The Mozart Singing Competition: Jury & Accompanists  

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Beatrice Unsworth

A pupil of David Kelly (head of Singing at the RSAMD), Barbara Dix began her career at Glyndebourne, while gaining wide experience as a contralto soloist in oratorio. As a recitalist she specialised in 20th century classics, notably Webern and Messiaen, and she took a leading part in the first British performances of Cage’s MusiCircus.

For over thirty years Barbara maintained a flourishing private teaching practice in the North-West. In 1975 she founded Mastersingers Opera as a platform for her students, including a number – such as Rosa Mannion and Andrew Slater - who went on to distinguished careers in opera and other fields.

Barbara also taught at the University of Liverpool and various summer schools. With her husband, the pianist and mathematician Alex Abercrombie, she founded the National Mozart Competition (forerunner of the Mozart Singing Competition) in 1987.

Beatrice Unsworth was born in Stockport and, after training as a music teacher, decided to train as a professional singer at the Guildhall School in London, where she was taught by Noelle Barker and Walter Gruner. On leaving the Guildhall, she performed regularly in London and SE England, and with Kent Opera in particular. In 1978, she became co-founder and Artistic Director of the New Sussex Opera, a post she held until moving to Cardiff in 1984.
A year later, she was appointed to the RWCMD as Voice Tutor, specialising in twentieth Century British song. She was made a Fellow in 2006. She was appointed Professor of Singing at the RAM in1996, where she also taught on the LRAM teaching course. She was awarded an HonARAM in 2000.

In addition, she has served on various committees from the ISM, AOTOS and as chair of the Welsh Singers Competition. She has been actively involved in Live Music Now! Wales since 1990, serving both as a member of the governing body and as chair.

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Mark Wildman has travelled throughout Europe and the USA as a bass soloist in oratorio. In 1976 while still a student, he took a part in a complete performance of Bach’s Church Cantatas. He has since appeared with most of Britain’s leading orchestras, notably at the Promenade Concerts. Recent performances include the Bach Passions, the Verdi Requiem, several Elgar oratorios, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony and the televised premiere of Giovanna Marini’s Requiem at the Paris Festival.

Mark is a professor of Singing at the RAM, where he was appointed Head of Vocal Studies in 1991: he was elected a Fellow in 1994. Many of his current and former students are now singing principal roles with national and international opera companies. He has served as a jury member at a number of international competitions

A native of Cornwall, Richard Jackson studied with Thomas Hemsley, and became one of the founder members of Graham Johnson’s “Songmakers Almanac”, touring with them in the USA, Europe, and the Far East and contributing to their CD series. He has also appeared in a variety of roles with ENO, Glyndebourne, and Opera North. He sang Christus in Jonathan Miller’s staging of the St Matthew Passion on BBC television and CD. Richard’s extensive involvement with contemporary music includes roles in six new operas for the Almeida Theatre and CDs of works by Michael Finnissy and Bernard Stevens.

Richard is a professor at the Guildhall and also teaches at the RAM, the RCM, and a number of summer schools. He has served several times on the jury of the Mozart competition as well as the Kathleen Ferrier competition.

 

 

Official Accompanist

ELIZABETH ROSSITER is a staff accompanist and teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she previously held the prestigious Accompaniment Fellowship. Other awards include the Pianist’s Prize at the National English Song Competition. As a student, she was selected for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and also the Park Lane Group Young Artists recital series. She has subsequently appeared at most of the major London halls (including the Albert Hall, at a Promenade concert), as well as on Radio 3, BBC TV, Granada TV and Channel 4.
Regular supporters of the Mozart Singing Competition will surely remember her excellent work as Duncan Rock’s accompanist at the 2009 Competition.