Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award

Applications for the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award are now open

Are you a graduate singer? Would you enjoy the opportunity to perform with an orchestra? Now is your chance, as Southbank Sinfonia welcomes applications for the prestigious Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award.

The winner – chosen in a live final with the orchestra in May 2024 – will not only win a prize of £1000 but also become an Associate Artist of Southbank Sinfonia for 2024-25, resulting in at least one public performance with the orchestra.

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.

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 soprano Chloe Morgan (2019), 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).

Application Process

In 2024, singers who have completed a postgraduate course at a British music college in the last ten years may apply. To apply, you must submit the following items:

  • a completed application form
  • recent filmed footage of yourself in performance
  • a recent colour photo (headshot) of yourself 
  • your up-to-date CV

All applications must be emailed to by 12.00 noon (GMT) on Wednesday 13 March 2024. We regret that incomplete or late applications cannot be considered.

Key Dates

  • Application deadline: 12 noon (GMT) Wednesday 13 March 2024
  • Piano round: Wednesday 03 April 2024, St John’s Smith Square
  • Final (rehearsals): Tuesday 21 May 2024, St John’s Smith Square
  • Final (performance): Thursday 23 May 2024, St John’s Smith Square

Find out more about the application process and the award: 

Application Information

Application Form