B i o g r a p h y

Jessica is a twenty seven year old mezzo-soprano and Fellow in French Language at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Originally from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, she went on to study Modern & Medieval Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge before taking up a place on the Artist Masters Programme in Vocal Studies at the Guildhall with Professor Susan McCulloch. Now a student of Gary Coward, she is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and, as a student, held a Help Musicians’ UK Postgraduate Performance Award.

With both a literary and musical background, Jess is particularly passionate about the performance of lieder. She greatly benefited from her work with Wolfgang Holzmair, Imogen Cooper & Richard Stokes in Aldeburgh and more recently at the Wigmore Hall, culminating in recitals of Schubert, Schumann and Wolf. Alongside lieder, Jess has also given mélodie recitals at Barbican Hall & the City of London Festival, as well as being a member of Graham Johnson’s Song Guild.

The contemporary and baroque periods have thus far characterised Jess’ operatic repertoire. Recent roles include a multi-character Narrator/Minister/Minister’s Wife in George Benjamin’s Into The Little Hill for Shadwell Opera (Finnegan Downie Dear/Jack Furness) and cover & chorus for La Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, an exciting new production (Christopher Moulds/Michael Boyd) marking the beginning of a new collaboration between The Roundhouse, Camden with The Royal Opera House.

Concert performances include Andriessen De Staat at Queen Elizabeth Hall; Berlioz Roméo et Juliette under Valery Gergiev at the Barbican & Salle Pleyel (semi-chorus) and Vivaldi Gloria at Cadogan Hall.

Jessica is grateful to The Ann Driver Trust, The Guildhall School Trust, The Kathleen Trust, The Seary Charitable Trust and The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation for their kind & generous support.

 

OPERA

2017 Soumik Datta & Glyn Maxwell ROH Workshop Jerwood Studios

2016 Philip Venables 4.48 Psychosis (cover) ROH/Lyric Hammersmith Musical Director: Richard Baker Director: Ted Huffman

2015 The Crowd/Narrator/The Minister/The Minister’s Wife George Benjamin Into the Little Hill Shadwell Opera The Courtyard

Musical Director: Finnegan Downie Dear Director: Jack Furness

The Messenger (cover Susan Bickley) and Ensemble Monteverdi Orfeo, a collaboration between The Royal Opera House and

The Roundhouse Camden

Musical Director: Christopher Moulds Director: Michael Boyd

2014 Sesto La Clemenza di Tito British Youth Opera Easter Workshop led by David Gowland & Martin Lloyd Evans

Echo & Chorus The Adventures of Pinocchio Silk Street Theatre GSMD

Musical Director: Dominic Wheeler Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans

Annio La Clemenza di Tito; Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos; Orlovsky Die Fledermaus GSMD Opera Scenes

Musical Director: Linnhe Robertson Directors: Simon Cole & Shirley Keane

2013 Mrs Noye Noye’s Fludde Tewkesbury Abbey The Cheltenham Festival

Musical Director: Glyn Oxley Director: Edward Derbyshire

Concepción L’Heure Espagnole ; Ruggiero Alcina, GSMD Opera Scenes

Musical Director: Liz Marcus Director: Emma Rivlin

Bianca The Rape of Lucretia, GSMD Opera Scenes

Musical Director: Linnhe Robertson Director: Simon Cole

 

RECITAL

2016 Milton Court Concert Hall Angels, Demons & Visionaries Russian Song Recital led by Lada Valesova pianist Natalie Burch

2015 Oxford Lieder Festival New College Antechapel Chansons de Bilitis pianist Lana Bode

Barbican Hall Pre-LSO Debussy Recital pianist Dylan Perez; GSMD Song Guild Recital led by Graham Johnson

2014 Trinity College, Cambridge Extracts from Das Lied von der Erde pianist Ben-San Lau

Wigmore Hall Wolfgang Holzmair Showcase Concert Schubert, Wolf and Schumann Lieder pianist Kaoru Wada

Oxford Lieder Festival Holywell Music Room: Schubert Evening Songs, cover for Wolfgang Holzmair & Graham Johnson

Britten Pears Young Artists Programme Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape Maltings: Wolf Lieder pianist Kaoru Wada

City of London Festival: Schubert & Wolf pianist Hannah Watson

Wigmore Hall Wolf Lecture Recital led by Julian Philips pianist Ben-San Lau

2013 Oxford Lieder Master Course Recital Holywell Music Room: Brahms, Ives & Tchaikovsky pianist Ben-San Lau

City of London Festival Wagner, Bizet and Gounod pianist Hyejeong Rhee

Oxted & Limpsfield Festival R. Strauss, Ravel and Britten pianist Hannah Watson

Austrian Cultural Forum, songs by Ernst Krenek led by Jane Manning, pianist Juliane Gallant

22 Mansfield Street, Russian song led by Lada Valesova pianist Juliane Gallant

CONCERT & ORATORIO

2017 Last Night of the Proms dir. John Iveson Cartmel Priory Contralto soloist

Rutter Feel the Spirit Jenkins The Armed Man Southrepps Festival dir. Stephen Richards

Mozart Requiem Eltham Choral Society dir. Max Barley

Mozart Requiem Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields and Brandenburg Sinfonia dir. Jeremy Cole St Martin-in-the-Fields

2016 J.S. Bach Mass in B minor Amici Voices dir. Terence Charlston High Street Methodist Church Harpenden

Southrepps Music Festival Serenade to Music & Dixit Dominus dir. Ben Jonson

2014/15 Haydn Sparrow Mass dir. Michael Waldron Woking Choral Society

Iain Burnside Why does the Queen Die? Milton Court Studio Theatre & Oxford Lieder Festival O’Reilly Theatre Keble College

Pergolesi Stabat Mater dir. Christopher Stark, venture3

Andriessen De Staat dir. Christopher Stark MULTI-STORY Peckham Rye Car Park

Vivaldi Gloria in D major dir. David Curtis Orchestra & Choir of the Swan Cadogan Hall

2013 Berlioz Roméo et Juliette Semi-chorus dir. Valery Gergiev Barbican Hall & Salle Pleyel Paris, London Symphony Orchestra

Andriessen, De Staat dir. Simon Wills The Rest is Noise Festival Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank

J.S.Bach Mass in B minor Malvern Priory

2012 J.S. Bach Cantatas & Handel Dixit Dominus one-to-a-part Brouwen Round Church Cambridge

J.S. Bach Cantatas dir. Nicholas Mulroy Girton College Cambridge

J.S. Bach St Matthew Passion one-to-a-part dir. Nicholas Mulroy & Margaret Faultless Sidney Sussex Arts Festival

MASTERCLASSES & COURSES

2017 Oxenfoord International Summer School Advanced Course

2014 Wigmore Hall Masterclasses with Wolfgang Holzmair; Oxford Lieder Festival Masterclass with Angelika Kirchschlager

Academy of French Song & Opera led by Florence Daguerre de Hureaux, Caroline Dowdle and Jean-Paul Pruna

Britten Pears Young Artist 2014 Wolf Lieder led by Wolfgang Holzmair & Imogen Cooper

Wigmore Hall Wolf Lieder Series Masterclass with Stephan Loges

2013 Oxford Lieder Master Course led by Roger Vignoles; Physical Theatre Summer Course, LAMDA led by Michael Brown & Yorgos Karamalegos; Masterclass with Malcolm Martineau, Guildhall School of Music & Drama

ENSEMBLES

The Monteverdi Choir dir. Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Le Concert d’Astrée dir. Emmanuelle Haïm, Polyphony dir. Stephen Layton; Florilegium dir. David Hill; Philharmonia Voices dir. Aidan Oliver; Philharmonia Chorus dir. Stefan Bevier Professional Scheme; The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge dir. Stephen Layton; London Choral Sinfonia dir. Michael Waldron; Illuminare Choir dir. Jeremy Cole The Choir of The Carmelite Priory dir. Simon Lloyd; Holy Trinity Prince Consort Road dir. Tim Roe

FUNDING

2016 The Kathleen Trust, The John Wates Charitable Trust

2014-15 The Ann Driver Trust

2013-15 The Kathleen Trust, The Seary Charitable Trust, The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation

2013-14 Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Performance Award, The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust

2012-14 The Worshipful Company of Curriers, The Guildhall School Trust

COMPETITION

2017 London Bach Society, Bach Singers Prize: Winner

2016 2ème concours de chant art lyrique jeunes espoirs, Opéra Grand Avignon

2015 Chartered Surveyors’ Prize Guildhall School of Music & Drama: finalist

EDUCATION

2016 Guildhall School of Music & Drama Artists Fellowship

2012-15 Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Extended Artist Masters in Vocal Studies with distinction Singing teachers: Professor Susan McCulloch 2012-15; Gary Coward 2015-present

2008-12 Trinity College, University of Cambridge, Bachelor of Arts, French & German Mark of special excellence in French speaking;

Cambridge University Language Centre Certificate of Basic Italian; Open University Certificate of Basic Spanish

2010-11 ENS de Lyon – French Literature & Philosophy

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