Every two years, outstanding young singers compete for the coveted Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, in celebration of a genre that brims with passion, lyricism and drama. This year’s winner is charismatic Irish baritone Gavan Ring, rising star of the National Opera Studio. In this special concert in the Linbury Studio Theatre, he performs with the equally talented young forces of the Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Simon Over.
The evening’s eclectic programme includes Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée and Pavane pour une infante défunte, Adams’s The Wound-Dresser, Schubert’s Overture in the Italian Style, a selection of Schubert's songs orchestrated by Brahms, Berlioz and Beethoven, and traditional Irish songs.
The Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award was established in 2009 by Southbank Sinfonia in collaboration with the Musicians Benevolent Fund.