Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award

26 October 2017 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

| £10


Including orchestral songs by Wagner, Berlioz, Grieg, Mahler, Debussy, Ravel, Rodrigo, Nico Muhly, James MacMillan and more
(Full programme)

Madeleine Bradbury Rance soprano
Emma Kerr mezzo
Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo
Patrick Terry countertenor
Jon Stainsby baritone

Simon Over conductor
Southbank Sinfonia

Everyone loves a song contest, from the Kathleen Ferrier Award to Cardiff Singer of the World. While they respectively entail recital and operatic repertoire, young singers find few opportunities to delve into the glories of the orchestral songbook. This is rectified by the biennial Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, named after a treasured friend of Southbank Sinfonia who died in 2015.

Conducted by Simon Over, five finalists will compete live for their chance to win the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, as judged by an expert panel. You too can have your say, casting a vote for your favourite performer to win the Audience Prize.

The winner of the 2017 Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award will become an Associate Artist of Southbank Sinfonia for 2018-19, building a relationship with the orchestra that will include future collaborations.

Since jointly winning the 2015 award, Soraya Mafi has become an audience favourite thanks to stand-out performances at the Anghiari Festival and in London with Southbank Sinfonia, while also starring on-stage with ENO, Opera North and Welsh National Opera. Božidar Smiljanić, meanwhile, has performed with Glyndebourne, Garsington Opera and with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Tickets £10
Please note there will be two intervals in this concert, during which refreshments will be available from the cash bar.

Online booking is now closed, but tickets for this evening’s concert can be purchased on the door

The Finalists

Madeleine Bradbury Rance soprano
Currently studying for a Masters in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Madeleine was previously a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge. Madeleine has appeared on stage at Covent Garden in semichorus with the Royal Opera, and performed solo roles with Hampstead Garden Opera and Opera in the Meantime.Find out more >
Madeleine Bradbury Rance | Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award
Emma Kerr mezzo
Since graduating with distinction from the Opera Course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Emma has enjoyed seasons as a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne and an Emerging Artist with Scottish Opera. Further highlights include roles with British Youth Opera, Garsington Opera, and she will be joining ENO this season in Nico Muhly’s Marnie.Find out more >
Emma Kerr | Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award
Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo
Lotte completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016 having previously studied in her native Australia, the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and in New York. Selected to compete in the 2017 Wigmore Hall Song Compeition, Lotte has also performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival and in a solo recital at Bristol’s Colston Hall. Later in the year, she returns to tour again with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.Find out more >
Lotte Betts-Dean | Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award
Patrick Terry countertenor
Born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, Patrick has studied at the University of Minnesota and Royal Academy of Music. Winner of the Loveday Song Prize in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, his career has so far included performances with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Chicago Summer Opera and a UK tour with the Merry Opera Company.Find out more >
Patrick Terry | Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award
Jon Stainsby baritone
A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Jon initially graduated in English from the University of Cambridge and completed a doctorate in English Literature at the University of Oxford. He now combines these interests in a varied career with the interpretation and performance of words and music at its heart. Performance highlights include Claude Vivier’s extraordinary Kopernikus with De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam and covering the title role in Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera.Find out more >
Jon Stainsby | Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award
ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInEmail this to someone


26 October 2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Categories:


St John’s Waterloo
St John's Church, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY United Kingdom
+ Google Map