Singing Teacher in Cardiff
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Originally hailing from the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, British baritone Jack Bowtell, graduated his undergraduate BMus in Vocal Performance in July 2018, from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. After progressing on to The David Seligman Opera School, under the tutelage of Donald Maxwell, Jack graduated in July 2020 with distinction in MA Advanced Operatic Performance.
Jack has had the pleasure of performing in masterclasses for a number of notable singing tutors and coaches including: Adrian Thompson, Susan Bullock, John Fisher, Michael Pollock, Ingrid Surgenor, Joseph Middleton and Simon Lepper.
Jack made his operatic debut in 2016, performing the role of Willi Graf in Welsh National Youth Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Kommilitonen! by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, directed by Polly Graham and conducted by Alice Farnham. In 2019 Jack returned to Welsh National Opera to make his company debut as ‘Second Prison Guard’ in Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie which featured as part of WNO’s 2019 ‘Freedom’ Season. For the last two years, Jack has been fortunate enough to join Maestro Carlo Rizzi and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera for the annual RWCMD Winter Opera Gala where most recently, Jack joined fellow David Seligman Opera School alumni in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the college.
Other operatic roles include, Pinellino – Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Mr. Gedge, The Vicar – Albert Herring (Britten) and more recently Guglielmo – Così fan tutte (Mozart). Other covers and scene performances include Abraham Kaplan – Street Scene (Weill), Marcello – La Bohème (Puccini) and Figaro – Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart).
In addition to opera, Jack regularly appears as a concert and oratorio soloist across England and Wales, and has featured in several recordings and live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Wales. Recent concert highlights have included joining the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as the bass soloist for Fauré’s Requiem at St David’s Hall, under the baton of David Jones. This special concert, ‘And the Sun Stood Still’ featured alongside a wide array of concerts, exhibitions and events to commemorate RWCMD’s 70th Anniversary.
Prior to graduation, Jack served as a Student Scholar of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, alongside artistic director Adrian Partington. Whilst at the BBC, Jack had the opportunity to perform under the baton of several internationally renowned conductors such as Sir Karl Jenkins and Sir Martyn Brabbins, regularly featuring on BBC radio and television broadcasts for BBC Proms, Songs of Praise and entertainment programmes such as Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience. A personal highlight for Jack, was singing twice for the Welsh Rugby Union at the Principality Stadium, once as part of a RBS Six Nations international match and latterly as part of the WRU Rugby World Cup dinner.
Listed amongst Jack’s awards and competition successes are The Eileen Price Prize For Lieder Singing, The Webber Trust Scholarship, The Leverhulme Trust Scholarship, The RWCMD Friends Connect Bursary and the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation.
Jack is a registered student member of the Musicians Union.
Music Qualifications & Achievements:
- MA ADVANCED OPERA PERFORMANCE (DISTINCTION) / The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama / 2018–2020
- BMUS VOCAL PERFORMANCE (2:1) / The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama / 2014–2018
- ABRSM GRADE 8 SINGING (MERIT) / GRADE 5 THEORY / 2013-2014
- A-LEVEL (A*, A, B, B) / Clitheroe Royal Grammar Sixth Form / 2010–2012
- GCSE (A*, A, A, A, A, A, A, A, B) / Bowland High School / 2005–2010
- The Eileen Price Prize For Lieder Singing
- The Webber Trust Scholarship
- The Leverhulme Trust Scholarship
- The RWCMD Friends Connect Bursary
- The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation
I now teach from a few different spaces in and around Cardiff including the Cardiff Music School, Canton, All Nations Centre, Gabalfa as well as online. We can discuss the best location for you prior to your first lessons and my full teaching address will be provided upon your first lesson booking.
I would thoroughly recommend jack. He is extremely encouraging and flexible, and has allowed my voice to develop significantly throughout my time with him. I really appreciate the valuable help he offers.
Jack has convinced me I can actually sing (after many many years of being told I can’t by my family and school teachers), and is in the process of giving me the confidence to actually do so in public. We’re doing it via zoom which is working really well and he has given me lots of teaching resources to use for practise during the week. He’s very professional, kind and supportive, always focusing on the positives. Really pleased I made the big step asking for his help and have no regrets!
I have been fortunate to have found jack for my singing lessons and have been attending for over the past 18 months. Over this time I have learnt so much on how to sing properly and paint colours and shapes with my voice. My confidence was not good before I started having lessons, however now I look forward to each lesson. If you are looking to sing professionally or just for your own pleasure then I would strongly recommend Jack as your teacher.
Without hesitation I would recommend jack, his knowledge of all things vocal combined with patience and humour makes him the complete package. My confidence had been shattered after some heavy criticism in the past, and a large part of jack’s focus was on getting me to believe that I had a voice and ‘in particular a voice with quality that I would be happy with. He achieved this and now I am loving hearing myself sing. What a joy. Thanks Jack.
I would thoroughly recommend Jack as a singing teacher, his style of teaching instantly puts you at ease. He is encouraging, and doesn’t make you feel like a tuneless idiot, which I did when I walked into my first lesson with him. He has a naturally conducive personality, and you know that when he tells you how to sing it is coming from a place of knowledge and experience.