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2. Beowulf: Jess Dandy & Dylan Perez

11 October 2019, 15:30 - 16:15


Early Evening

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Holywell Music Room

Holywell St

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Cheryl Frances-Hoad, one of today’s most exciting composers, as our first Associate Composer, generously supported by the Nicholas John Trust. Over a three-year partnership, in addition to several commissions we will programme a number of her existing works, beginning today with her colourful settings of extracts from Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. The concert will be introduced by the composer.

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Jessica Dandy

Jessica Dandy


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) w... Read Full Biography
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Dylan Perez

Dylan Perez


Pianist Dylan Perez is a highly sought after recitalist, chamber musician and coach specialising in vocal repertoire. He graduated in 2018 with Distinction with an Artist Diploma and in 2016 with Distinction with an Artist Masters from the Guildhall School where he studied with Eugene Asti, Andrew West, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, and Pamela Lidiard. Prior to relocating to London, he studied at the University of Michigan with Louis Nagel and Martin Katz. Recently, he was awarded the Gerald Moore Prize for accompanists. He was also awarde... Read Full Biography
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Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Cheryl Frances-Hoad


Cheryl Frances-Hoad was born in Essex in 1980 and received her musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the University of Cambridge (where she was awarded a double 1st for her BA in Music and a distinction for her MPhil in Composition) and Kings College London (PhD, Composition). Her music has been described as “like a declaration of faith in the eternal verities of composition” (The Times), with “a voice overflowing not only with ideas, but also with the discipline and artistry necessary to harness them” (The ... Read Full Biography

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