Sophie Dicks and Alex Jones - Voice & Piano Duo
British mezzo soprano Sophie Dicks is a recent
alumni of the Royal Northern College of Music where she trained to
Masters level. She now studies on the Opera Course at the Royal
Welsh College of Music & Drama with Anne Mason. Sophie’s
studies are supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the
Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, The Aspinwall Educational Trust
and a private sponsor in Manchester.
At the RNCM, Sophie sang the role of Varochka in Shostakovich’s
Moscow, Cheryomushki and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed
Euridice. Roles for RNCM excerpts include Hansel (Hansel
and Gretel), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia),
Angelina, Tisbe (La Cenerentola) and Hermia (A
Midsummer Nights Dream).
Professionally, Sophie has worked with Buxton Festival Opera
where she covered Lotinka in Dvorak’s The Jacobin and sang
in the chorus. She began working with Opera Holland Park in 2015
where she was one of the Christine Collins Young Artists, singing
the role of Mallika in Delibes’ Lakmé. Also for OHP she
has covered the role of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus,
and she sang Suzy in Martin Lloyd Evans’ 2017 production of
Puccini’s La Rondine. She recently made her role and
company debut singing Dorabella for Opera Holloway’s touring
production of Cosi fan Tutte.
On the concert platform works include, Beethoven’s Mass in C,
Haydn Theresienmessen, Handel’s Messiah, Durufle Requiem and
Rutter’s Feel the Spirit.
Awards include the Freckleton and Doherty cup for singing in
2011, the Annie Ridyard Scholarship for Mezzo-Sopranos and she was
an International Opera Awards bursary recipient in 2013. Sophie has
been fortunate enough to participate in masterclasses with Rosalind
Plowright OBE, Sarah Connolly CBE, Dame Felicity Palmer, Dame Ann
Murray and Rebecca Evans.
Future engagements include singing the roles of Zulma
(L’Italiani in Algeri) and Tisbe (La Cenerentola)
as part of the RWCMD Opera Gala with the WNO orchestra, conducted
by Carlo Rizzi.
Alex Jenkins read music at the University of
Nottingham, graduating with a BA (Hons) and MA in 2010 and 2011
respectively. Following this he was appointed Musician-in-Residence
at Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex for two years, where he
also worked as a piano teacher.
Alex graduated with Distinction from his MPerf in piano
accompaniment at the Royal College of Music in July 2017 under the
tutelage of Simon Lepper, Andrew Zolinsky and Roger Vignoles. He
has accompanied vocal masterclasses with Roderick Williams, Lynn
Eustis and Toby Spence, and with Sir Thomas Allen at the London
Song Festival, as well as taking part in piano accompaniment
masterclasses with Graham Johnson and Michael Dussek at the
Alex was awarded the Titanic Memoriam Prize for best performance
by a pianist at the RCM’s Lies Askonas vocal competition and an
accompanist’s prize at the Brooks-van der Pump English Song
Competition. Additionally Alex has worked extensively as an
accompanist for auditions, examinations, recitals and competitions
across the UK. He is currently a professional accompanist at the
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
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