Jess Dandy

Jess Dandy

CONTRALTO

Representation: General Management

Photo: Joanna Harries

Jess Dandy studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she held a fellowship and graduated with distinction.  She was the winner of the London Bach Society Singers Prize 2017 and Oxford Lieder Young Artist 2018.  She currently studies with Gary Coward.

A Britten-Pears Young Artist and Heidelberger Frühling Scholar, she has performed at 22 Mansfield Street, Holywell Music Room, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Pierre Boulez Saal and Heidelberg Stadthalle.

Jess is also co-founder with mezzo-soprano, Joanna Harries of Song Path, a walking concert series, founded to promote walking and music-making in the context of mental health and raising funds for Mind UK. To this end, she is the recipient of the Royal Overseas League Roderick Lakin Memorial Scholarship.

Opera highlights include two Royal Opera House workshops on new works by Datta/Glynn Maxwell and Philip Venables 4.48 Psychosis. Jess also covered the role of the Messenger and was a member of the ensemble in the Royal Opera House/Roundhouse production of Monteverdi Orfeo with director Michael Boyd and conductor Christopher Moulds and played the multi-part contralto role in Jack Furness’ production of Into the Little Hill for Shadwell Opera with Finnegan Downie Dear conducting.

On the concert platform appearances include Mozart Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Berlioz Roméo et Juliette at the Barbican and Salle Pleyel with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, Andriessen De Staat at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Simon Wills and Reich Music for the BBC Proms Multi-Story with Christopher  Stark.  Jess is also an experienced ensemble singer with the Monteverdi Choir, The King’s Consort, Le Concert d’Astrée, Polyphony, the Gabrieli Consort and Philharmonia Voices.

Recent engagements include a recording of Handel’s Samson (Micah) with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, alto solos in their performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass in Edinburgh and at Wigmore Hall, and the première of Alex Mills’s Dear Marie Stopes at the Tête-a-Tête Opera Festival. Upcoming engagements include recitals at the Oxford Lieder festival, Stanford’s Mass Via Victrix with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Mozart Requiem with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Handel’s Messiah with the Halle Orchestra and at Hereford Cathedral, and alto solos in the St John Passion with Stephen Layton and the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

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News

New signing: Jess Dandy

April 30th, 2018

British contralto joins roster for general management

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Reviews

Alex Mills DEAR MARIE STOPES – Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival 2018

“Two solo singers (here the soprano Alexa Mason and the rising star contralto Jess Dandy, both superb)…”

Alexandra Coghlan, Opera Magazine (September 2018)

Bach MASS IN B MINOR – The Dunedin Consort

“The stunning young contralto Jess Dandy, however, offered sumptuous tone and beautiful legato. She’s a name to watch.”
Neil Fisher, The Times (June 2018)

“For the ‘Agnus Dei’ Jess Dandy sang with expressive plangent tone, making much of the long unfolding lines, with the concluding chorus making a powerful conclusion to vibrantly moving account of this work.”
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill (June 2018)

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Handel – SAMSON – Dunedin Consort / Handel Festspiele Halle

“Possibly the most sustained role is that of Micah who observes and comments from the Israelite viewpoint, although it is not as emotionally demanding as the roles of Samson and Manoah. It was sung by English contralto Jessica Dandy… with great range and formidable low notes, excellent technique and subtle feeling, particularly in “Return, O God of hosts”.
Sandra Bowdler, Bachtrack (May 2018)

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Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
sue.nicholls@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706023

Assistant Artist Manager

Elin Jones (Cambridge)
elin.jones@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706026