Biography / Programme notes

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Full-length biography

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 in 2003 was 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 such as the Verdi Requiem or Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony.

Lesley-Jane has worked with many leading conductors and orchestras, and her discography numbers some 30+ 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 80 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 young pianist Jennie-Helen Moston, with whom she has recently released a CD of songs and anthems by British composer Peter Lea-Cox.


Mid-length Biographies

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For Choral Societies (180 words):

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 in 2003 was 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 such as the Verdi Requiem or Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony.

Lesley-Jane has worked with many leading conductors and orchestras, and her discography numbers some 30+ 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.

 

For New Music Concerts (175 words):

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 in 2003 was made an ‘Associate’ in recognition of her eminence in the profession.

A keen exponent of contemporary music, Lesley-Jane has given more than 80 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 Lesley-Jane is best known.

Lesley-Jane has worked with many leading conductors and orchestras, and her discography numbers some 30+ CDs, including several new-music releases for the specialist label Metier, as well as discs for the Divine Art, Toccata Classics, Campion/Cameo, Hyperion and Prima Facie labels.

 

For Orchestral Concerts (172 words):

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 “vocal concertos”, oratorio, 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 in 2003 was made an ‘Associate’ in recognition of her eminence in the profession.

An engaging performer, Lesley-Jane has worked with many leading conductors and orchestras, and 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 a "vocal concerto" in a concert.  A keen exponent of contemporary music, Lesley-Jane has given many world premières, and she is honoured to be the dedicatee for many songs and song cycles, in particular Peter Aviss's 40-minute song cycle How Love Fled for soprano and string orchestra, premièred in September 2013.

 

For Recitals (186 words): 

 

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 in 2003 was made an ‘Associate’ in recognition of her eminence in the profession.

An engaging recitalist, Lesley-Jane's extensive repertoire comprises songs from the lieder repertory, mélodies, English Song, American Song and light music.  She has a particular love of 20-century English song and her discography numbers various English composer CDs for the Divine Art, Prima Facie, Hyperion, Toccata Classics and Campion/Cameo labels.  She is also honoured to be the dedicatee of several new songs and song cycles written by various of our eminent living composers.  Together with her pianist Jennie-Helen Moston, Lesley-Jane has recently released a CD of songs and anthems by British composer Peter Lea-Cox.

Lesley-Jane also gives many chamber music recitals, particularly with the recorder player John Turner. 


Short-length Biographies

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For New Music Concerts (104 words):

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 in 2003 was made an ‘Associate’ in recognition of her eminence in the profession.  A keen exponent of contemporary music, Lesley-Jane has given more than 80 premières and is honoured to be the dedicatee of various songs and song cycles.

 

General (122 words):

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 in 2003 was made an ‘Associate’ in recognition of her eminence in the profession.  Lesley-Jane has worked with many leading conductors and orchestras, and her discography numbers some 30+ CDs, including several new-music releases for the specialist label Metier, as well as discs for the Divine Art, Toccata Classics, Campion/Cameo, Hyperion and Prima Facie labels.

 

General (88 words):

Heralded as one of the most versatile soloists of today, soprano Lesley-Jane Rogers 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 has worked with many leading conductors and orchestras, and her discography numbers some 30+ CDs, including several new-music releases for the specialist label Metier, as well as discs for the Divine Art, Toccata Classics, Campion/Cameo, Hyperion and Prima Facie labels.

 

General (49 words):

Heralded as one of the most versatile soloists of today, soprano Lesley-Jane Rogers 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 her recordings number many new-music releases and various British composers’ CDs.