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Nicola-Jane Kemp

Nicola-Jane Kemp studied piano at Chetham’s School of Music, sang with Clare College Choir while at Cambridge University, and studied singing at the RCM and opera at the RSAMD with an award from the Equity Trust Fund.

She made her concert debut at the Barbican singing incidental music from Beethoven’s Egmont and at the Purcell Room with Bach’s Cantata 51 Jauchzet Gott.  Specialising in the coloratura repertoire, she made her operatic debut at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London singing Edwige (Robinson Crusoe) for British Youth Opera.  Roles which followed have included Pretty Polly (Punch and Judy) by Birtwistle for Music Theatre Wales, Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera) for Belcanto Opera, Konstanze (Die Entführung) for The London Opera Players, Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) for the Académie Européenne de Musique d’Aix-en-Provence, Music Theatre Kernow, Central Festival Opera and Garden Opera (also singing Papagena), Cinna (Lucio Silla) for Opera Anglia, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) at St John’s Smith Square, Lakmé for Belcanto Opera and Adele (Die Fledermaus) in concert at the QEH for Palace Opera.

In recent years, she has been guest soloist for many New Year Viennese Galas – most notably at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, touring around the UK with the London Gala Orchestra and for the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.  Other concert work has included Jauchzet Gott at the Festival International d’Aix-en-Provence, Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, her solo debut at The Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House) and A Mind of Winter by George Benjamin with the Orchestre Léonard de Vinci in Rouen, France.

Nicola-Jane was one of the first singers to perform “Queen of the Night” arias live on BBC Radio 2 “Friday Night is Music Night” with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Robin Stapleton and as an editor, won the 2007 award for the British Music Industries Association’s “Best Education Publication in Classical Music” for a series of song collections The Language of Song for Faber Music.  This year has seen the series launched in digital format at

Current performances include concerts around the UK, singing David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, Carmina Burana and Mozart’s Mass in C minor, a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Cadogan Hall in London, and a new transcription with organ of Mahler’s Second Symphony. Nicola-Jane also works as an adjudicator for the British Federation of Festivals and as a Grade and Diploma examiner for the ABRSM in the UK, China and Malaysia.

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