Isabelle , soprano, started singing at an early age and she also expanded her musicianship by learning to play the piano, oboe and cello. She is in her third year at the Royal College of Music as a scholar supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award, studying for a Bmus degree. She is training with Alison Wells and Caroline Dowdle. Isabelle’s recent accomplishments include winning the title of ‘Best Singer’ in the Rotary Young Musician competition, and being awarded the McGowran Award for most promising musician and the ‘Young Singer of the Year’ award, both in the Bournemouth Music Festival.
Isabelle has been asked to sing twice with the multi-award winning Wessex Youth Orchestra and her recent engagements include Pamina with Broadstone Opera, Miles with Euphonia Opera, Belinda with Talbot Heath, and chorus work with Grange Park Opera and Winterbourne Opera. She has just returned from singing with the Orchestre Symphonique de Canet en Roussillon for the second time, under the direction of acclaimed cellist Francois Ragot, and continues to work in opera, oratorio, and recital internationally.
James is a baritone in his fourth year at the Royal College of Music, where he is an RCM Scholar. James studies with Peter Savidge and Gary Matthewman. James’ recent solo work has included the role of ‘Papageno’ (Die Zauberflöte) with Broadstone Music Series, ‘Betto’ (Gianni Schicchi) with Westminster Opera Company, ‘Elviro’ (Serse) in RCM Opera Scenes, Bach’s Cantatas BWV 78, 106 and 211, Mass in A, and the Christmas Oratorio, the Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, the Duruflé Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Walton’s Façade, Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art, and ‘Pilatus’ and ‘Petrus’ in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the London Handel Orchestra. In Spring 2017 he will be singing ‘Le Fleuve’ (Les fêtes d’Hébé) with l’Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris and the RCM International Opera School.