Contralto & Mezzo-Soprano
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Rowan Bidmead

Rowan Bidmead

Associate Artist Manager

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Grace Hewett

Grace Hewett

Artist Administrator


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About Jess

Cumbrian born Jess Dandy is the foremost British contralto of her generation and has been praised for her instrument of velvety plangent timbre, and her remarkable artistic immediacy.

This 2023/24 season, concert highlights include Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with Bergen Philharmonic conducted by Edward Gardner, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu at Tanglewood, a studio performance of Mahler's Rückert-Lieder with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Kristian Sallinen, Elgar's Sea Pictures with Tokyo Symphony, Mozart's Requiem with Tampere Philharmonic conducted by Matthew Halls and Holst's The Cloud Messenger with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sakari Oramo at the BBC Proms.

Recent highlights have included Micah in Handel’s Samson at the BBC Proms with the Academy of Ancient Music, Bach’s Heilig ist Gott with the Dunedin Consort at the BBC Proms, the world premiere of a new opera, All Seas, by Josephine Stephenson at Opéra Grand Avignon, a new commission, Spell of Creation, by Alissa Firsova with the BBC Philharmonic, Bach’s Weinachtsoratorium with Salzburg Kulturvereinigung and Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Dunedin Consort.

Jess finds a natural habitat on the recital platform and enjoys working with a range of pianists, including Martin Roscoe, Dylan Perez, Malcolm Martineau, Chris Glynn, James Baillieu, Julius Drake, Gary Matthewman, Keval Shah, Ian Tindale, Sholto Kynoch, Anthony Hewitt, Gavin Roberts, Iain Burnside, Simon Lepper, Huw Watkins and Wolfram Rieger.

In 2021, Jess was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the category of Young Artist. She is a multi-faceted artist with a keen interest in ecology, body psychology and spirituality. She is the co-founder of SongPath, a mental health initiative creating musical walking trails in nature for better mental health. With composer Alex Mills, she developed the Music & Being Collective, an open laboratory space exploring music and our sense of self through interdisciplinary dialogue.

Jess is based in Cumbria, United Kingdom
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Season Highlights

Aug 2024
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall
Holst The Cloud Messenger BBC Symphony Orchestra Sakari Oramo (conductor)
Aug 2024
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 Boston Symphony Orchestra Hannu Lintu (conductor)
Oct 2024
Musikkens Hus i Aalborg
Mozart Requiem Aalborg Symphony Orchestra Sofi Jeannin (conductor)