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Jessica Dandy

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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 the 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform.

Jess is co-founder with mezzo-soprano, Joanna Harries, of the SongPath initiative, founded to promote walking and music-making in the context of mental health, by exploring the routes and roots of the local landscape.

Her concert appearances have included Samson (Micah) with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort at the Händel-Festspiele Halle, Mass in B Minor at Wigmore Hall, Mozart Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Berlioz Roméo et Juliette at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, and Andriessen De Staat at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Recent highlights include Charles Villiers Stanford’s Mass Via Victrix and Handel Messiah with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Mozart Requiem with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, further Messiah performances with the Hallé orchestra and at Hereford Cathedral, Berlioz Les Nuits d’été with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and St John Passion with Les Arts Florissants on tour in Europe.

Recent engagements include St John Passion with the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Mass in B Minor in Leipzig and St Matthew Passion at the Boston Early Music Festival (both with the Dunedin Consort), her role debut as Dido in Dido and Aeneas at the Ryedale Festival, Handel Israel in Egypt at the Three Choirs Festival, and Bach cantatas at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Dunedin Consort.

Upcoming engagements include Messiah with the Dunedin Consort both in South America and in Scotland, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, and Eduige in Handel’s Rodelinda with the Harry Bicket and the English Concert.