Biography

 

Jocelyn Somerville has been pursuing a singing career since starting her formal musical training. Based in London she performs regularly around the country as both a soloist and as an ensemble member, and studies with Elizabeth Ritchie at the Royal Academy of Music. Recently she has been involved with various recordings with the Vasari Singers as a choir member and soloist, including Gabriel Jackson's Requiem, released in 2012, which has evoked excellent reviews. She recently returned from a tour of South Carolina, where she sang with baroque instrumentalists to great acclaim in Charleston, Charlotte, Savannah, and York. She is looking forward to launch of the new Vasari Singers cd in which her performance of the soprano solo in Allegri's Miserere was hailed as stunningly beautiful. Jocelyn also takes a great interest in choral music, and sings with some of the top church choirs in London, including St Brides Fleet Street, and St Martin in the Fields, where she was awarded a choral scholarship for 2012-2013. As a highly accurate and evocative performer, she enjoys singing a wide range of repertoire, ranging from Baroque oratorio, light opera, song and contemporary works.

 

She gained her MMUS (with Merit) at Royal Holloway with one of the highest marks for her recital. She completed a 2:1 in her first degree of Music with English at Cardiff University, where she received the Sir Geraint Evans award for her final recital and gained the top mark. Other projects have included a Master class series in Ischia at the William Walton Foundation in 2007, and went to Nice to take part in the Academie Internationale d'Ete de Nice under the aegis of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2006. Shetook part in the Dorset Opera Summer School in 2006 and more recently, was a member of the Welsh National Youth Opera, and their summer production of The Calling of Maisy Day in 2008. She has been lucky enough to be advised by Emma Kirkby, who recommended Jocelyn to Howard Williams' choir, the Choir of the 21st Century. She was also a member of The English Baroque Choir under the direction of Jeremy Jackman, and made it through to the Hampshire Singer of the Year Semi Finals.

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

"Jocelyn wowed Savannah concert goers in a concert of baroque vocal music
in spring 2014 at historic Wesley Monumental UMC. Every pitch in every phrase was thoughtfully shaped and perfectly connected to the next.
There was nary a flaw throughout the entire range of her voice - it flowed seamlessly and with even and luscious timbre throughout. Perfect is the word for her voice. The great skill with which she sang was complimented by the ease with which she performed the most difficult of pieces - a consummate professional indeed. It's not often ones hears music so perfectly performed and executed - and this was it. It is the kind of voice that one seeks out to hear a second time."        Monica Harper, D. M., Director of Music and Organist, Wesley Monumental UMC, Savannah GA, Chorusmaster, Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.

"Jocelyn had the audience spellbound with her recent arias from Messiah. Her performances are stylish with beautiful ornamentation. 'I know that my Redeemer Liveth' was out of this world. She is utterly professional and a great pleasure to work with."      David Burgess, Musical Director, Botley Choral Society 29/11/12

"Jocelyn Somerville's task in de Padilla's Litaniae de B.V.M. was somewhat unusual.  There were no long phrases here to get one's larynx into : rather a versicle- (solo) and- response (choir) format that provided a real test of musicianship.  Jocelyn passed with flying colours.  She sang with style, composure, flawless intonation and delicate phrasing."                      Jeremy Jackman, Musical Director, English Baroque Choir 13/07/11

Jocelyn's singing of the challenging soprano solos from Gabriel Jackson's Requiem was exemplary and brought to the performance a radience and beauty that was matched only by the confidence and (apparent!) ease with which she sang. In the glorious acoustic of Douai Abbey, her voice soared effortlessly above the voices of the Vasari Singers and combined to create some moments of real musical magic."   Jeremy Backhouse, Musical Director, Vasari Singers 04/11/10

"Jocelyn has sung for my choirs on three occasions now. Her clear, bright tone was perfect for the music, and floated high and clear about the choral textures.. The first time was for Formby Choral Society, when she sang the soprano solo roles in Rutter's Requiem. Subsequently she sang the solos in Messiah for Birkenhead Choral Society when they put on a charity "Scratch Messiah".  She willing agreed to my request that she sing the 12/8 version of Rejoice greatly, and it was simply stunningI know that my Redeemer was just beautiful.  The third performance was in Rutter's Requiem, but this time with Birkenhead Choral Society, where Jocelyn once again "wowed" the audience and choir alike with her exquisite singing.  From a conductor's point of view, she is a delight to work with, so unassuming, modest, adaptable and utterly reliable.  I am looking forward to her Creation for Formby in May 2010."       David Holroyd, Musical Director of Birkenhead Choral Society, Formby CHoral Society, and Director of Music at Merchant Taylors' School.

"Jocelyn Somerville's clear soprano voice was outstanding. Her beautiful tone seemed effortless in sustaining the high B flat in the 'Lux Aeterna'. In the 'Pie Jesu' her sensitive phrasing coupled with her ability to sing with an unusually pure tone was delightful, and mirrored the sentiment of the words beautifully."            David Barker, Director of Music, The Parish Church of St. Anne, Kew 16/07/09

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