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James Hendry

Jette Parker Young Artist


James Hendry in action.
James Hendry in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016 © Roger Way Photography

British conductor and répétiteur James Hendry joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme from the start of the 2016/17 Season as Conductor/Répétiteur. Engagements in his first Season include conducting Oreste and part of the Young Artists’ Summer Performance, in addition to joining the music staff for Der Rosenkavalier, Adriana Lecouvreur, Madama Butterfly, Otello and Turandot for The Royal Opera and Les Enfants Terribles for The Royal Ballet.

Hendry grew up in Kingston upon Hull. He was one of the first students to be accepted onto the Yorkshire Young Musicians programme, where he studied piano with Robert Markham in addition to studies in chamber music, accompaniment, musicianship and composition. He went on to study piano with Helen Krizos at the Royal Northern College of Music and as a répétiteur with Kevin Thraves at the RNCM’s Vocal Studies department. His awards include the National Award medal at the British Education Awards. He has worked regularly with the Hallé choral team, engagements including working as Assistant Director of the Hallé Youth Choir, helping to prepare the choruses for the Hallé’s performance of Vaughan Williams’s Sancta Civitas at the BBC Proms and working as Vocal Coach and Accompanist for the Hallé Choir Academy. He is Associate Musical Director of the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, for which he has conducted an 11-week UK tour of The Mikado, HMS Pinafore and The Gondoliers.

Hendry has worked as a répétiteur on operas including Così fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore, Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and The Turn of the Screw, and on a recording of Balfe’s Satanella conducted by Richard Bonynge for Victorian Opera Northwest and released by Naxos.

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Opera Essentials: Handel’s <em>Oreste</em>

Opera Essentials: Handel’s Oreste

1 November 2016

Our quick introduction to Gerard Jones’s blood-spattered production of Handel’s Baroque opera.

Three new music staff to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September

Three new music staff to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September

30 March 2016

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