Dylan Perez

American 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. Recently, he was awarded the Gerald Moore Award and the Paul Hamburger Prize for Accompaniment.

 

He was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Das Lied International Competition, with duo partner Iúnó Connolly. He has twice been a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier awards at Wigmore Hall. In May 2016, he performed alongside the Prince Consort at the Wigmore Hall. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and an alumnus of the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria. He has performed in Pre-LSO concerts at the Barbican Hall and was recently featured in a BBC Proms Extra concert, broadcast live on Radio 3 from Imperial College.

 

Prior to relocating to London, he studied at the University of Michigan with Louis Nagel and Martin Katz. 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, Christian Gerhaher and Brigitte Fassbaender at Wigmore Hall.

 

Dylan is the founder of the London based recital series re-sung, which has its inaugural season in 2017-2018. He is currently on on the Artist Diploma course at the Guildhall School and studies with Eugene Asti, Andrew West, Julius Drake and Iain Burnside. Dylan is grateful for the support of the Norman Gee Foundation and the Guildhall School Trust.

 

www.dylanjohnperez.com

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Lucy Anderson

Scottish soprano Lucy Anderson is in her second year of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying with Janice Chapman. Lucy is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and has received critical praise for the “lovely Straussian gleam” and “heartfelt conviction” of her singing. Lucy is the recipient of the Frances Collins Award, a Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship and a Mary Gillespie Award. Lucy has also been awarded the Mary D Adams Scholarship and the Norma Greig French Song Prize. Lucy reached the semi-final of the 2015 Mozart Singing Competition and represented the Guildhall School in the 2018 Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize. Lucy is generously supported by the Robertson Trust and the Worshipful Company of Barbers.

Full roles include Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites, Magda The Consul, title-role (cover) Iolanta, Proserpina (cover) The Tale of Januarie, Tigrane (cover) Radamisto (Guildhall School), Sarah The Parrot House (Guildhall Opera Makers), Mrs Nolan The Medium (Grimeborn Opera Festival), First Lady The Magic Flute (Opera Camerata), La Sorcière Si l'enfant ne dort pas bien... (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Countess Almaviva The Marriage of Figaro (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Roles in opera scenes include: Tatiana Eugene Onegin (BBCSO), Maria Maria Stuarda, Clorinda La Cenerentola, Natasha War and Peace, Virtù L'incoranazione di Poppea, Mrs Julian Owen Wingrave, Blue Fairy The Adventures of Pinocchio, Micaëla Carmen, title-role Armide and Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (Guildhall School). Chorus appearances include Lakmé, Aida, L'amore dei tre Re, La bohème, Iris, The Queen of Spades (Opera Holland Park).

Solo concert performances include Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust (LSO), Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project (BBCSO), Violetta La Traviata (excerpts, Cooper Hall Opera Club), Verdi Requiem (LSO Singing Day), Handel Messiah, Bach Mass in B Minor, Poulenc Gloria, Duruflé Requiem, Schubert Mass in C, Beethoven Mass in C and Fauré Requiem. Recital highlights include a performance of Strauss songs at Barbican Hall for the LSO Platforms series and the Sir James Caird Centenary Concert at the Caird Hall, Dundee.

 

Future engagements include Nella Gianni Schicchi (LSSO), Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Bournemouth Symphony Chorus), Lucia/Lucia II The Long Christmas Dinner, The Countess of Dunmow A Dinner Engagement (Guildhall School). Lucy will make her debut with Scottish Opera in the 18/19 season, details to be announced soon.

 

www.lucyanderson.co.uk

Georgia Mae Bishop

Born in Jersey, mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop initially studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and continues her studies on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Marcus van den Akker. She is the winner of the Chartered Surveyors' Competition, was awarded Second Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition and was a finalist in Fulham Opera’s Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize.

 

Opera credits include the title role in Carmen, (Dartington Festival Orchestra), Vera Boronel in The Consul (Guildhall Opera), Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, (Opera Lyrica), Witch in Hansel und Gretel (Pimlott Foundation) and in a concert performance with the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra. Chorus in Don Carlos, La Boheme and Samson et Dalila, (Grange Park Opera) and Paul Bunyan, (British Youth Opera). 

 

Georgia made her Barbican Hall debut with the LSO as Alto Soloist in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, and her Royal Festival Hall debut as the contralto soloist in a performance of Ustvolskaya Symphony no.4 with the LPO. Other concert performances include; Alto semi-chorus soloist in Elijah, (St John’s Smith Square), Berio Folk Songs, (South Bank Centre), Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Elgar’s Sea Pictures and The Apostles (Ely Cathedral).

 

Georgia’s studies are generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Weavers, The Steel Charitable Trust and the Opera Awards Foundation. Upcoming performances include Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmélites for Guildhall Opera, mezzo soloist in Elgar’s The Music Makers and covering Mistress Quickly in Falstaff for Garsington Opera.

Samantha Clarke

Samantha Clarke is an Australian soprano studying with Yvonne Kenny on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD) as a Tait Memorial Trust and Countess of Munster Trust Scholar as well as a Nora Goodridge Developing Artist through the Australian Music Foundation.

 

Recently, Samantha completed an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma and Intensive Masters of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, as a Sir John Fisher Foundation and Independent Opera Scholar, under the tutelage of Mary Plazas. While at the RNCM, she sang the role of Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte and the title role in Handel’s Theodora.

 

Samantha is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award, the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Michael and Joyce Kennedy Award for the singing of Strauss. Samantha was awarded a 2017 RNCM Gold Medal. Samantha is very keen to explore more of the recital platform and has performed in venues such as The Wigmore Hall and The Foundlings Museum.

 

Having been member of the ensemble in Le nozze di Figaro at Longborough in 2016, Samantha was delighted to return to Longborough in July for her debut as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. In September she sang the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with British Youth Opera followed by Anna Gomez in The Consul with GSMD. 2018/2019 brings exciting news for Samantha as she performs the role of Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with British Youth Opera in September and then with the GSMD Opera School, Samantha will revisit the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and perform the role of Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Iúnó Connolly

Soprano Iúnó Connolly graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp. Prior to this, she graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours.

 

Iúnó is the winner of  the Elena Gehardt Lieder Prize; the promising singer prize at the Dean & Chadlington Singing Competition; the Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize and won the Vocal Competition at the International Eisteddfod in 2014. She has been a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Soloist; a member of the Academy's prestigious Song Circle and a Josephine Baker Trust soloist.

 

Recent concert and opera engagements include performances at the Peacock Theatre with British Youth Opera; St. Martin-in-the-Fields; St. Clement Danes; St. Paul's Covent Garden and the Army & Naval Club.

 

Engagements for 2017 have so far included appearances at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence with English Voices in productions of Don Giovanni and The Rake's Progress and recital debuts at the Chipping Camden International Music Festival and the 1901 Arts Club, London with duo partner Dylan Perez. The duo were also semi-finalists in the Das Lied International Song Competition in Germany earlier this year.

 

Iúnó is a Britten Pears Young Artist and a Concordia Foundation Artist.

Corinne Cowling

Australian/American soprano Corinne Cowling has performed in major concert halls across the UK and Istanbul as soprano soloist for Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala National UK Tour 2017 and 2018. Recent engagements include Barbarina (cover Susanna) in Clonter Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro, Cosette in Pimlico Opera’s Prison Project of Les Misérables, the University of Plymouth Choral Society and Sinfonia Christmas Concert, LSO St Luke’s Lunchtime Concert Series, LSO’s Guildhall Artist Platform Series at Barbican Hall and Side by Side at Wigmore Hall with The Prince Consort and GSMD artists. Corinne is currently performing the role of Peep-bo in Charles Court Opera’s The Mikado at the King’s Head Theatre

 

 

Corinne recently graduated with an MMus, MPerf (Vocal Studies) with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has a BMus, GradDip Opera Studies from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She also studied dance at The Hague’s Royal Conservatorium performing on tour across The Netherlands for the Holland Dance Festival.

 

Awards include third place in the AESS Dame Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, first place in the Franz Schubert Institut Competition and the GSMD Award at the 2014 IFAC Australian Singing Competition.  She has been generously supported by the Drake Calleja Trust, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and Golden Key International Honour Society. 

Amie Foon

Mezzo-soprano Amie Foon from Sweden is currently studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the tutelage of Susan Waters. She is now in her third year of her bachelor studies and generously supported by the school through The Anglo-Swedish Society. Amie Foon discovered her love for classical music as a 16-year old when she started to take cello lessons, she then changed pathway from jazz singing to classical singing.

 

Before starting her studies in London she studied chamber music as a singer and cellist at Kävesta folkhögskola and then singing and the interpretation of art songs at Vadstena folkhögskola. She has participated in masterclasses with Anne Sofie von Otter, prof. Dorothy Irving, Torbjörn Lillieqvist and Olle Persson. At Guildhall she has had the opportunity to study with many fine singers and coaches such as Sarah Walker, Richard Jackson and Richard Goulding and recently she was given the opportunity to participate as a chorister in the Opera Department’s world premier of Julian Philip’s opera The Tale of Januarie.

 

Apart from performing art songs which is Amie’s true passion, she also sings oratorio and opera; in 2015 she sung the alto solo in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the orchestra Opera da Camera di Venezia in Vadstena, Sweden and in 2016 she performed Beatrice in Vadstenas folkhögskola’s production of Lo sposo senza moglie by Domenico Cimarosa.

Jonah Halton

Tenor Jonah Halton is now in his third year of studying classical singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Adrian Thompson, with the hopes of making a career in opera singing as an international soloist. He has regularly performed in concerts as a soloist back home in High Wycombe, elsewhere within the UK and abroad.

 

His performance experience includes numerous recitals, tours, concerts, competitions and masterclasses. Competition successes include the Kathleen Ferrier Junior Bursary Award (October 2016), being placed as runner up out of sixteen competitors from the eight major conservatoires in the UK.

 

Other recent performances include Oebalus in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus, (October 2017), tenor soloist in Schubert’s Mass in Eb (May 2017), Claudio in a new opera of Much ado about Nothing (workshopped by composer James Garner and Early Modern Conversions, June 2017), Vaughan-Williams’s Serenade to Music in Milton Court Concert Hall (September 2017) and Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah for Wycombe Student Summer Music (August 2016).

Lauren Lodge- Campbell

British/Australian soprano Lauren Lodge-Campbell recently graduated from the Artist Masters course at the Guildhall School, where she studied with Janice Chapman and Yvonne Kenny. Lauren completed a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance, 1st class) at the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia, studying with Margaret Schindler.

 

Lauren recently placed 2nd and received the audience prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition. In 2017 Lauren was the winner of the inaugural Cheltenham Bach Choir Competition, the Schubert Society Song Prize at the London Song Festival, and a Semi Finalist in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition with Michael Sikich. Lauren also won the Susan Longfield Prize and the Franz Schubert Institut Lieder Competition at the Guildhall School. The latter awarded her a full scholarship to study at the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden, Austria in summer 2016.

 

Opera roles include Princess The Hogboon (LSO, cond. Simon Rattle); Ensemble The Return of Ulysses (ROH, Roundhouse); Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen, Drusilla L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, A Woman/The Plaint The Fairy Queen (all Queensland Conservatorium); Lauretta Gianni Schicchi (Sound Thinking Summer School); Matsya Floods (Queensland Conservatorium/Brisbane Festival, World Premiere).

 

A keen recitalist, Lauren was a member of the Guildhall Song Guild directed by Graham Johnson. She has performed at recitals at the Barbican Hall, LSO St Luke’s and at the Holywell Music Room as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse. Lauren performed Schumann’s Spanisches Liebeslieder at Wigmore Hall alongside the Prince Consort and Guildhall musicians.

 

Lauren is grateful for the generous support from the Carpenters' Company (Henry Osborne Award), the Australia Day Foundation UK Trust, the Kathleen Trust and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Anne Reilly

Anne Reilly is an American mezzo-soprano from New Hampshire. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music with First Honours, she currently studies on the Guildhall Artist Masters course with Christine Cairns and Susan McCulloch. Before moving to London, Anne studied acting at Case Western Reserve University and singing at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Recent operatic engagements include Dialogues des Carmélites (nun; cover for La prieure) with the Guildhall Opera programme. She has also sung in scenes from Carmen (Mercédès), L’Egisto (Didone), Così fan tutte (Dorabella), and La Calisto (Diana). Anne is also very passionate about art song, and recently performed Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles at Milton Court for the BBC Total Immersion Series. She has sung in recitals directed by Eugene Asti, Stephan Loges, Gordon Stewart, Richard Jackson, and as an alto soloist with the Alba Consort. Anne’s studies are generously supported by the Guildhall Trust.

Julien van Mellaerts

New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts, has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he was a Fishmongers Scholar studying with Russell Smythe. On graduation, he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. Before moving to London, Julien studied music and languages at the University of Otago, NZ.

 

Julien has recently won the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Award at the Wigmore Hall. Other awards include: Kiwi Music Scholarship and a Countess of Munster Award 2016/2017, winner of the 2016 Joan Chissell Schumann Song Prize, 2016 Brooks-Van Der Pump English Song Competition, and the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards. 

 

Recent operatic roles include: Second soldier and second Nazarene in Salome at the Verbier Festival with Charles Dutoit; Dandini in La Cenerentola with Diva Opera; Schaunard in La Bohème as a Christine Collins Young Artist at Opera Holland Park; Danilo in Lehar’s The Merry Widow for Ryedale Festival; Le mari/le directeur in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Mr Gedge in Albert Herring, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at the RCMIOS.

 

Highlights this season include baritone soloist with the Royal Ballet in their production of Elizabeth, with performances at the Barbican and on tour to the USA, Europe and UK, Schaunard in La Bohème with New Zealand Opera, the title role in Eugene Onegin with the Cambridge Philharmonic, the Referee in Mozart vs the Machine for Mahogany Opera Group, recitals with Julius Drake in Madrid, performances at Wigmore and Cadogan Hall, concerts with East Anglia Chamber and City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestras, and recitals at the London Song, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder Festivals.

 

He is incredibly grateful for the continued support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, Hunn Trust, John Wates, Josephine Baker Trust, Concordia Foundation and the Peace and Prosperity Trust.

Catherine White

Catherine White is a soprano in her last year of postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the tutelage of Marilyn Rees.

 

Highlights of Catherine’s studies have included being selected to partake in the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Award, British Youth Opera workshops, and masterclasses with artists such as John Fisher, Donald Maxwell, Simon Lepper, and Kathryn Harries. As well as this Catherine was a semi-finalist in the Guildhall English Song Competition and also the Somerset Song Prize in 2016.
 

Most recent performances include being in the Nuns Chorus in Guildhalls opera production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and performing at the V&A Opera : Passion, Power, Politics exhibition. Catherine is passionate, diligent, and driven to succeed and is ultimately working to create a place for herself in the professional music industry.

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