Jessica Summers (soprano) has performed around the UK both in concerts and in opera. An alumna of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme (Contemporary Performance directed by Oliver Knussen) and New Vocal Repertory courses (directed by Jane Manning), Jessica has performed twentieth and twenty first century music in a wide range of venues and festivals including the Three Choirs Festival, Holywell Music Room, Oxford (Pierrot Lunaire), St John’s Smith Square, Brighton Festival, King’s Lynn Festival, Dartington Hall, Ripon Cathedral, Science Museum (London) and the St Martin in the Fields New Music Series. She has sung in several tours for English Touring Opera, for Opera North (Education) and for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Committed to singing new music, she has performed pieces such as A Mind of Winter (George Benjamin), Ring A Dumb Carillon (Birtwistle) & Beuk o’ Neucassel Sangs (Finnissy), Poems Almost of this World (Richard Causton) as well as giving the first performances of many new vocal pieces.
Jessica is passionate about music education and outreach. As an animateur, she has led a wide range of projects for music / community organisations nationally and internationally (Belize and India). She is the vocal consultant for the award winning Tower Hamlets Music Hub, THAMES.
Jessica is an ardent supporter of refugees and those who have been displaced. She is a former orientation volunteer for the Red Cross Refugee Unit in London and continues to volunteer, fundraise and raise awareness of the current global refugee crisis.