Bury Concert Series: Jessica Cale (Soprano) and George Ireland (Piano)

Part of the Bury Concert Series

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19th September 7:30pm
Event Finishes
19th September 9:30pm

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Part of the Bury Concert Series. All concerts are held at the Unitarian Meeting House.

Welsh Soprano, Jessica Cale, is the 2020 First Prize winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and Joint Audience prize winner at the London Handel Festival International Singing Competition. Jessica made her international operatic debut in 2022 at Teatro La Fenice playing 2nd Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes. Jessica is currently in rehearsals for her role debut as Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for Waterperry Opera Festival. Later this year, Jessica will give recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival and at St Martin in the Fields.

Jessica is a graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio with an Artist Diploma in Opera and a Master of Performance with distinction. Whilst at the RCM, Jessica was the Robert Lancaster Scholar and is hugely grateful for the additional support of an Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award, the Josephine Baker Trust and the Countess of Munster Trust. Jessica’s operatic roles whilst at the RCM include Rodelinda (Handel); Flaminia (Haydn’s Il mondo della luna), Susan (Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement) and Second Bridesmaid (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro). Jessica has also performed Despina (Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte) and Serpetta (Mozart’s The Garden of Disguises) for Ryedale Festival Opera. Royal College of Music Opera Scenes include Blanche (Dialogues des Carmelites, Poulenc); Juliette (Romeo et Juliette, Gounod); Poppea (L’incoronazione de Poppea, Monteverdi); Tina (Flight, Dove); Musetta (La Boheme, Puccini); and Melisande (Pelleas et Melisande, Debussy). Jessica has participated in Masterclasses at the RCM with Dame Ann Murray, Gerald Finley, Edith Wiens and Roger Vignoles.

On the concert platform, Jessica has performed under the batons of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Harry Christophers, Jonathan Cohen, Christian Curnyn, Ian Page and Brian Kay. Recent notable concert highlights have included Jessica’s debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall with The Mozartists, Porpora and Handel at Bilbao’s Musika Música Festival with Arcangelo, Handel’s Apollo e Dafne at the London Handel Festival alongside baritone Morgan Pearse, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Schumann’s Manfred for Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Salzburg Festival, Purcell’s King Arthur and Fairy Queen for Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Berlin Philharmoniker. Jessica has performed as soprano soloist for recordings with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment of Bach’s St John Passion alongside Gerald Finley and Mark Padmore, and ‘Telling Tales with Telemann’ alongside Tabea Debus. Jessica is proud to be an Associate Artist with The Mozartists, performing regularly with the group under the direction of Ian Page and participating in their educational outreach projects.

Jessica is a keen recitalist collaborating regularly with pianists George Ireland and Ella O’Neill. Recent highlights include Jessica’s debut performance at the Oxford Lieder Festival alongside George and gaining 2nd prize in the Bampton Classical Opera Singing Competition with Ella.

Noted for his “superbly voiced instrumental partnership of his singer” (Sussex Express), George Ireland enjoys a thriving career, in demand both as a recital partner with some of the finest singers of his generation, and as a repetiteur in Opera and Choral music. From a non-musical background, he began to play the piano from scratch, self-taught at the age of 14. He is now 27 and recently graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music where he studied collaborative piano under Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles. He also studied conducting, vocal coaching and continuo.

In both 2020 and 2021 he accompanied the winning recitals at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, with Jessica Cale and Hugh Cutting respectively. With Jessica Cale he was an Emerging Artist in the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival, performing Strauss alongside Gwenneth Ann Rand and Simon Lepper, and with Hugh Cutting he has subsequently enjoyed an appearance on Radio 3’s In Tune and a recital at the Brighton Festival, which was received with great acclaim. Earlier in 2022 he also accompanied Oksana Lepska’s winning recitals at the National Mozart Competition in London, and they have enjoyed further performances together in London since.

He is a 2022-23 Oxford Lieder Young Artist, having given two successful audition-recitals with Emily Christina Loftus and Caroline Taylor at the 2022 Spring Song festival. In this capacity he looks forward to a weeks’ residency with Mark Padmore later this year, and further performances at the festival as an Emerging Artist.

As a 2019 Leeds Lieder Young Artist and elsewhere, George has participated in masterclasses with Roderick Williams, Sarah Connolly, Felicity Palmer, Ann Murray, Helmut Deutsch and Amanda Roocroft.

Tickets £15 (£5 students) available by clicking the Book Tickets button above!

Season tickets £55 (£15 students) for all five concerts are available from: Sue Tanner 01359 230457 sue@tanner69.plus.com

For more information on the Bury Concert Series visit https://buryconcertclub.co.uk/

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