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 September 2019 – will not only win a prize of £1000 but also become an Associate Artist of Southbank Sinfonia for 2020-21, 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 young 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 & 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

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).

How to apply

In 2019, singers who have completed a postgraduate course at a British music college in the last ten years may apply. Please note, those completing a postgraduate course in 2019 are eligible to enter.

Find out more about your eligibility and the application process by downloading the information pack below, then complete the application form.

Download Information Pack (PDF)
Download Application Form (Word)

All applications must be emailed to Jess Cresswell, Administrator for the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, at hulsenaward[AT]gmail[DOT]com by 12:00 (British Summer Time) on Monday 10 June 2019. We regret that incomplete or late applications cannot be considered.