Jack is a 25-year-old baritone from Clitheroe, Lancashire. Last summer Jack graduated from the BMus Vocal Performance course at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and in September he began his Masters in Operatic Performance, studying under renowned baritone, Donald Maxwell and tenor, Adrian Thompson.
Jack began his vocal studies in September 2012, under the tuition of David Wilkinson. During this time, he had the opportunity to sing in many prestigious venues across Europe including Basilica di San Marco (Venice), The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Barcelona), Santa Maria de Montserrat (Barcelona), Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres (Chartres) and Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
Although he mainly studies with Donald, Jack has had the pleasure of performing for a number of notable singing teachers and tutors including: Kathryn Harries, Ingrid Surgenor, Robin Bowman, Ryland Davies, Susan McCulloch, Christine Cairns, Margaret Humphrey Clark, Elaine Kidd, Joseph Middleton and Simon Lepper.
Performance highlights have included, performing Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and performed by the CBSO Youth Chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the 2015 BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall. Also, being a chorus member in Verdi’s Falstaff directed by Martin Constantine and conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Additional highlights have included, singing in the chorus for Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 as well as Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, both conducted by Carlo Rizzi and performed at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
Jack recently sang his first major operatic role as Willi in Welsh National Youth Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Kommilitonen! by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, directed by Polly Graham and conducted by Alice Farnham.
Recent operatic highlights have included performing the role of Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, conducted by Carlo Rizzi and Vincent Jones in Street Scene by Kurt Weill, conducted by Wyn Davies in June 2019, Jack will be making his WNO main stage debut as ‘Second Prison Guard’ in Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie, which will feature as part of WNO’s 2019 'Freedom' Season.
In September Jack was made a Student Scholar of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, under artistic director, Adrian Partington. During his time at the BBC Jack has served as a chorus member and as a soloist in recordings and live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Wales. In addition to this Jack has also performed larger choral works under the baton of several internationally renowned conductors such as Richard Balcome, Martyn Brabbins and Tadaaki Otaka. Jack continues to sing with the BBC National Chorus of Wales and looks forward to performing as part of the 2019 BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall.
Upcoming projects include singing role of ‘Mr. Gedge, The Vicar’ in RWCMD Opera’s production of Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, directed by Martin Constantine and conducted by David Jones.
Jack’s studies are kindly supported by the Webber and Leverhulme Trust. Jack is a registered student member of the Musicians Union.