About the Award

Established in 2008, the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award is a biennial award for outstanding graduate singers embarking on the profession. While the Kathleen Ferrier Award is for recital with piano and Cardiff Singer of the World for operatic arias, the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award distinctly offers emerging artists a much-valued opportunity to explore the treasures of the orchestral songbook and perform with Southbank Sinfonia, shortlisted in the 2017 and 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

The winner – chosen in a live final with the orchestra – not only wins a prize of £1000 but also become an Associate Artist of Southbank Sinfonia for two years, resulting in at least one public performance with the orchestra.

The Award is adjudicated by Southbank Sinfonia Music Director & Principal Conductor Simon Over alongside distinguished specialists who in previous years have included Sir Thomas Allen, Sally Matthews, Della Jones, Andrew Staples, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Susan Gritton and Paul Nilon.

Previous winners are mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean (2017), soprano Soraya Mafi and bass-baritone Bozidar Smiljanic (2015), baritone Gavan Ring (2013), soprano Susanna Hurrell (2011) and baritone Gerard Collett (2009).

It is our pleasure to award soprano Chloe Morgan the position of Associate Artist for 2021. Find out more about Chloe here.

Please check this page for updates on when we will next hold the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award.