'Jennifer Johnston has one of the most generous and beautiful voices in the business'
Universally known as the 'Scouse Diva', celebrated British mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston is a distinguished performer in opera, concert and recital, particularly well-known for her interpretations of the works of Mahler and Elgar, and is closely associated with both the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, for whom she was their Artist-In-Residence. A former BBC New Generation Artist, her debut solo album 'A Love Letter To Liverpool' (Rubicon Classics), a deeply personal and affectionate tribute to her native city and the place she calls home, features the iTunes No.1 hit single 'You'll Never Walk Alone' with the RLPO and Choir. Career highlights have included appearing at the First Night of the Proms, performing the iconic role of Jocasta in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with both the Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras, and singing the role of Mrs Grose in Britten's The Turn of the Screw at La Scala. She is the producer of Bitesize Classical & Bitesize Proms, the creator of Notes From Musicians' Kitchens cookbook and presenter of its associated podcast, a contributing writer for publications including the Guardian and London Book Review, and a commentator on the arts for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Times Radio. A former barrister, she is a passionate advocate for music education and believes that all children should have access to music in schools. She is singing teacher to the Choristers and Choral Scholars at Liverpool Cathedral, a member of the music staff at Merchant Taylors' Schools (her former school) and she frequently gives coaching, masterclasses and workshops to choirs and in both youth and adult amateur and professional music settings.
CAM MAGAZINE FEATURE
Jennifer is featured in Cam Magazine, Cambridge University's alumni magazine, for the Soundtrack feature in the Lent Term 2021 edition, talking about her musical memories from her undergraduate days.
"As alumni [of Cambridge University], the friendships, contacts and connections endure. That's the lovely thing about Cambridge - you remain part of a community long after you graduate."