and then a Choral Scholar at King’s College Cambridge. Whilst there he was the first tenor in the vocal group ‘The Kings Singers’, and sang in the first concerts given by John Eliot Gardiner’s ‘Monteverdi Choir’. He has been singing professionally for more than 50 years, having made his debut at London’s South Bank centre in 1967.He is now an internationally renowned tenor, conductor and music editor and has recorded over 60 discs of opera, oratorio and song with many of the world’s leading conductors and musicians, including Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein, Alfred Deller, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Andrew Davies, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Neville Marriner, Richard Hickox, Andrew Parrott, Kent Nagano and Hans Werner Henze.
In the 1970s he was appointed as an RCM singing professor by Sir David Willcocks, for whom he became a regular soloist with the London Bach Choir, especially as the Evangelist in the Bach Passions, performed annually at the Royal Festival Hall.
Neil has carved out a unique career, being equally at home as an Operatic, Oratorio and Recital singer, combining this with an increasingly important role as a musicologist. He has translated and edited Bach’s major choral works for the New Novello Choral Edition, and has produced other editions for OUP, Kevin Mayhew and Barn End Press. For 12 years he ran his own international summer school for singers every August, and now gives a regular series of master classes, is a well-known Music Festival adjudicator, and sits on international singing juries. Neil has written the biography of the Handelian singer and first great English tenor, John Beard, and recently curated an exhibition about the singer at the Handel House Museum. His memoirs were published by Barn End Press in May 2021.