Jessica Walker (Afternoon Tea Cabaret)

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    Jessica Walker studied at the Guildhall School of Music and has made appearances for Opera North, Glyndebourne, National Reisopera, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, The Chatelet, NI Opera, The Mahogany Opera Group, Ravenna Festival and Opera up Close in roles including Nerone L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Gwendolyn Importance of Being Earnest and Gloria One Touch of Venus (Kurt Weill).

    In 2010 she co-created her solo show The Girl I Left Behind Me with director Neil Bartlett. Commissioned by and premiered at Opera North the show has had considerable critical and commercial success at venues throughout the UK and abroad, including a three week sell-out run at the Brits off Broadway Festival 2013 New York and week-long residency at the Barbican’s Pit Theatre in 2011. Other venues it has visited include the Brighton Festival, Sage Gateshead, Buxton Festival, Purcell Room, the Lowry Salford Quays and at the Aldeburgh Festival. It has been published as a play script by Oberon Press and released as a CD on Original Cast Recordings.

    Her second solo piece, Pat Kirkwood is Angry, has had performances at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, Grassington Festival and the St James Theatre Studio London, as well as returning to the Brits off Broadway Festival in 2014 as critics choice in the New York Times.

    Regular concert programmes include Brel, Barbara et Brassens, with Music Director Alasdair Nicolson, most recently at the Bath and St Magnus International Festivals, and Mercy and Grand: The Tom Waits Project with Opera North, which toured the UK (released on the Gavin Bryars label).

    Recent and current engagements include Mercy and Grand at the Adelaide Festival, The Skriker by Caryl Churchill at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester (also recorded for BBC Radio 3), Unborn in America at the Vaults Festival, Jessica’s new play, All I Want is One Night produced by Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, The Rattler for Mahogany Opera Group and Peace Cabaret for the Lichfield Festival.