Jess Dandy


“The stunning young contralto Jess Dandy, however, offered sumptuous tone and beautiful legato. She’s a name to watch.” – The Times

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From Cumbria, contralto Jess Dandy has been praised for her instrument of velvety plangent timbre, and her artistic maturity of remarkable immediacy.

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 20/21 season include her international opera debut as Orphée in Orphée et Eurydice with the Opéra Comique and Raphaël Pichon; Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg at the Großes Festspielhaus; and Jess’s Wigmore Hall debut which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.




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    HANDEL: Samson

    Label: Linn Records

    Release Date: 25 Oct 19

    Dunedin Consort’s pioneering recording presents a brand new performing version of one of Handel’s greatest dramatic works, Samson.

    For the first time listeners can enjoy an authentic Handelian chorus, comprising both solo sopranos and boy trebles a sonority largely unheard in the modern age.

    The singers available to Handel for the work’s first set of performances in 1743 varied considerably, leading many researchers to speculate upon the composer’s own preferences.

    But new thinking by director John Butt has led to the evolution of this recording and to what he considers to be the definitive performance in line with Handel’s intentions.

    This powerful oratorio an opera in all but name features Joshua Ellicott in the title role with soloists Sophie Bevan, Matthew Brook, Mary Bevan, Hugo Hymas, Jess Dandy, Vitali Rozynko and Fflur Wyn.

    Matching the revelatory historical practice begun in its award-winning recording of Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742), the soloists lead their sections to unite the solo and choral forces, creating a highly effective and cohesive sound.

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    STANFORD: Mass 'Via Victrix' & At The Abbey Gate Op.177

    Label: Lyrita

    Release Date: 01 Jan 19

    BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales – Adriana Partington