Singers hit high notes in Changsha
A total of 219 singers from 14 cities across Hunan province participated in the competition with eight advancing through to the final to be held at a later date.
Eight singers win gold prizes at the first round of the Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music in Changsha. [Photo by Huang Qiqing/Changsha Evening News]
The competition was held in two categories of bel canto (Italian) and folk singing. After two day's fierce crooning, outstanding singers from both groups were awarded with four gold prizes, six silver prizes and 10 bronze prizes.
Huang Xuhuai, Wang Xuanzhi, Zhang Xi and Chi Wei won the gold award for bel canto, while Li Ziwei, Wang Yan, Huang Chaoyu and Wang Qinyuan were crowned for their folk singing.
Singers perform at the Tianhan Grand Theater in Changsha on May 8. [Photo by Huang Qiqing/Changsha Evening News]
All eight golden winners will compete in the final of the Hunan competition before qualifying for the national finals of the Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music.
Wang Xuanzhi, one of the gold prize winners, sings passionately at a concert held at the Tianhan Grand Theater in Changsha on May 8. [Photo by Huang Qiqing/Changsha Evening News]
The Chinese Golden Bell Award, approved by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee, is held every two years and is the highest musical honor in China.
Source: Changsha Evening News