Simone Ibbett-Brown

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Voice - Mezzo Soprano

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Website: www.simoneibbettbrown.wordpress.com

Simone is an Essex-based singer and theatre-maker passionate about new writing, and diversity and inclusion in the arts. She is currently on the Guildhall Artist Masters programme, made possible by kind support from Help Musicians UK and the Guildhall School Trust.

Recent and upcoming highlights as a performer include Esther in Mamzer Bastard by Na’ama Zisser (in workshop, Royal Opera); Mezzo in Voiceworks by Lara Agar (Wigmore Hall); and backing vocals for Mercury Award-winner Benjamin Clementine (Wandering Tour 2017, album I Tell A Fly). This year she is thrilled to be joining The Grange Festival’s chorus for Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio and Bernstein’s Candide, and the English National Opera and Dutch National Opera choruses for the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Britten’s War Requiem.

As a theatre-maker, she is currently assisting award-winning opera directors Thomas Guthrie, on concert play about the final days of Purcell’s life, Burying the Dead, touring arts centres, village halls and churches up and down the UK in 2018/19; and Toria Banks, on Young Women, Old Women, Dead Women, a piece of gig theatre shining a light on operatic repertoire by women from 1600 to the present day, touring in 2019.

Simone has recently formed H E R A with Linda Hirst and Toria Banks, an opera company specialising in touring untold stories by underrepresented artists. In the past she worked for theatre companies Cheek by Jowl and Paines Plough, specialising in touring work and accessibility.

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