2011 Susan Chilcott Scholar
Awarded: funding for further studies/career development
Tristan Stocks initially trained as a violinist before developing his ability as a singer. Having studied at Trinity College of Music and The Guildhall School of Music under the tutelage of Robert Dean. Tristan has won several prizes including at The John Lill Awards 2007 and 2008 and in 2011 has been awarded a Susan Chilcott Scholarship. He has also recently been accepted into Dennis O’Neill’s prestigious opera studio.
In 2009 Tristan took part in the Glyndebourne Festival chorus and Glyndebourne on Tour Chorus. Returning to the same company last year, he has performed the role of Gunners’ Mate in Billy Budd and has sung in the chorus for Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, and Macbeth. Tristan has understudied the role of Dandini in La Cenerentola in last year’s Glyndebourne Tour.
Tristan frequently appears in recitals across London and the UK. He has worked with a number of ensembles performing nationally and internationally. Tours have taken him to France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, the Canary Islands and Zimbabwe where he sang in a charity concert in aid of children with cancer.
Recent solo engagements include: Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Mozart’s Requiem; Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem; and J. S. Bach’s St John Passion. Recent Operatic performances include: Schaunard in La Bohème for Suffolk Opera; Argenio in Handel’s Imeneo at St John’s Smith Square, London, and at the Llantilio Crossenny Festival, Wales, for Baroque Encounter; and the roles of Zaretsky and Captain in Eugene Onegin for the French company Opéra de Baugé. Future Operatic performances include: Lesbo in Agrippina for Cambridge Handel Opera and Figaro in The Barber of Seville for Opera Brava.
(Updated May 2011)
Joseph Straker, double bassist studying at the Guildhall School: likes classical, jazz and salsa and the RPS Sir John Barbirolli Foundation which helped buy his new bass.
DID YOU KNOW?
Queen Victoria attended a Philharmonic Society concert conducted by Mendelssohn in 1844.