Competition: Win one of five copies of The King's Consort's new Handel CD

Long-awaited return of The King's Consort with new Hyperion recording of Handel's Parnasso in Festa

26 September 2008

Parnasso in FestaIn our latest competition we've teamed up with Hyperion to give away five copies of their new recording of Handel's Parnasso in Festa, released this October.

The recording sees the long overdue return to the studio of The King's Consort, under the baton of the group's newly appointed Artistic Director Matthew Halls. Here the ensemble presents the premiere recording of Handel's Parnasso in Festa: a unique example in Handel's enormous creative career of a fully-fledged celebratory cantata.

This form was rare in England but had developed in parallel with opera in Italy, where it was popular for commemorating special occasions of international significance, such as royal weddings. Parnasso in Festa was written for Princess Anne's marriage to Prince William of Orange.

This masterpiece has been starved of the wider attention that can only come from frequent performances and disseminated recordings.

Hyperion LogoThis exciting new double CD set from Hyperion gives listeners a chance to hear this work in all its glory once more. The King's Consort is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists led by Carolyn Sampson and including Lucy Crowe, Rebecca Outram, Diana Moore, Ruth Clegg, and Peter Harvey.

For your chance to win a copy of the premiere recording of Handel's Parnasso in Festa, all you need to do is answer the following question:

In composing Parnasso in Festa, Handel decided to re-use parts of the music from which earlier oratorio?

a) Esther

b) Athalia

c) Deborah

Hyperion has recently been named record company of the year at the 2008 Gramophone Awards, for more details of their new releases and catalogue, please visit their website.

Email your answer, name and address to by 20 October 2008. Please indicate if you do not wish to receive further correspondence.



Rules, terms and conditions: 1. This competition is organised by and Hyperion Records. 2. reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted within the competition notice. 3. In the event of a dispute regarding the terms and conditions, conduct, results and all other matters relating to this competition, the decision of the Editor or Deputy Editor shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. 4. The competition is open to residents of the UK only. 5. Contributors and employees, their associates and members of their families and households are not eligible to enter. 6. Only one entry per person is permitted for this competition. 7. Entries received after the closing date of 20 October 2008 will be automatically disqualified. No purchase required. 8. The winners will be chosen at random after the closing date, from all correct entries received by 11.59pm on 20 October 2008. 9. Prizes are non-transferable. No cash alternatives will be offered. The winner will be notified by email and the prize delivered by post.