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Jess Dandy


Shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the category of Young Artist, Cumbrian contralto Jess Dandy has been praised for her instrument of velvety plangent timbre, and her artistic maturity of remarkable immediacy.

This Summer, Jess was the contralto soloist at the First Night of the Proms 2021, singing Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and a new commission by Sir James MacMillan. Other recent highlights include a series of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts which included Jess’s Wigmore Hall debut, and a solo recital with Malcolm Martineau at Perth Concert Hall. Jess also appeared at Wigmore Hall in a Vivaldi and Ariosti programme with La Serenissima.

Jess has appeared on the concert platform with the Orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique, The English Concert, Florilegium, BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Dunedin Consort, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Les Arts florissants; collaborating with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Harry Bicket, Trevor Pinnock, John Butt William Christie, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Stephen Layton.

Highlights of the 21/22 season include Bradamante in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso at the Teatro Real Madrid and the Seine Musicale Paris; Messiah with the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; and appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Academy of Ancient Music. Jess will make her debut with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, which will be recorded for commercial release, and with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for Mahler Symphony No. 2. She will return to Wigmore Hall for both a new commission by Huw Watkins, and also a solo evening recital.