GRSM AWCMD FISM
Life as a singer, actor, teacher, adjudicator and ski instructor is what keeps Bryan challenged, solvent, and amused. He has performed in opera houses and musicals around the UK and abroad, has appeared on TV and radio, and has made many recordings. He is a tenor amongst tenors, having sung with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Roberto Alagna and Josh Groban, to name a few.
Bryan trained at the Royal College of Music, London, and the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. Recent performances have been in Dublin, Bordeaux, Cyprus and Guildford, and in Ireland at the Allihies Music Festivals and at David Symes’ Sunday afternoon recitals. Adjudication has recently taken him to Hong Kong, Trinidad and Tobago, Gibraltar, and most recently Worthing, Wadebridge and Hastings. Bryan is also an examiner for Trinity College London in Classical music and Rock & Pop, and recent examining work has seen him in India, South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand and New Zealand, as well as all over the UK and Ireland.
After some years spent performing abroad, Bryan moved to Guildford, where he held the posts of Head of Singing at Guildford School of Acting, and Lay-Clerk at Guildford Cathedral (from Bach to Bernstein, effortlessly). He now works as a freelance performer, tutor at Trinity Laban, examiner and adjudicator, has private singing practices in London and Worcester, and divides his time between homes in Worcester and in County Cork.
Dr. Jiselle Rouet
BMus, MA Musicology, MA Musicology, PhD Ethnomusicology
Jiselle Rouet recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of California Berkeley in Ethnomusicology, specializing in popular musics of the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean. Her doctoral dissertation, chaired by Professor Jocelyne Guilbault, focused on the musical practice of Caribbean jazz in Trinidad and Tobago and its entanglements with issues of race, gender, and negotiations of power.
Prior to her studies in Ethnomusicology, Dr. Rouet trained extensively in Western Classical Music. In Trinidad, she was a former piano student of Dr. Roselyn Ward, Mr. Jessel Murray, and the late Sister Jean Devenish-Huggins. As a violinist, she studied under both Mrs. Gunilla Tang Kai and Mr. Kenneth Listhrop, and served as the concert master of two local orchestras.
Dr. Rouet continued her studies abroad in violin with Elizabeth Chang at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she performed with the UMass Symphony Orchestra and the Opus One String Ensemble. At Temple University in Philadelphia, she studied piano with the late Harvey Wedeen and sang in choirs under the direction of Alan Harler and Rollo Dilworth. Upon graduation from Temple University she was awarded the Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award for exceptional talent in piano performance.
While Dr. Rouet’s primary instruments are the piano and violin, she also studied the steel pan for many years in Trinidad. Additionally, through her studies in the United States, she has performed on a variety of instruments such as the fortepiano, Balinese gamelan, sitar, and the erhu. In August 2011, she served as the guest conductor of the National Sinfonia in Trinidad and Tobago.