CLASSICAL MUSIC / Upbeat: Songs for Europe

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The Independent Culture
THE STARRIER heights of singing are on show today at the French Institute in London, when the Classic 2000 competition reaches its final stage. Set up as one of the events around the Channel Tunnel opening, it has been tailored to non-Francophone singers working in the French song repertoire, and some high-powered young voices are expected to be in action. Even higher-powered names are on the jury list, including the tenor Hugues Cuenod and the coloratura soprano Mady Mesple, along with two Britons who have done much to promote the art: the accompanist Graham Johnson and the teacher Robin Bowman. 11am; admission free.