Nicholas Mogg (baritone), Jâms Coleman (piano)

Sunday, 25th November 2018 at 3pm

Programme

Gurney: Sleep
Loewe: Der Erlkonig
Quilter: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Bridge: Come to me in my dreams
Schumann: Waldesgesprach; Mondnacht; Schone Fremde
Schubert: Der Erlkonig; Nacht und Traume
Faure: Apres un reve
Duparc: L'Invitation au voyage
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
Cornelius: Weihnachtslieder (Christmas Songs)

  

Nicholas and Jâms come to Stansted with the generous support of the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.

Winner of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Singers Section, Nicholas Mogg studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. He is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Park Lane Group Young Artist, a Live Music Now Artist, a Drake Calleja Scholar, a soloist for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle. Nicholas won the 2017 Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award, and in 2015 won the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize, the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, and the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. He is the recipient of the Baroness de Turckheim Award, the Thompson Family Charitable Trust Award, and the Norman Ayrton Scholarship. Nicholas is extremely grateful for the generous support of the Robert Easton Award, Drake Calleja Trust, Lady Clare Fund, George Law, the Josephine Baker Trust, the Drapers’ Company, a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award, and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He previously read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar.

Operatic roles to date include Peachum in Die Dreigroschenoper, Jupiter in Orphée aux Enfers at Hackney Empire, Melisso in Alcina for Royal Academy Opera, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro for Hampstead Garden Opera; Vicar in Albert Herring for Mid Wales Opera Young Artists; Falke in Die Fledermaus for Cambridge University Opera; and Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shadwell Opera at the Edinburgh Fringe. Opera scenes at RAM include Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia, Guglielmo Così fan tutte, and Schaunard in Leoncavallo La Bohème. Nicholas sang at at the Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival in 2014, the Bavarian State Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2015, and was an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera in 2016. 

Nicholas has appeared as a soloist at the Barbican Hall, Concertgebouw, Palau de la Música Catalana, Bozar Brussels, KKL Luzern, and Philharmonie de Paris with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ton Koopman, and Sir Roger Norrington. He has established a successful duo partnership with pianist, Jâms Coleman, and together they have performed recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Two Moors Festival, Roman River Festival, and the Ryedale Festival. Engagements in 2017/18 include the title role in Don Giovanni and Steward in Flight for Royal Academy Opera, Handel Messiah for Edward Higginbottom in Spain, Schubert Schwanengesang at the Two Moors Festival with Jâms Coleman, and a return to the Oxford Lieder Festival for Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem.

Born in Anglesey, North Wales, Jâms Coleman is a pianist who enjoys a rich and varied musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. He finds it inspiring and fascinating to collaborate with different musicians and values the rewards of this process.

Recent highlights include performing chamber music by Colin Matthews for the BBC Proms live on Radio 3, appearing on Radio 3’s In Tune and on BBC2’s Proms Extra with cellist Jamal Aliyev, a violin and piano performance with Luke Hsu at IMS Prussia Cove, song recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Leeds and Oxford Lieder Festivals and with tenors Robert Murray (in Prague) and Andrew Kennedy, solo recitals in France and solo appearances live on S4C and BBC Radio Cymru.

As a vocal accompanist, he enjoys collaborating with many singers and his engagements include recitals with such established artists as James Gilchrist, Sir John Tomlinson, Robert Murray, Nicholas Mulroy and Andrew Kennedy. Jâms enjoyed returning to the Two Moors Festival in October where he performed the three great Schubert song cycles, Die Schöne Müllerin with Nicholas Pritchard, Winterreise with baritone Henry Neill and Schwanengesang with Nicholas Mogg. Future chamber music includes recitals with cellists Jamal Aliyev and Laura van der Heijden, violist Timothy Ridout, violinist Luke Hsu, piano quintets with Clio Gould and others and recording a disc of French repertoire with Luke Hsu. 

Jâms has appeared as a concerto soloist, performing repertoire including Beethoven’s Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos and concertos by Chopin, Brahms and Mozart. He also has experience of working as a Musical Director and repetiteur and in 2014 he conducted fifteen performances of Tchaikofsky’s Eugene Onegin across Wales.

Jâms read Music at Girton College, Cambridge, where he was also a choral scholar. In 2016 he completed his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Professor Christopher Elton and Michael Dussek. He stayed on at the Academy as a Fellow and he enjoyed coaching and encouraging collaboration between pianists and the Vocal and Conducting departments. From 2018, he will be the Artistic Director of the concert series at St. Clement Danes in Central London.

Jâms is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, a Live Music Now Artist, a Park Lane Group Artist, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a Samling Artist. He is grateful for the support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Elizabeth Evans Trust, the John Fussell Award, the Arts Council of Wales and is grateful to the English-Speaking Union for providing funding to attend IMS Prussia Cove.

While at Cambridge and the Academy Jâms studied with Professor Christopher Elton and Michael Dussek. He has also had lessons and masterclasses from pianists such as James Baillieu, Alasdair Beatson, Ian Brown, Pascal Devoyon, Julius Drake, Kirill Gerstein, Simon Lepper, Malcolm Martineau, Ferenc Rados, Kathryn Stott, Rita Wagner, and other artists such as James Boyd, András Keller, Angelika Kirchschlager, Anthony Marwood, György Pauk and Joan Rodgers.