In February, the Music Section presented two of its Critics’ Circle Awards. At the Hackney Empire, Mark Valencia was on hand to do the honours, presenting soprano Jennifer France her award after her incredible performance for Scottish Opera in Stuart MacRae’s new opera, Anthropocene. The following evening, Mark Pullinger presented Karina Canellakis her award after her concert with the BBCSO, her debut at the Barbican. (© BBC | Mark Allan)

Jennifer France and Mark Valencia