Artist Spotlight – Jess Dandy

We are thrilled that Jess Dandy is singing with us for our performance of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil at the Boxgrove Choral Festival.

Jess will be singing the beautiful solo in the second movement of Rachmaninov’s masterpiece. Come along on Saturday 2 September at 7.30pm in Boxgrove Priory!

Grab your tickets for the concert here.

Cumbrian born Jess Dandy is the foremost British contralto of her generation and has been praised for her instrument of velvety plangent timbre, and her artistic remarkable immediacy.

This 2022/23 season highlights have included performances of the Messiah with the Welsh National Opera and Academy of Ancient Music, Bach’s Weinachtsoratorium with Salzburg Kulturvereinigung, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Dunedin Consort and premiered a new opera All Seas by Josephine Stephenson at Opéra Grand Avignon. Other performance highlights yet to come this season will include Handel’s Samson at the BBC Proms with The Academy of Ancient Music, C.P.E Bach’s Heilig with the Dunedin Consort at the BBC Proms, Elgar’s Music Makers with the English Symphony Orchestra and a new commission with the BBC Philharmonic.

Jess has appeared on the concert platform with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The English Concert, The Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, BBC Welsh National Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Dunedin Consort, Les Arts Florissant, Opera Settecento, Hallé Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; collaborating with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Harry Bicket, Laurence Cummings, Osmo Vänskä, Trevor Pinnock, Gemma New, John Butt William Christie, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Stephen Layton.

In 2021, Jess was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the category of Young Artist. She is a multi-faceted artist with a keen interest in ecology, body psychology and spirituality. She is the co-founder of SongPath, a mental health initiative creating musical walking trails in nature for better mental health. With composer Alex Mills, she developed the Music & Being Collective, an open laboratory space exploring music and our sense of self through interdisciplinary dialogue.