Cardiff singer shrinks

The BBC has cut the number of finalists in this year’s Cardiff Singer of the World competition from 25 to 20 and the number of rounds from five to four. The usual reason – ‘due to challenging financial circumstances’ – but it makes good sense. Anyone remember who came 22nd last time? (Tell us if it was you)

And I’d be surprised if the lower orders got much from the experience other than another tick in the box and an economy rail return to London. The contest takes place June 12-19.

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