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Jess Dandy (mezzo-soprano) sings Poulenc, Schumann and Vaughan Williams

Monday July 2, 2018 at 1:10 pm
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Chansons villageoises - Francis Poulenc
  2. Liederkreis Op 39 - Robert Schumann
  3. Four Last Songs - Ralph Vaughan Williams

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 and 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 and 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 and generous support.

Pianist Dylan Perez is a highly sought after recitalist, chamber musician, and coach specialising in vocal repertoire. He graduated in 2016 with Distinction from the Artist Masters programme at the Guildhall School where he studied with Pamela Lidiard and Julius Drake. Prior to relocating to London, he studied at the University of Michigan with Louis Nagel and Martin Katz.

Dylan recently won the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with duo partner Jess Dandy. He has also been awarded the Gerald Moore Prize for accompanists and the Paul Hamburger Prize for Accompaniment in association with a performance of Die schöne Müllerin, directed by Graham Johnson.

In April 2016, he was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier awards at Wigmore Hall where he, along with his duo partner mezzo soprano Bianca Andrew, received the Loveday Song Prize. He was a finalist in the competition again in 2017, and performed with Francesca Chiejina, Daniel Shelvey, and Eduard Mas Bacardit.

Along with duo partner Iúnó Connolly, Dylan was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, Germany.

He has performed alongside the Prince Consort at the Wigmore Hall, playing Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzer and Stephen Hough’s Other Love Songs.

Dylan has performed in Pre-LSO concerts at the Barbican Hall and was featured in a BBC Proms Extra concert, broadcast live on Radio 3 from Imperial College. Recently, he was featured on a Radio 3 recital, performing songs by Richard Rodney Bennett with baritone Benson Wilson.

He is an alumnus of the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria, where he performed in masterclasses for Julius Drake, Rudolf Jansen, Helmut Deutsch, and Elly Ameling. Dylan is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist and studied there with Christoph Pregardien, Julius Drake, and Richard Stokes.

Dylan is the founder of re-sung, a London based song recital series that focuses on the connection between text and music, with special interest on creating new interpretations of masterworks and championing contemporary song.

He has attended SongFest on the Martin Katz Fellowship and the Aspen Music Festival as a student of Ann Schein. He was a participant in The Song Continues masterclass series at Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne, Jessye Norman, and Dalton Baldwin, and was subsequently invited to be a pianist for their residency in Paris.

Dylan has also played in masterclasses with Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Dame Felicity Lott, and with Roger Vignoles, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Christian Gerhaher at Wigmore Hall.

Passionate about the voice, Dylan is closely associated with Prof. Janice Chapman at the Guildhall School where he plays for her lessons, learns about the mechanics of vocal technique, and amasses vast knowledge for coaching young and mature singers.

He continues on the Artist Diploma course at the Guildhall School and studies with Eugene Asti, Andrew West, and Iain Burnside. Dylan is grateful for the support of the Norman Gee Foundation and the Guildhall School Trust.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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