Helen Charlston and Toby Carr win BBC Music Magazine's 2023 Vocal Award

Announced at a special ceremony in King's Place on Weds 19th April, Helen Charlston's Battle Cry: She Speaks has won the 2023 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award.



Shortlisted alongside Sandrine Piau and Anna Prohaska, the Award was announced following a live performance of Purcell's Evening Prayer, which features on the album.

Reviewing the album, BBC Music Magazine wrote:

"Helen Charlston and Toby Carr focus on the close relationship between voice and theorbo in their recital, scaling down several works to create the intimacy of a duet. Charlston's mezzo is as dark and full bodied as a good claret, and she offers highly expressive readings of the texts, plumbing their depths with glass-cut diction and a glorious range of colours ... wistful pieces, eloquentley played"


From the whole Production team at Delphian - heartfelt congratulations!  

Battle Cry: She Speaks

Helen Charlston | Toby Carr

This powerful yet understated recital of modern and seventeenth-century works aims to revisit but also to re-balance the obsession of earlier music with female abandonment and lament.
The stories of women such as Dido and Ariadne have been told and retold throughout history. Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston reconsiders the assumed helplessness of those often seen as being left behind by male adventure and success.