The prize winners of the 66th Kathleen Ferrier Awards were announced last night.

This year, British countertenor Hugh Cutting won the first prize of £12,500. Hugh is a member of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio and a Vocal Masters graduate of the Royal College of Music.

The second prize of £6,000 was awarded to Latvian soprano Laura Peresivana, who is studying at the National Opera Studio, while The Ferrier Loveday Song Prize of £5,000 went to British mezzo Helen Charlston, who previously won first prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition. The Accompanist’s Prize – funded by Help Musicians – went to Israeli pianist Ilan Kurtser, who will receive £5,000. Ilan is studying at the Royal Academy of Music.

The Awards, which was hosted by BBC Radio 3 Presenter, Martin Handley, will be streamed online for free on the Kathleen Ferrier Awards website. The semi-final will be broadcast on 29 November, 30 November, 1 December and 2 December at 7.30pm. The final will be available to watch on 4 and 5 December at 7.30pm. You’ll be able to watch the streams back for a month. Donations are gratefully received for the free-to-view Awards.