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Lesley-Jane Rogers

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Lesley-Jane is a Classically-trained soprano soloist who has graced many a "big event". Oratorio soloist, recitalist, wedding singer, etc

Bring a touch of Classical class to your event... Royal Academy of Music-trained Soprano Lesley-Jane Rogers is heralded as one of the most versatile soloists of today, and is renowned for her captivating and evocative performances. An established concert soloist, she specialises in oratorio, “vocal concertos”, solo cantatas, recitals and contemporary music, and has a vast repertoire of several hundred works*. She studied singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music where she won several prizes, and has since been made an ‘Associate’ in recognition of her eminence in the profession. Her extensive oratorio repertoire encompasses the mainstream panoply – she frequently performs works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Elgar and Verdi – as well as many more unusual pieces. An exuberant performer when required, she is also a natural choice for new works, and for large-scale pieces and for new works in particular. Lesley-Jane has worked with many leading conductors and orchestras, and her discography numbers some 40 CDs, including several new-music releases for the specialist label Metier, as well as various English composer CDs for the Divine Art, Toccata Classics, Campion/Cameo, Hyperion and Prima Facie labels. A keen exponent of contemporary music, Lesley-Jane has given more than 180 premières, and is honoured to be the dedicatee of various songs and song cycles. Large-scale premières include Joseph Phibbs’ Tenebrae, and Michael Finnissy’s Favourite Poets, but it is perhaps for her numerous chamber music recitals that she is best known. Lesley-Jane is also in demand as a “vocal concerto” soloist; in particular her affinity with Strauss's Four Last Songs, Ravel's Shéhérazade, Finzi's Dies Natalis, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Bach’s Jauchzet Gott makes her a popular choice for this task. She is also an engaging recitalist and works with the award-winning pianist Jennie-Helen Moston, with whom she has recently released a CD of songs and anthems by British composer Peter Lea-Cox. * Repertoire items listed on this site are standard repertoire items only.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
Musicianship
Genres:
Traditional church music, Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Early music, Opera, Avant garde
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching
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Song list

WEDDING FAVOURITES:
BACH/GOUNOD Ave Maria
FRANCK Panis angelicus
HANDEL Let the Bright Seraphim
MOZART Alleluia
PUCCINI O mio babbino caro
HANDEL Eternal Source of Light Divine
SCHUBERT Ave Maria
MOZART Laudate Dominum
HANDEL Where'er you walk
TRAD [Tune = Danny Boy] I would be true
FAURE Pie Jesu
STRAUSS Morgen!
HANDEL Rejoice greatly
BACH Et exsultavit
MOZART Voi che sapete
PURCELL Hark! the echoing air
MENDELSSOHN Oh, for the wings of a dove
BACH Jesu joy of man's desiring
WALFORD DAVIES God be in my head
IRVINE 'Crimond' The Lord's my shepherd
BACH Sheep may safely graze
LOEWE I could have danced all night
GERSHWIN Summertime
SULLIVAN The sun whose rays are all ablaze
GERMAN 'Waltz Song' For tonight let me dream out my dream of delight
GERSHWIN I got rhythm
LEHAR Vilia
RECITAL OVERVIEW:
Lesley-Jane Rogers’ extensive recital repertoire is not listed here, but comprises songs from the Lieder repertory, mélodies, English Song and American Song, as well as light music and, if desired, opera and operetta arias. Whether drawing on popular favourites or beguiling unknowns (or a mixture of the two), she creates well-crafted concerts, discussing programming ideas with Festival Directors and concert promoters as appropriate. Add to this Lesley-Jane's out-going personality and her engaging interpretative skills, and the result is a lively, visual performance, tailored to her audience.
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

It almost certainly won't be a problem. However, it's best if you can get in touch as soon as possible so that I can amend my timings accordingly.

How much time do you need to set up?

I generally like to be there an hour before the start, so that we can set up and get the rehearsal out the way before people start arriving.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Absolutely! The choice of repertoire is entirely yours.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

It may be that I already know it anyway (!), but, if not, given enough warning I am always happy to learn new repertoire.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My engagement with an audience/congregation - they feel "drawn in" and part of the performance.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Barbican, The Purcell Room, The Royal Albert Hall, St John's Smith Square, St James' Piccadilly, many Cathedrals and churches, and many Festival venues such as Lake District Summer Music, and Dartington.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Lucia Popp, Felicity Lott and Phyllis Bryn Julson.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Recording the soprano solo role in Carlo Martelli "Shredni Vashtar" with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Ronald Corp, with Simon Callow narrating.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£600

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Simon M, 1 year ago

Dear Jane It was lovely to see you last night and equally lovely to hear you! You were in such super voice - I thought the Agnus Dei in the Coronation Mass was just simply exquisite! You have a very strong following in Steyning and many told me last night and this morning how much they enjoyed your singing. Many thanks, Simon

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Tom E, 1 year ago

Dear Jane, Many thanks for your wonderful performance at Rendcomb last night – I have had many admiring comments about your singing this morning. It really lifted the concert, and I enjoyed working with you immensely, so thank you once again for your part and one which I know will live with our students for a very long time. All best wishes, Tom Tom Edwards Director of Music Rendcomb College

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