|Božidar Smiljanić, Dominic Sedgwick and Nick Mogg|
Barihunks Božidar Smiljanić, Dominic Sedgwick and Nick Mogg are amongst the 12 semi-finalists for the recently launched Grange Festival International Singing Competition.
Formerly the Hampshire National Singing Competition, which was last held in 2013, the competition offers singers aged 33 or under the chance to win cash prizes and a role in a future production by the Grange Festival.
The first prize winner will receive £7,500, while the second and third prizes are worth £5,000 and £2,500. All other finalists will win £1,000, and the winners of the Song Prize and the Audience Prize will receive £2,500 and £2,000 respectively.
Participants will give public performances, culminating in a performance with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and will have the chance to draw on the experience of members of the jury through seminars and masterclasses throughout the competition.
The jury will include Dame Felicity Palmer, patron of the competition; director John Copley; accompanist and coach Roger Vignoles; Jonathan Groves, managing director of Groves Artists; Heather Duncan, head of concerts and programming at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; and Scott Cooper, director of artistic administration at the Grange Festival. It will be chaired by the Grange Festival’s artistic director, Michael Chance.