Voice


Isobel Buchanan: 
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Judy Davis: 

Judy Davis studied at Trinity College of Music with the late Erich Vietheer and Elizabeth Hawes. Under the guidance of John Wakefield, she sang many operatic roles and was an oratorio soloist at all the major concert venues in London. Judy won the 1984 Speakers and Singers Competition in London and has given many recitals in 20th Century English Song. She spent several years in Germany pursuing a career on the concert and oratorio platform and has a particular passion for German Lied.

She has an extensive repertoire and has performed throughout the UK and Europe. Operatic roles include Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Abigail (Nabucco), Elizabeth (Don Carlos), Senta (The Flying Dutchman), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Second Lady (Magic Flute), Micaela (Carmen), Carmella (Jewels of the Madonna), The Old Lady (Candide), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Amelia (Masked Ball), Musetta (La Boheme), Federica (Louisa Miller), Marcellina  (Marriage of Figaro), Bess (Porgy and Bess), Dalila (Samson et Dalila), and the title roles in Tosca, La Gioconda, Carmen and Aida. Other recent roles include Mrs Maurrant (Street Scence), Felicia Gabriel (Witches of Eastwick), The Duchess of Plaza-Toro (The Gondoliers), Katisha (The Mikado), Queenie(Honk), Widow Corney (Oliver) and Vicki (The Full Monty).

Judy is a versatile performer and is very experienced in all aspects of the theatre as a singer, actress and director. She combines a busy singing schedule with bringing up her two boys, teaching Voice at Bath Spa University and maintaining a small private practice. She is very active in and around Bath, encouraging her students to take part in Bath Opera and various Musical Theatre companies, enabling them to gain valuable experience working alongside professional musicians in some of the best theatres. It gives her great pleasure to see some of her students now working as successful singers and actors themselves.


Leah-Marian Jones:
Leah-Marian was born in Wales and is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio, London. She was a Company Principal at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for eight years where  she sang over thirty roles including Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte,Maddalena in Rigoletto, Mercedes in Carmen, Annina in Der Rosenkavalier , Flosshilde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, As a freelance singer Leah-Marian has, for English National Opera, sung the title role in Carmen, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Orestes in La Belle Helene, Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk, Rossweisse in Valkyrie and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her roles for Scottish Opera include Meg Page in Falstaff, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, Page in Salome, Bersi in Andrea Chenier  and Rossweisse, Flosshilde and Norn in Wagner’s Ring. She has sung Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and Maddalena in Rigoletto for Welsh National Opera, Frederica in Luisa Miller for Chelsea Opera and Carmen in Brook/Bizet’s La Tragedie de Carmen for English Touring Opera. 

Leah-Marian made her debut at Opera North as Maddalena and Giovanna in Rigoletto. She returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to sing Zaida in Il Turco in Italia and Polly Peachum in The Beggars Opera. Leah-Marian made her American debut as Junon in Platée in Berkeley, San Francisco, and has sung The young doctor in Palestrina at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. In Europe she has sung Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung at the Chatelet, Paris conducted by Jeffrey Tate and Meg Page in Falstaff for Angers Nantes Opéra and Opéra de Rennes. Her television appearances and recordings have included hosting two television series for Channel 4 Wales, appearing as a soloist in the Bryn Terfel series for Channel 4 Wales, Diva, Diva, Diva with Lesley Garrett for BBC2, and a recording of Britten’s Paul Bunyan for Chandos. Concert engagements at the Royal Albert Hall, London include a Gala Concert with Luciano Pavarotti, soloist in a Verdi Programme at the BBC Proms and soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Leah was soloist in a televised performance of Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace - The Armed Man, conducted by the composer in celebration of his 60th birthday. She has performed Rossweisse in a concert performance of Die Walküre and Flosshilde in a concert performance of Götterdämmerung with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder at the Manchester International Festival and also sung Rossweisse in a concert performance of Act 3 of Die Walküre at the Glastonbury Festival. In the 2011/12 season Leah-Marian added three roles to her operatic repertoire, Kabanicha in Katya Kabanova for Welsh National Opera, Witch in Hansel & Gretel and Baba the Turk inThe Rake's Progress for Scottish Opera. Future plans include her return to Angers Nantes Opera to sing Flora in La Traviata and Sara in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux for Welsh National Opera.


Henry Moss: 
Henry studied at the Royal Academy of Music from 1993 to 1997 with teachers Kenneth Bowen and Antony Saunders. On leaving he was awarded HRH Princess Alice's Prize and the Tom Hammond Opera Prize. He also took part in the London Royal School's Vocal Faculty Opera Course and made his first appearance with them in The Fair at Sorochintsi singing the role of Afanasy Ivanovich the priest's son, (in Russian) for which he was highly thought of by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky who conducted these performances at the Britten Theatre of the Royal College of Music in London. Other roles for the London Royal Schools' Opera Course included Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gonzalve in L'Heure Espagnole, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte conducted by Sir Colin Davis, produced by John Copley and Varo in Arminio for the London Handel Society in co-operation with the London Royal Schools Vocal Faculty. Other work has included the title role in Albert Herring, Marco in The Gondoliers and Slender in Sir John in Love for British Youth Opera. His non-operatic repertoire includes Bach's Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio and St. John Passion, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Haydn's Creation, Handel's Messiah and Samson, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and Denis Apivor's Landscapes. 

While developing his repertoire as a Lieder singer he sang Die schöne Müllerin for the first time for the Redcliffe Concerts of 20th Century English Music. In 1997, he made his Royal Opera debut as The Western Union Boy and Hot Biscuit Slim in Britten's Paul Bunyan at the Snape Maltings, the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, and the Corn Exchange, King's Lynn. Other roles have included Goro in Madama Butterfly and Cecco in Il Mondo della Luna with Opera Zuid in the Netherlands, Fracasso in Mozart's La Finta Semplice at the Buxton Festival and Pong in Turandot for Mid Wales Opera. In September 1999 he made his debut at English National Opera in Monteverdi's Orfeo, and went on to sing the role of Flamand in Capriccio at the Opera de Nantes. He later sang Tchaplitzky in Pique Dame at the Royal Opera House and the world premiere of Casken’s God’s Liar for the Almeida Theatre in London and the Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels. More recently he has sung Second Jew in Salome under Zubin Mehta with the Israel Philharmonic, L’Heure Espagnole with Opera Zuid, and Flute/Thisbe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Copenhagen.


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Jo Sercombe: 
Jo is a music graduate of Southampton University and Goldsmith’s University, London. She works in Bath and nationally as a freelance vocalist, Musical Director and workshop leader; encouraging schools, colleges, businesses and choirs to have fun with their voices. She founded and directs the Bath Community Gospel Choir, works with the ‘Golden Oldies’ singing charity and delivers ‘Singing for the Brain’ sessions with dementia sufferers for the Alzheimers’ Society. At Bath Spa University, she teaches Ensemble Singing for the BA Acting course, lectures for the Music Department’s ‘Music in Action’ and ‘Professional Musicianship’ modules, and coaches 2nd and 3rd year Musical Theatre students for the Drama Department. Jo also enjoys her role as President of the Priston Music Festival and has recently become the Gospel Workshop specialist for The Ambassador Theatre Group in London’s West End.








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