Singer (soprano)

Mary-Jess Leaverland

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The English rose and official Downton Abbey songstress who stole the hearts of China when she won their version of 'The X Factor'.
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About Mary-Jess: • Winner of the Chinese ‘X Factor’, a TV singing contest with a live viewing audience of over 70 million people. • Mary-Jess has toured with Russell Watson and G4 as their special guest soprano and has performed with Sir Tim Rice, Rhydian, Mike Christie, Blake, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Don Black. • Was invited to sing to royalty in Windsor Castle and sang with music royalty in the Royal Albert Hall for the Songs of Praise Big Sing for the BBC. • Appeared on numerous national TV programs both in the UK and in China including BBC 1, BBC2 and BBC4, ITV, the JSBC Variety Channel and Sky. • Official Downton Abbey songstress featured on the Official Soundtrack albums. • Performed ‘Abide with Me’ at the FA Cup Final in Wembley Stadium in front of a live audience of 90,000 people and a worldwide television audience of 300 million people. • Featured on 12 albums, not including her four solo releases. These include ‘Now That’s What I Call Classical’, the Official Downton Abbey Soundtrack albums, the Rugby World Cup ‘World in Union’ album and ‘Summon the Heroes’ by The Band of H. M. Royal Marines. • Representative of The GREAT Britain Campaign in 144 countries as appointed by No. 10 Downing Street. • 'Leading Light' of the Generation UK China Network, an initiative set up by the British Council and the Foreign Office to encourage links between the UK and China.

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Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, Opera, Light music, Easy listening, Originals, Asian music, Christmas, World music
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Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Mary-Jess' Song list

I have many songs in my repertoire (examples of which you can find below) and I always love to add new favourites, so if you have a specific request I will be more than happy to sing it for you.
I Dreamed a Dream - Les Mis
At Last - Etta James
The Holy City - Michael Maybrick
Time to Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman
Feeling Good - Michael Buble, Nina Simone
Ave Maria
What a Wonderful World
If I Loved You - Carousel
Summertime - Gershwin
Never Enough - The Greatest Showman
Nessun Dorma - Puccini
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
I Could Have Danced All Night
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Think of Me - Phantom of the Opera
Let it Go - Frozen (in both English and 中文)
Stop - Sam Brown
This is Me - The Greatest Showman
There You'll Be - Faith Hill
Defying Gravity - Wicked
All of Me - John Legend
On My Own - Les Mis
My Funny Valentine
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and so I actually offer this service for free. Being a contemporary classical artist, the music I offer before hand and during sets is of this genre, which really helps create and maintain a lovely atmosphere.

How much time do you need to set up?

Set up usually takes an hour including time for sound check and I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as the PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere ready for the live performance.

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

Absolutely! I'll work with you to ensure we create the perfect performance for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I have my own PA system and professionally produced backing tracks. Instrumentalists can be hired in for an additional fee.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in the song list on my profile, there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I would be more than happy to learn it and sing it for you, just let me know the song and the version that you prefer.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

"powerful voice" "captivating performance" "inspirational stories" "incredibly impressive range" "wonderful choice of songs" "real wow factor"

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Royal Albert Hall The Royal Festival Hall Wembley Stadium Windsor Castle Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) The British Consulate-General Hong Kong

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Sarah Brightman Katherine Jenkins Celine Dion Maria Callas

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

Singing Abide with Me at The FA Cup Final in Wembley Stadium to the live audience of 89,000 people and a worldwide television audience of 300 million people.

Mary-Jess' Prices

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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£500
Up to 1 hour£1000
Up to 2 hours£1250
Up to 3 hours£2000
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Mary-Jess' Reviews

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Geoffrey H
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

Mary Jess was a delight to deal with from start to finish.Her show was stunning enjoyed by ever one at the event. Wonderful evening thank you Mary- Jess

From other customers:

Matt B

I was so impressed with Mary-Jess that I decided to invite her to sing in front of lots of VIPs including HRH Prince William when we held a major Festival of Creativity in Shanghai in 2015. She was so amazing we extended another invitation to sing for the British Chamber of Commerce in China in front of around 1,000 business leaders. She is superb and has the warmest personality of any performer I have ever encountered. Just enchanting!

Sandor L

I travelled from the USA to England to see Mary-Jess perform at one of her holiday shows. She has a stunning singing voice and sounds even better in person. Her live performances should not be missed.

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