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.

The 2014 Jerwood Young Artists are:

Joshua Owen Mills Tenor

From Neath in South Wales, Joshua is now recognised as one of Wales’ most promising young tenors. He obtained his BMus (1st class Hons) from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. A Samling Scholar, he continues his studies on the Guildhall Opera Course under Adrian Thompson and Yvonne Kenny.

In May 2013 Joshua rehearsed Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra. He understudied Ian Bostridge for three performances at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. He has performed in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Juan Diego Flórez and Gerald Finley.

Joshua has enjoyed success at numerous UK competitions including the Glass Sellers Prize in the prestigious Guildhall Gold Medal Competition at the Barbican Hall in May. He is the only competitor in the National Eisteddfod history to win both the Towyn Roberts Scholarship and the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize in the same year. He attained first prize at the Welsh Association of Male Choirs Competition, Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition and second prize and best sacred aria prize at the National Mozart Singing Competition.

On the opera stage, Joshua performed the role of Tamino Die Zauberflöte at West Green House as part of the Garsington Opera Studio Programme, and was awarded the Simon Sandbach Award (Garsington Opera) for outstanding professionalism and musical talent. He understudied the role of Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Garsington’s 2013 season. Other roles include Joe Crowell Our Town Rorem, Cat/Lampwich Adventures of Pinocchio and Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro at the Guildhall School, and Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He has performed opera excerpts from L’Elisir d’Amore, Falstaff, Carmen, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Jenufa and Manon.

Recent highlights include Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra directed by Candida Thompson, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle conducted by Stephen Cleobury, a recital at the Sage Gateshead for the Samling Foundation, Elijah conducted by Stephen Cleobury at King’s College Chapel, Messiah with Northern Sinfonia and Northern Sinfonia Chorus, and Il Duca Francesca di Foix (Donizetti) at the Guildhall School. Future plans include Cat/Lampwick in Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Guildhall School, chorus and the cover of Belfiore La Finta Giardiniera for Glyndebourne, where he is part of the Jerwood Young Artists Scheme, a recital in the North American Festival of Wales in Minneapolis, Mozart Requiem for Raymond Gubbay, ‘Ten Tenors’ for the Welsh Hearts Foundation and a concert with the Rhos Male Voice Choir.

After being awarded the Wigmore Recital Prize from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Joshua will make his Wigmore Hall Debut next season. Joshua is also holder of the 2013 London Welsh Trust Young Welsh Singer of the Year winner’s trophy donated by the London Welsh Male Voice Choir.

Anna Rajah Soprano

Born in Darlington, Anna Rajah studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) graduating with a 1st class BMus Hons degree. She then joined the RCM in 2010 where she gained a Master’s with Distinction, and is currently in her final year at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She studies with Timothy Evans Jones.

Anna is a Fishmongers Company scholar and Neville Wathen Memorial award holder. She is supported by a Musicians Benevolent Fund Sybil Tutton Award, is a Samling Scholar, is on the Josephine Baker Scheme at the RCM, and a recipient of Independent Opera Vocal Scholarship at the RCM.

Winner of the RCM’s Brooks/Van der Pump English Song and Joan Chissell Schumann Song Competitions, Anna received the audience prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award (2012) and has been awarded a Musicians Benevolent Fund Miriam Licette Scholarship at the Royal Opera House. She was also a semi-finalist in the London Mozart Competition and Hampshire Singer of the Year in 2011.

Operatic roles at the RCM have included Drusilla L’Incoronazione di Poppea in collaboration with English Touring Opera, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro, and Lady Ellington in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne, and scenes as Marie La Fille du Régiment and Tytania Midsummer Night’s Dream. She took the roles of Pepik, Owl and the Frog The Cunning Little Vixen and Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte both for Ryedale Festival Opera.

Anna created the role of Emma Freeman in Chris Roe’s new opera called White Star. She also created the role of Imogen and the vowel ‘O’ in Iain Burnside’s Journeying Boys and sang in the Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri for the Royal College of Music and English Touring Opera.

Also passionate about concerts, Anna performed Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Ryedale Festival Ensemble, Haydn’s Nelson Mass at St. John’s Smith Square, Mozart and Rutter’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Scarlatti’s Laudate Pueri, Bach’s Magnificat, Finzi’s In Terra Pax and Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio. This season Anna sings La Princesse L’enfant et les sortilèges and Alceste Arianna di Creta at the Royal College of Music, she will be a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus, will sing the role of Siren Rinaldo and will cover Sandrina La Finta Giardiniera. Anna will also be a Jerwood Young Artist.

Anna Rajah is a Hazard Chase Young Associate Artist.

Daniel Shelvey baritone

Liverpool born baritone Daniel Shelvey is 23 and has just finished his fifth year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of David Maxwell Anderson. His studies where kindly funded by the RNCM and an Independent Opera scholarship. Daniel will continue his studies this coming September at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Robert Dean.

Roles include Sid/Albert Herring; Ulisse/Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria; Boris/Moscow, Cheryomushki (RNCM) and Aeneas/Dido and Aeneas (Silk Opera). His concert work includes Beehoven’s Symphony No. 9, Dvořák’s Te Deum, Fauré’s Requiem and Bruckner’s Te Deum.

Daniel was a member of the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival chorus and rejoins the chorus this season for La traviata, Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni as well as performing the role of Flora’s Servant/La traviata. Daniel has been awarded the Robin Kay Memorial prize (2013), the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize for Singers 2013 (2nd place), the Frederick Cox Award for Singing (2012) and was highly commended in the Alexander Young Prize (2012).

Daniel is kindly supported by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Padraic Rowan bass baritone

After completing an undergraduate degree in International Relations at Dublin City University, Irish bass-baritone Padraic Rowan graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2013 with a Masters in Music Performance, studying with Mary Brennan.

Recent awards include the Dramatic Cup and Tony Quigley Award, the Gilbert and Sullivan prize, and the German Government Cup at the 2013 Feis Ceoil in Dublin, as well as being awarded the 2013 Irené Sandford Award for Singers at the RIAM. He is a 2012 alumnus of the Opera Theatre Company Young Associate Artists’ Programme.

Operatic engagements include L’Autre Officier/Thérèse and The Regent/The Sleeping Queen (Wexford Festival Opera); Sailor/Billy Budd (Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Brooklyn Academy of Music); Mr. Gedge/Albert Herring, Somnus/Semele (RIAM); and Pastore/Orfeo (Opera Theatre Company). His concert work includes The Creation (Haydn), St. Matthew Passion (Bach) and the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé. He has also participated in a number of Masterclasses, most notably with Sir Thomas Allen. Padraic currently studies with Robert Dean. This September, he will participate in the International Vocal Competition (IVC) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.