Jette Parker Success for RNCM Répétiteur

Pianist James Hendry has been announced as one of three new Conductors/Répétiteurs on the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artists Programme (JPYAP), based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

James, who is studying for a Master of Music in Performance (Répétiteur) supported by a full RNCM scholarship, will begin the two-year placement in September after being selected from 68 applications spanning 20 countries worldwide.


He said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have accepted the place on the Jette Parker Young Artist programme at the Royal Opera House.

‘I would not have been able to achieve this if it wasn’t for the College’s constant support over my six year studentship. Both Lynne [Dawson] and Kevin [Thraves] from the School of Vocal Studies and Opera have been absolutely brilliant; I certainly couldn’t have done it without Kevin’s teaching and guidance! Also not forgetting the teaching and support from Helen Krizos during my undergraduate degree too.’

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme supports the artistic development of young professional singers, conductors, directors and répétiteurs at the start of their careers. During their placement, young directors and répétiteurs of the programme join music and directing staff of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.

Kevin Thraves, Head of Music Staff in the School of Vocal Studies and Opera, added: ‘It is great news that James has been offered a two year repetiteur/conductor position at the Royal Opera House. He will be mentored closely by Antonio Pappano (the musical director of the ROH) during his time there and will have the chance to  work on a wide and varied repertoire.’

James’ appointment replaces that of current repetiteur Jonathan Santagada, a former RNCM Junior Fellow who will return to work for The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet during their 2016/17 season. Five new singers also join the Programme in September, including RNCM alumna Angela Simkin.

7 April 2016