English Soprano Jessica Smith is a versatile performer based in Northamptonshire. She specialises in the areas of choral music and recital song.
Raised and educated in Northamptonshire, Jessica was Head Chorister at All Saints Church, Northampton, and held the Vocal Fellowship at Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust. Following placement in the finals of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year competition in 2008, Jessica became one of the youngest members of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and performed under the batons of Eric Whitacre and Gustavo Dudamel during the BBC Proms series.
Jessica graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, with an honours degree in Music where she specialised in Solo Performance. Jessica balanced two choral scholarships alongside her University studies with the Royal Holloway Chapel Choir and at the church of St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Whilst at Choral Scholar with the Chapel Choir, Jessica performed alongside artists such as The Kings Singers and Dame Felicity Lott and featured as a soloist on the track ‘Live Forever Glorious Lord’ on the choir’s album Hymn to St Cecilia released on the Hyperion label in 2014. Whilst at St Martin in the Fields, Jessica performed in recital series, on BBC broadcasts, and in concert with Dame Emma Kirkby. Jessica is an alumnus of The Sixteen’s inaugural training programme, Genesis Sixteen, run by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan.
Jessica played the role of Galatea in Benslow Music Trust’s Baroque Opera production of Acis and Galatea in April 2015 under the direction of Ian Caddy and Julian Perkins. November 2014 saw Jessica premiere Richard Leigh’s composition Has Your Soul Sipped in Beverly Matthews’ play of the same title at the Art House Theatre, Crouch End. She premiered solos in Jonathan Dove’s semi-staged work Out of the Whirlwind in October 2013, a centenary tribute to Benjamin Britten commissioned for All Saints’ Church, Northampton. She continues to sing regularly as a soloist with local choral societies, most recently in Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the Huntingdon Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in May 2019.