Adam Gilbert (baritone) & Jess Robinson (soprano)
Sunday, April 1
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Baritone Adam Gilbert and soprano Jess Robinson, sing a selection of songs accompanied by Henry Ward.:
MAHLER- lieder eines fahrenden gesellen
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:- Songs of travel
BUTTERWORTH Shropshire lad, / Breedon hill.
Adam Gilbert graduated with a B.Mus degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied Classical Singing under the vocal tuition of Adrian Thompson and guidance of Kathryn Harries. He is one of the first recipients of a Career Development Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation and is also kindly supported by the Elizabeth Evans Trust. In 2015, Adam completed his training at the National Opera Studio in London, where his studies were generously supported by The Derek Butler Trust, The Winship Foundation, Help Musicians UK and a Chris Ball Bursary.
Adam is a very dynamic and versatile young artist, and in 2013, he created the role of Gulliver in the World Premiere of Orlando Gough’s community opera, Imago for Glyndebourne Opera. Other engagements include The Earl of Dunmow in Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement and 2nd Bargee in A Village Romeo and Juliet for Wexford Festival Opera, Frédéric in Lakmé as part of the Christine Collins Young Artists performance for Opera Holland Park, Dancaïre in Carmen for Mid Wales Opera, Perichaud, Crebillon and Maggiordomo in La Rondine for Iford Arts Festival, Marcello in La Bohème for the London Opera Players. He performed the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Count in Le nozze di Figaro whilst at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and also performed the role of Filch in Surrey Opera’s production of The Beggars Opera which toured the UK.
His concert repertoire includes Stainer’s Crucifixion, Handel’s Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
In 2015, Adam performed the role of Escamillo in an abbreviated Welsh language production of Carmen for Opra Cymru at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Other recent roles include Major in a new production for Children, KidO, cover Pish-Tush in The Mikado, cover Belcore in The Elixir of Love, all for Scottish Opera and cover James in the World Premiere of Stuart MacRae’s The Devil Inside, a co-production by Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales. Recent concert performances include the roles of Dancaïre, Morales and Zuniga in a concert performance of Carmen at the 2016 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Engagements last season include Marcello in La Bohème for Diva Opera, cover Marcello for Scottish Opera and also baritone soloist in their “Opera Highlights Tour”. This season, Adam joins Welsh National Opera to cover the roles of Goryanchikov in From the House of the Dead and Shaklovity in Khovanshchina.
Jess Robinson will sing a selection from Handel, Rossini, Novello, Lehar, Tesori, and Welsh traditional songs such as Cymru Fach.
Soprano Jessica Robinson recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a first class Honours Degree.
As a student at the RWCMD, Jessica studied with Beatrice Unsworth and Jeffrey Howard, winning the Aneurin Davies memorial award, The Mansel Thomas prize, The Margaret Tann Award and the Elias Soprano award. Throughout her studies, Jessica has been fortunate to participate in master classes with artists such as Michael Pollock, Simon Lepper, Adrian Thompson, Simon Keenleyside, Donald Maxwell and John Fisher. Jessica was also chosen to sing as part of an octet for HRH the Prince of Wales.
Her singing life started at a young age as a competitor in local eisteddfodau in her home county of Pembrokeshire. She went on to gain success nationally in the Urdd and the National Eisteddfodau. Jessica has represented Pembrokeshire in the Young Farmers Eisteddfod winning the under 26 solo in 2008 and again in 2012. She was awarded Vocalist of the Year in the Pembrokeshire Chevron Music Awards and Musical Student of the Year in her secondary school, Ysgol y Preseli, Crymych.
As an oratorio and concert soloist, Jessica has performed in venues such as the Wales Millennium Stadium, The National Museum of Wales, Dorking Halls and The Dora Stoutzker Hall. She regularly appears in concerts all over the UK as guest artist with many of Wales’ most renowned Male Voice Choirs such as Blaenavon, Bridgend, South Wales and the London Welsh Male Voice choir. A personal highlight for Jessica was being asked to perform to the Welsh rugby team at the Welsh Assembly during the champagne reception celebrating their success in the Six Nations Championship and also alongside Paul Potts in a Charity concert for the Philippines disaster.
Recent oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah ( Symffonia Tywi & The Mega Messiah), Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Karl Jenkins’ Peace Makers and Joseph Parry’s Emmanuel (Cor Bro Ogwr). Jessica performed her first operatic role as the Spirit in ‘Dido and Aeneas’ by Purcell with ‘Opera’r Ddraig’, scene credits include Despina (Cosi fan Tutti), Violetta (La Traviata) and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro). In May 2014 she performed the role of Nora in Williams’ Riders to the sea.
Jessica is an artist on the prestigious Live Music Now scheme and also performs regularly as an artist with Music in Hospitals.
Jessica performed in China in March as part of a Welsh Government Scheme; she toured around the country introducing Welsh music. Then toured with the Harry Ensemble as their soprano soloist around New York in May. In September 2014, Jessica will continue her studies at the RWCMD on the Opera Course and is generously supported by a Musicians’ Company Award, The Tillet Trust, The Colin Keer Trust, The Elizabeth Evans trust and The Ryan Davies Memorial Fund and The Arts Council of Wales.