Performer Information

Jonathan Ansell, the charismatic young singer with the sensational tenor voice who, shot to fame with pop-opera group G4 on the first series of The X Factor, has now established himself as a bona fide solo star in the classical world as well as in musical theatre.

Jonathan achieved amazing success with the classically-trained group G4. The group split in early

2007 having enjoyed three hit albums, and Jonathan’s debut solo album topped the classical charts and also hit the top ten of the pop charts. He has since produced another solo album (Live Forever) and is working on a third. He has been nominated for a Classical Brit Award, and his debut role as ‘The Man’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ .was a huge critical success. He has also played the role of Charles Darnay in the musical version of A Tale of Two Cities in London. For more information visit www.jonathanansell.com

Somerset born Marta Fontanals-Simmons is one of our leading new mezzo-sopranos. She is currently completing an Advanced Certificate in Opera Studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has already won numerous competitions and sponsorships including (last year) the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award, being runner-up in the Thelma King Award and a finalist in the Hampshire Singing Competition.

Marta  has  performed  as  a  soloist  at  Barbican Hall, St  Martin-in-the-Fields,  St  John’s Smith  Square,  the Courtauld  Gallery and  Sherborne  Abbey  to  name  a few. Marta has had the privilege of singing to Anne Sofie von Otter, Gerald Finley and Emma Kirkby in recent masterclasses.

Recordings include Harvey’s Songs of Li Po for BBC Radio 3, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Holst’s The Coming of Christ with the Holst Orchestra.

Recent opera experience includes Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Grange Park Opera 2012) Eva Comedy on the Bridge (Minotaur Music Theatre 2011) and cover Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia (British Youth Opera 2011) Recently Marta has performed Jenkins’ Stabat Mater at Sherborne Abbey.

Marta is proud to be a Susan Chilcott Scholar and Concordia Foundation Artist. More detail can be viewed via www.martafontanals.com

London-born    Bass-Baritone    Gerard    Delrez    won an  Exhibition to  study  singing  and  composition  at the  Royal College  of  Music  under  Gordon  Clinton and   Herbert   Howells  respectively   before   pursuing further    vocal   training   with   Ellis  Keeler   at   the Guildhall School of Music and  Drama  and, privately, with Norman Bailey and Raimund Herincx. His career   embraces   both   opera   and the   concert platform.  In the  latter  he  has  appeared   at  many  of London’s leading venues, including the South Bank Concert   Halls,  St   John’s,  Smith   Square   and   the Wigmore   Hall,  as  well  as  throughout   Britain  and Europe. Recent concert engagements include Mendelssohn’s     Elijah   and    the    Verdi    Requiem in Winchester and Canterbury Cathedrals and Birmingham Symphony   Hall, Handel’s Messiah   in Rouen and Mozart’s Requiem in Santiago da Compostela.

Gerard’s  repertoire   of  more  than  fifty major  choral works   from   the    Baroque   to   the    Contemporary includes  much  of  the  dramatic   repertoire   such  as Elgar’s Dream  of  Gerontius,  Dvorak’s Stabat  Mater and  Walton’s  Belshazzar’s  Feast.  In 2000 he was invited to be the bass soloist at the Millennium International Festival in the Seychelles.

His operatic   repertoire   includes over 100 roles in operas by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Strauss. In 2000/1 he  sang  Leporello  (Don  Giovanni)  on  a national  tour  with Opera  Box, and  in May 2002  he sang  Wotan  (Die  Walküre)  in a  critically acclaimed production  by  The  Ring Project  in Tunbridge  Wells. In September 2006, he again sang this role with The Northern Wagner   Orchestra,   in Leeds.  In February 2005   he sang   Commendatore (Don  Giovanni)  at the   Bermuda   Festival   and   returned    in   2007    in Puccini’s La Boheme.

He   has   broadcast for   both   the   BBC and   the EBU.  He appears on ENO’s video of Billy Budd, and has   recorded   four   CDs   of   early   music   for   the Herald label.

Jonathan Ansell, the charismatic young singer with the sensational tenor voice who, shot to fame with pop-opera group G4 on the first series of The X Factor, has now established himself as a bona fide solo star in the classical world as well as in musical theatre.

 

Jonathan achieved amazing success with the classically-trained group G4. The group split in early

2007 having enjoyed three hit albums, and Jonathan’s debut solo album topped the classical charts and also hit the top ten of the pop charts. He has since produced another solo album (Live Forever) and is working on a third. He has been nominated for a Classical Brit Award, and his debut role as ‘The Man’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ .was a huge critical success. He has also played the role of Charles Darnay in the musical version of A Tale of Two Cities in London. For more information visit www.jonathanansell.com

 

Somerset born Marta Fontanals-Simmons is one of our leading new mezzo-sopranos. She is currently completing an Advanced Certificate in Opera Studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has already won numerous competitions and sponsorships including (last year) the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award, beingrunner-upintheThelmaKingAwardandafinalist intheHampshireSinging Competition.

Marta  has  performed  as  a  soloist  at  BarbicanHall, St  Martin-in-the-Fields,  St  JohnsSmith  Square,  the Courtauld  Galleryand  Sherborne  Abbey  to  name  a few.Marta has had the privilegeofsingingtoAnne Sofievon Otter, Gerald Finleyand Emma Kirkbyin recentmasterclasses.

Recordingsinclude HarveysSongs ofLi PoforBBC Radio3,Beethovens Choral Fantasy with the Royal PhilharmonicOrchestra andHolsts TheComingof ChristwiththeHolstOrchestra.

RecentoperaexperienceincludesKate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (GrangeParkOpera2012)Eva ComedyontheBridge(MinotaurMusicTheatre2011) andcoverLucretiaTheRapeofLucretia(British Youth Opera 2011)RecentlyMarta has performed Jenkins’ StabatMateratSherborneAbbey.

Marta isproud tobeaSusanChilcott ScholarandConcordiaFoundationArtist. More detail can be viewed via www.martafontanals.com

London-born    Bass-Baritone    Gerard    Delrez    won an  Exhibitionto  study  singing  and  composition  at the  RoyalCollege  of  Music  under  Gordon  Clinton and   Herbert   Howells  respectively   before   pursuing further    vocal   training   with   Ellis  Keeler   at   the GuildhallSchoolofMusicand  Drama  and,privately, withNormanBailey andRaimundHerincx. His career   embraces   both   opera   and the   concert platform.  Inthe  latter  he  has  appeared   at  many  of Londonsleadingvenues,including theSouthBank Concert   Halls,  St   Johns,  Smith   Square   and   the Wigmore   Hall,  as  well  as  throughout   Britain  and Europe. Recentconcertengagementsinclude Mendelssohns     Elijah   and    the    Verdi    Requiem in Winchester andCanterburyCathedrals and Birmingham Symphony   Hall, Handel’s Messiah   in RouenandMozartsRequiemin Santiagoda Compostela.

Gerards  repertoire   of  more  than  fiftymajor  choral works   from   the    Baroque   to   the    Contemporary includes  much  of  the  dramatic   repertoire   such  as ElgarsDream  of  Gerontius,  DvoraksStabat  Mater and  Waltons  Belshazzars  Feast.  In 2000 he wasinvited tobethebasssoloistattheMillennium InternationalFestivalintheSeychelles.

His operatic   repertoire   includes over 100 roles in operasbyMozart,Verdi, Puccini,WagnerandStrauss. In2000/1he  sang  Leporello  (Don  Giovanni)  on  a national  tour  withOpera  Box, and  inMay2002  he sang  Wotan  (Die  Walküre)  ina  criticallyacclaimed production  by  The  RingProject  inTunbridge  Wells. In September 2006, heagainsangthisrolewithThe Northern Wagner   Orchestra,   in Leeds.  In February 2005   he sang   Commendatore (Don  Giovanni)  at the   Bermuda   Festival   and   returned    in   2007    in PuccinisLaBoheme.

 

He   has   broadcast for   both   the   BBC and   the EBU.  Heappears onENOsvideoofBillyBudd,and has   recorded   four   CDs   of   early   music   for   the Heraldlabel.