Jerwood Young Artists

Since 2005 Glyndebourne has been able to increase its investment in developing young talent with the inauguration of the Jerwood Chorus Development Scheme. This programme has two aims: to provide training opportunities for members of the Glyndebourne Chorus, both as soloists and as members of an ensemble, and to increase performing opportunities for the many aspiring soloists that the Chorus nurtures. The singers work with leading conductors, directors, choreographers, theatre specialists and vocal coaches to enhance their skills and experience. The Scheme has been made possible through the generosity of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

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The 2014 Jerwood Young Artists are:

Anna Rajah soprano
Joshua Owen Mills tenor
Daniel Shelvey baritone
Padraic Rowan bass baritone

The 2013 Jerwood Young Artists were:

Stuart Jackson

Jerwood Youn Artist Stuart JacksonStuart was a choral scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, studying Biological Sciences, before beginning his training at the Royal Academy of Music. He has just finished his studies at the Royal Academy, as a member of the Opera School, studying with Ryland Davies and Jonathan Papp.

At the age of 25, and the youngest finalist, Stuart won second prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He is also the winner of the Royal Academy's Pavarotti Prize, the Oxford Lieder Scholarship, the Flora Nielsen Song Prize, the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize and the Chelsea Schubert Song Prize.

In 2012, he made his debut with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Stephen Layton singing the tenor arias in Bach's St John Passion in Vienna and has recently sung the tenor solo in Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr on tour to Edinburgh, Paris and Amsterdam.

Whilst at the Royal Academy of Music, Stuart was involved in several Bach Cantata projects under conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Peter Schreier. He has also sung in Handel's MessiahSaul and Israel in Egypt under Laurence Cummings and as a keen recitalist, has appeared at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and St John’s Smith Square and at Oxford's Holywell Room.

For Royal Academy Opera he has sung Bénédict/Béatrice et Bénédict, Il Conte/La Vera Costanza, Triquet/Eugene Onegin and First Armed Man/Die Zauberflöte, as well as appearing in opera scenes in many Mozart roles including Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni, Tito/La clemenza di Tito, title role/Idomeneo as well as Fritz/L'amico Fritz, Araquil/La Navarraise and title role/Le comte Ory

Stuart is a Samling scholar, and a current recipient of the Sybil Tutton Award administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Angharad Lyddon

Portrait of Angharad LyddonAngharad has a First Class Honours Degree from the Royal Academy of Music and is still a student there on the Preparatory Opera course.

Angharad is a member of the Academy’s Song Circle and is an Academy/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata scholar and soloist. Performance highlights include soloist in a concert of Bach Cantatas with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Kristiansand, Norway), Mendelssohn's Elijah (St Albans Cathedral), Handel's Messiah (Wakefield Cathedral), Rossini 's Petite messe solennelle (Chichester Cathedral), Mozart's Requiem (St Martin-in-the-Fields); and concerts at Wigmore Hall, The Austrian Cultural Forum, Charlton House, Paul Hamlyn Hall (Royal Opera House) and Westminster Abbey.

Angharad was a member of the Glyndebourne chorus in 2012 and has sung Filipievna/Eugene Onegin (Royal Academy Opera), Third Lady/The Magic Flute (Jackdaws) and Lady Mary/Nigel of Tilford for Laurence Cummings and the Tilford Bach Society. Roles for the Royal Academy Vocal Faculty Scenes include: Title role/Carmen, Orfeo/Orfeo ed Euridice, Lucretia/The Rape of Lucretia and Older Woman/Flight.  She will be starting the Royal Academy of Music Opera course in September 2013.

Angharad studies with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland and is generously supported by Howard de Walden Estates and the Tillett and Josephine Baker trusts.

Angharad MorganAngharad Morgan

Angharad Morgan was born in South Wales and is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was awarded a full scholarship in 2000. She recently completed her studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice with international tenor Dennis O’Neill and soprano Nuccia Focile. Angharad
is currently mentored by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

In 2012, Angharad was one of the first recipients of a Career Development Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. She is also supported by the Dennis O’Neill Foundation. Other awards, whilst a student, include the Valetta Jacobi Award, the Lee Freeman Memorial Scholarship and the Russell Sheppard Memorial Scholarship. In 2003 she won the title of Vale Singer of the Year and in 2011 was second prize winner in The London Welsh Singer of the Year Competition.

Angharad has a versatile and wide ranging concert repertoire. She frequently performs the standard sacred works by Handel, Mozart, Brahms, Haydn, Fauré, Vivaldi, Brahms and Rutter and is a popular soloist in concert with choirs throughout Wales.

Operatic roles performed at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama include Lucia/The Rape of Lucretia, Miss Wordsworth/Albert Herring, Sister Blanche/Dialogues des Carmélites, First Lady/Die Zauberflöte, Sandman/Hansel and Gretel and The Innkeeper's Wife/The Cunning Little Vixen. Angharad has also sung the role of Belinda/Dido and Aeneas for the Gower Chorale, and Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni for the Opera School of Wales.  

This season Angharad made her professional solo operatic debut at the Wexford Festival in Ireland singing Second Woman/A Village Romeo and Juliet and Peasant Farmer/Le Roi malgré lui for Wexford Festival Opera. She also gave a song recital at the Festival. Future plans include cover Alice Ford/Falstaff for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

James Platt

Jerwood Young Artist James PlattJames is on on the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course and studies vocal technique with Janice Chapman. He has performed as a soloist at the Bridgewater Hall, Barbican Concert Hall and Theatre, Christ Church Spitalfields, The London Handel Festival, and cathedrals and concert venues across Europe. He was previously a student of voice, piano, organ, composition, and conducting, at Chetham’s School of Music and obtained a scholarship to read his undergraduate degree in voice at the Royal Academy of Music.

James has also sung with many of London’s major professional choral groups including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Oxford Camerata, and the Philharmonia Voices and is currently the music director of Chelmsford City Opera and St Martin of Tours, Ruislip.

As well as taking part in the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival, James will be a scholar on the 2013 Samling Masterclasses and will also compete in the final of the 2013 Gold Medal competition at the Guildhall School.

James is generously supported by The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Musicians Benevolent Foundations Sybil Tutton Opera Award Scheme, the Countess of Munster Trust and The Bulldog Trust.  James is also a Richard Van Allan Scholar and currently holds the Independent Opera Scholarship

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