Ben Hulett accepting his awardMA Music student Benjamin Hulett is celebrating his recent success in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013, in which he contributed as a soloist for the recording of Handel’s Alceste. The recording won the top prize in the Opera category.

Announced in April, finalists for the awards were narrowed down to 21 recordings in seven categories selected by an expert jury, representing the best of all the recordings reviewed by BBC Music Magazine during the year. Ben, a tenor, performed on the Chandos label release from the Early Opera Company, which was conducted by Christian Curnyn and is now also available to purchase.

Ben said of his experience:

“The opportunity to make recordings of this quality are rapidly diminishing, labels preferring the cheaper option of turning a ‘live’ performance into a ‘live’ recording. Making a studio recording with these colleagues was a wonderful experience and I vividly remember writing an essay for (Brookes lecturer) Barbara Eichner between takes!”

Ben was selected to collect the award and to make a short acceptance speech at the ceremony in the recital hall of King’s Place, due to the conductor being away in Salzburg.

“The award ceremony was a new experience … singing somebody else’s music for a few thousand people is easy in comparison to speaking my own words to a couple of hundred.”

A YouTube clip of Ben accepting the award can be accessed via BBC Music’s YouTube account.

Congratulations to Ben and his colleagues for an excellent result.

For more information about BBC Music Magazine, please visit www.classical-music.com.

For more information on MA Music, visit the Oxford Brookes University Website.