The awards saw prizes given to two Oxford Bach Soloists (OBS) Concertists, Hugh Cutting and Helen Charlston.

Hugh Cutting has won the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award’s First Prize following an exceptional performance in the final. He is the first countertenor ever to win first prize in the Awards’ 66-year history. The Ferrier Loveday Song Prize was given to mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston who had previously won first prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition.

The two singers took part in Oxford Bach Soloists’ groundbreaking semi-staged production of Bach’s St John Passion filmed and released during the lockdown of 2021.


Hugh and Helen perform in the OBS’ Brandenburg 300 series.

Brandenburg 300

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