All entries for the 2020 festival are now closed.
Please come back at the beginning of September to enter for 2021!
|Adjudicator: Venue:||Neil Jenkins Park Community School, Havant, PO9 4BJ||Closing date for entries: 15th November 2019 Closing date for song titles: 8th January 2020|
|Dates:||8th February 2020 Young & Mixed Age Choirs 9th February 2020 Adult Choirs||* Please send entries/titles to: Mrs Jackie Mumford, 6, Widley Gardens, Widley, Waterlooville, PO7 5RB.|
NEIL JENKINS 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 famous vocal group ‘The Kings Singers’, and sang in the first concerts given by Sir 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.