An evening of music by two of Britain’s most evocative composers, including folk songs arranged by and Purcell songs realised by Benjamin Britten, performed by two outstanding young opera singers.
Frances Gregory, mezzo-soprano
Paul Grant, baritone
Andrew Hayman, piano
Frances Gregory was born in Sheffield and is a mezzo-soprano currently studying with Royal Academy Opera, where she is taught by Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham. Winner of the 2018 RAM Club Prize, she is also a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach cantata soloist, and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle.
Last summer she debuted with British Youth Opera as Sycorax, in Jeremy Sams’ pastiche The Enchanted Island, to critical acclaim. She was also recipient of the Dame Hilda Brackett award from Sadler’s Wells for her performance in the role.
Further operatic performances comprise Laura Iolanta, Juno Semele, Véronique Docteur Miracle, Minskwoman Flight (Royal Academy Opera), Egeo Teseo (London Handel Festival), Idamante Idomeneo (2018 Amersham Festival of Music), and Hansel Hansel and Gretel, directed by Sarah Walker CBE. Chorus work includes the 2017 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival.
Recent and future engagements include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Trevor Pinnock as part of the Bach the European series at RAM, her Wigmore Hall recital debut, promoting the Balladen of Carl Loewe for Song Circle, and covering Flamel in Offenbach’s Fantasio at Garsington, where she will be a 2019 Alvarez Young Artist. Frances is generously supported by Joseph Karaviotis, Howard de Walden Estates, and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Paul Grant was born in Edinburgh and is studying with Glenville Hargreaves and Jonathan Papp at the Royal Academy of Music where he is a member of the Academy Song Circle as well as a soloist for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. He is a Britten Pears Young Artist and won the 2018 Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award, was a finalist in the 2018 RAM Club Prize and 2017 Joan Chissell/Rex Stephens Schumann Lieder Prize.
Performance highlights include a gala concert at Victoria Hall, Geneva, recitals at The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder Festivals, masterclasses with Thomas Quasthoff and Simon Keenlyside and attending the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto.
Recent operatic performances include Robert in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Minsk Man in Jonathan Dove’s Flight and Le Podestat in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle with Royal Academy Opera as well as covering the title role in Don Giovanni with British Youth Opera.
Upcoming engagements include Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist and a recital in Japan before joining the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Paul is very grateful to the generous support from The Carr-Gregory Scholarship, The Robertson Scholarship Trust, The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust.
Andrew Hayman is a versatile musician, balancing his time as a singer, accompanist, teacher, and director. He received his musical education as a chorister, and later Choral and Organ Scholar, at Newport Cathedral, and on a Music Scholarship at Monmouth School. After a gap year spent singing with Wells Cathedral Choir, he read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, in which he achieved First Class Honours, while also singing in the college choir, under the curious title of Academical Clerk. He also gained his ARCO in the summer of 2010. Since completing his degree, Andrew has continued to be associated closely with cathedral music, firstly moving just down the High Street to take up a Lay Clerkship at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, before assuming the same position at Winchester Cathedral in the summer of 2014. His time at these various institutions has provided the opportunity to tour many parts of Europe and taken him as far as the USA, Australia and New Zealand, as well some of Britain’s most prestigious venues. Recording and live broadcasting have been frequent occurrences too, with music spanning the Eton Choirbook to the present day. His accompanying work displays an eclectic mix; from baroque continuo playing, through some of the great German and English song cycles, cathedral service accompaniment, to playing in the pit band for musicals such as Footloose and Bugsy Malone. He has played in song masterclasses for John Mark Ainsley, Iain Burnside, and Michael Chance.
Andrew is the co-founder and Musical Director of NMH, a one-to-a-part consort of young professionals, specialising in unaccompanied choral music from the past 500 years and more. He is Director of the Hampshire County Youth and Chamber Choirs, comprising of children between 14 to 18 from all over the county, recently venturing up to the Royal Albert Hall to perform. He is the accompanist for Southampton Choral Society and works regularly with the Waynflete Singers as a Vocal Coach.
When not busying himself with musical endeavours, Andrew is an avid sports fan, particularly following the fortunes of Chelsea FC, Welsh Rugby, and any sort of cricket.