On 13 April, countertenor JungKwon Jang will perform Pergolesi’s sublime Stabat Mater at St George’s Hanover Square for the London Handel Festival 2019. He was selected as a finalist and won the Audience Prize at the 2017 London Handel Festival Singing Competition.
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm
St George’s, Hanover Square
Tickets: £15 unreserved seating | Book tickets
Two of the major artistic aims of the London Handel Festival are to explore Handel in context by presenting works by his contemporaries, and to nurture and encourage young and unknown talent, as Handel himself did. We combine both in our ‘festival within a festival’ of baroque music, promoting three exceptionally talented groups of young musicians and all for the very affordable price of just £15.
Vivaldi Concerto for strings in G minor RV 157
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.10 in C major
Vivaldi Sonata ‘Al Santo Sepolcro’ in Eb major RV 130
Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.6 HWV 324 in G minor
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
We are delighted to be working for the first time with educational charity Pro Corda, as they celebrate fifty years of the finest chamber music training, in a mixed baroque programme alongside past finalists of the Handel Singing Competition.
Musicians from Pro Corda
Adrian Butterfield director
Lisa Rijmer soprano
JungKwon Jang countertenor
Counter-tenor JungKwon Jang was born in Buyeo, South Korea and studied at Yonsei University in Seoul. He later graduated with an MA in Voice and ‘Konzertexamen’ from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Hamburg under the tutelage of Professor Mark Tucker, with whom he still studies. JungKwon has already had some notable operatic engagements both in Germany and the UK, including Lepidus Octavia (Keiser) for the Innsbruck Alte Music Festival and Ruggiero Alcina for the Staatsoper, Hamburg. He has been a soloist with orchestras including Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (cond. GMD Marcus Bosch), the London Handel Festival Orchestra (cond. Laurence Cummings) and Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg (cond. Enrico Calesso), and this summer performed at the Halle Handel-Festspiele. He has won numerous awards, including the Berenberg Stiftung Kulturpreis 2017, the Special Prize at Vienna’s 8th European Opera Competition, First Prize at the Korea-Germany Brahms Association Concours, 3rd Prize at the 8th European Singing Competition DEBUT in Germany, 1st Prize at the 26th Competition of the Elise Meyer Foundation in Germany, 3rd prize & Special Prize at the 16th Maritim Musikpreis in Germany and the Audience Prize at the 2017 London Handel Festival Singing Competition. In 2016, he also had successes at the Osaka International Singing Competition, the International KS Ljuba Welitsch Singing Competition and the “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” International Singing Competition. He has recently broadcast as a Young Artist for NDR Kultur. JungKwon is grateful to have been the recipient of a scholarship from the Berenberg Bank Foundation.